"God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he'll have compassion on you; he'll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered" - Deuteronomy 30:3 (NIV).
Two women had a claim over one baby. They all insisted it was theirs. But a baby can only belong to one mother. They had to be a legitimate mother but both were at each others throats for the baby. So, as it were, they took this case to a young king called Solomon. King Solomon had just asked God for wisdom and this was going to be his first major test of settling a seemingly intractable case. Something funny then happened.
After both women had pleaded that the baby belonged to one, "the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other" (1 King 3: 24-25). You know what happened! Well, that's when the true mother emerged. "The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!" (vv 26). Meanwhile, the impositor spat, "Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
It was so clear. No real mother would wish her son split like a banana. "Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother" (vv 27).
What we see here is that the true owner was ready to surrender her own. You know what, when you surrender something God has given you, it will surely come back. Sometimes we fret too much for nothing when thieves run away with our possessions. They won't last. If God has given you something of value, and there comes that thief who dares to snatch it away, well just know what is of yours God will surely hand back to you, in good time. Just as He did for this mother!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where the enemy has sought to snatch what belongs to me I surrender all to you, knowing you will keep and return all that belongs to me, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!