"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.." - Zechariah 4:10 (NIV).
The Chinese have a famous saying, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step at a time"! When you look at it for anything of worth to mention there was that first move, the first brick laid down, the first lesson said, before what later seemed an almost impossible feat. When the American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon in 1969 behind that was not just a dream nurtured years back but also the first meeting to strategize.
Everything there is of life had to have that first humble step. For the almost 8 billion people on earth science clearly points to our origin to the first Adam, "Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being" (Genesis 2:7). Whenever one comes across any sizeable garden or kraal it has to be traced to one seed sown or a calf born!
Usually a challenge faced by many of us is when God gives us a dream we only think of the end. Because the end appears so spectacular sometimes we are discouraged on account, "how will I ever get there? It is too big!" We look at all we possess and the journey ahead and feel quite overwhelmed.
Yet, for everything of worth, it all starts with that first step. For every professor there was that first day in class. For every mansion there was the first brick laid down.
Today, therefore if God has given you a dream do not feel intimidated because of its breadth and power. Just go ahead and make the first step. As the Baganda say, "kamu kamu gwe muganda" loosely meaning a great forest starts with one tree!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for the great vision you have given me may I start with taking that first step of faith, which as you promised you will bless to grow and prosper to its full size, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” – ( Joshua 1:9).
Moses has been described by some as the reluctant leader. When the angel of the Lord appeared to him and he was given the task to finally lead the Israelis out of bondage in Egypt, he protested. “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” ( Exodus 3: 11). Knowing how the script played out we can be kind to him and say that his reluctance was based on a premonition how difficult the job that awaited him would turn out.
Once he set out, as a leader, it was constantly dragging a restless people, quick to find him at fault, and frustrate his job. When once he delayed up on the mountain, while seeking the face of God, the crowd was quick to throw him out. “When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him” ( Exodus 32:1).
Aware of the challenges he faced, when the time came for Moses to pass on the baton to his successor, Joshua, he knew that that most important gift he could pass on to him was encouragement. “Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” ( Exodus 31:7-8).
It has been said that it is lonely being at the top. When God gives us leaders, let us never hesitate to remember them in our prayers, especially where theirs is a special job of leading a restless people on to higher knowledge and experience of God.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I remember all the leaders you have chosen to lead your people to a deeper knowledge of you, that you refresh them with your abundant Holy spirit to be encouraged and remain steadfast, this I pray in Jesus’ name!