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31/07/2023 - 01/08/2023 All day

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (1 Chronicles 16:11).

Moses had one difficult assignment. After crossing the Red Sea his troubles had just begun. Within his very camp rose a fierce opposition contesting his direction of the planned route to the Promised land. First, his inner circle stood up to him. “Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” ( Numbers 12:1-2).

And then there also was, “Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council” ( Numbers 16: 1-3).

When we are faced with life’s obstacles, there can be a number of ways to respond. Perhaps we might think of physically taking on those who are giving us trouble. Maybe, depending on our personalities, we could withdrawal and brood, waiting to bite. Least to say, everyone handles problems in a particular way.

Faced with colossal problems, Moses did what could be instructive to us here. He did not attack his opponents or withdraw to himself. Instead, he went up to God! Moses, “asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?” ( Numbers 11:11). Here, we see that when faced with a crowd of challenges, he had only one option: run to God!

None of us is immune to problems. Challenges will always come our way, and sometimes from the least expected quarters. For Moses it all started with his family members and then on to powerful leaders. But as with Moses, we could borrow a leaf, and take our problems to God. Sometimes it might mean withdrawing to be with God alone for a certain period, to wait on him. For as it worked for Moses, then why not for you!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, faced with life’s challenges you have given us a way out and that is, instead of withdrawing into ourselves, come to you, spend time with you alone, talk to you, listen to you, and, find solution for the way forward, to your glory, all we pray in Jesus’s name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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