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"You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,  my whole being longs for you...On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night" - Psalm 63:1-6 (NIV).

Are you one of those who wake up to a cup of instant coffee, before you hit the road for the first appointment! Do you love going for fast food, perhaps picked up through the drive way or dropped by a Boda cyclist after ordering on the internet! Of course you need it that way for you have no time and life must be lived hurriedly, before the next appointment.

The instant culture has become one of the most defining aspects of the modern life. In many homes the central cooking appliance is the micro wave, which can get any dish out hot just within seconds. There are what are called TV dinners, which are already prepared and ready to go, once heated up in minutes.

Have you noticed this instant culture long invaded church too! People want "nugget services" where everything is packed in less than hour- praise, announcements, testimonies, sermon, benediction- and church is done. Preachers who cant figure out how to get a message across within that hour, are not up to the job.

Well, all good; but if we look at anyone who developed a close relationship with God, does this instant culture exactly apply? Moses had often to spend long hours away from the crowd to hear from God. "Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights" (Exodus 24:18). Jesus had the habit of starting the day away from the crowd too to have quality time with God. "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1:35).

Certainly there are some benefits that modern life brings. However, when it comes to extending the "instant culture" to our relationship with God, perhaps we need to pause. Can God really be hurried, the way we all scroll through our social media flash messages, before moving on conveniently to the next project...!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray to make time to spend time with you alone, so as to depeen my relationship with you, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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