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"and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me" - Psalm 50:15 (NIV).

Anyone of us might have faced a day of trouble. This could be a crisis of a certain nature. Sometimes it could be the unexpected loss of income, as happened for many at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, with yet a mountain of bills to clear. One could have found a dear mortgaged property going. When you're falsely accused and all but you believe in the smear, it is a day of trouble that leaves you desperately in need of a friend to lift you up!

King David knew many days of trouble. Hunted by King Saul once, to ward off his pursuers, "he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard" (I Samuel 21:31). In later years he would be overthrown from the throne and, as he fled, one Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!” (2 Samuel 16:7-8). How hurtful that was!

A day of trouble can leave you so despondent. It is certainly not made any easier when you run into a Shimei, who delights with a certain glee at your misfortune. While we may not determine if we will ever face that "day of trouble", when and of what nature, we can choose to be like David. Cursed by Shemei, instead of striking back he said, "it may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today" (vv 12). And in good time David would regain his throne back.

So, let the day of trouble not terrify you, but look up to the Lord and He will deliver you, and then you will honour Him!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, faced with the "day of trouble" I am not terrified for I look up to you to take away my misery with your blessings, 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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