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10/10/2021 03:00 - 11/10/2021 02:00

“and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” - Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV).

One of the most difficult things during the strict Covid 19 lockdown was prohibition of physical meeting. The Apostle Paul may not have imagined a time where churches were locked off premises as a measure to ward off a killer virus. There are many believers who struggled with that and for a number of worthy reasons.

Physical meeting do enable us share concerns with each other, for Paul writes, “Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?” (11 Cor 11:28-29). This is why when believers meet each other in fellowship they, among others, share their prayer needs and pray for each other. “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them” (Mathew 18:20). Meeting each other also provides an opportunity to share testimonies that inspire others in the Lord’s work. I Chronicles 16:8 says, “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!”

Of course, physical meetings can also be distracted by busy bodies who rather than stay focused on the Lord, use such as an opportunity to engage in idle talk. This is why Paul expressed concern for believers in Thessalonica, “We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down ..” (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12). Without being on guard so often Satan uses meetings to cause dissension that derail the steady progress of the Lord’s work.

These days of course, with advancement in technology, fellowship may not necessarily be physical as the means are there to communicate still at a distance. There are sensible tools around that allow us meet virtually, which is good. However, there is still room and purpose for meeting physically, which every believer should take advantage of once the opportunity presents itself.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a joy and blessing to meet with the brethren, as you enable, to share needs and pray for each other, and may I take advantage of this, in Jesus name I pray.

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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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