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27/10/2023 - 28/10/2023 All day

May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem” ( Psalm 20:2).

So often we find God sending His people out on a mission to accomplish His work. The person sent might not only feel inadequate but also lonely. Yet, what we often see is when God sends someone on a mission not only does He equip him with necessary gifts but also provides company where necesary.

Such was the case when Moses was called up from the bush to lead the Israelites out of Egypyt. Speaking up to pursuade a fierce absolute monarch was no easy call. So Moses confidently shared his doubts, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” ( Exodus 4: 10). The Lord’s answer was: “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you” ( vv 14).

Once David entered the royal household of King Saul, it was new territory for a once herdsboy, and one full of palace intrigues. But look who comes up to David’s rescue. “After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself ( I Samuel 1:1-4). Prince Jonathan would be David’s firm supporter through to the end of his life, once helping him survive an assasination attempt ( I Samuel 20).

The newly saved Saul notorous for persecuting Believers was fearful of meeting his former captives and needed someone to open doors. Ahead of him the Lord had already stationed someone. “The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”  ( Acts 9:11-12). Quite apprehensive once Saul got up to Annanias’s house, he was encouraged: “Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit” ( vv 17).

Just as these, you too might be on a journey, where you are trying to feel your whereabouts. Perhaps you feel inadequate and are need of back up support. The Lord is much aware and He will reinforce you with all the support you need for victory.

Prayer today. Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has called me to your work I know where I am weak you have enabled by sending back up support which I am thankful for, and through this team effort lead me to victory, 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!