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12/08/2023 - 13/08/2023 All day

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me” ( Psalm 54:4).

Many parents with means once they discover their child is struggling with a difficult subject critical to his passing national exams go out and look for a coach to help out.  The use of a coach to help a young novice struggling in some area where he seeks to become an expert is an ancient practice. Most courts in ancient kingdoms had coaches to help nobles master in a particular task. Coaches are definitely more knowledgeable and can help the eager learner improve in the area, whether it is learning or a major sports activity, and help him to soon excel.

There are some characteristics about a good coach. First, the coach should be available. Cases often abound of coaches who are not available for their students being locked in other tasks, or just lousy, in spite of being paid. Then the coach is expected to be a master in the area that the student is struggling with. It obviously defeats the purpose if the coach is also struggling and found wanting.

Now, there is a coach, a helper whom we can all rely on to go to whenever we are struggling with any matter, and is not just available but far ahead in knowledge and grasp of any issue that could be troubling us. The Psalmist says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.. (Psalm 121:1-8, ESV).

The prophet Isaiah, had a message: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, ESV). The Apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews, “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” ( Hebrews 13:6).

Where if today you find yourself struggling with any matter, there is a helper awaiting to lift you up and sail you through. It is the Almighty God, who is there as your coach and helper.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you in confidence, seeking your hand to help carry me through whatever situation I face for your glory’s sake, this I 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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