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06/11/2022 - 07/11/2022 All day

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity" ( Proverbs 17:17).

Jacob had a son born to him in old age whom he showered with love to a point of irritating his elder brothers ( Genesis 37). The brothers seethed. One day when Jacob sent Joseph to look up them in the field with a snack two things happened.

On seeing him approach a murder plot was muted by the envious brothers. However, one, Reuben, waved them off. For, "When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said.“Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father" ( Genesis 37:21-22).

So, the brothers seized Joseph and threw him in a cistern. But it appears the murder plot was still on. For when a stranger passed by, Judah who was not in it all the way urged, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother ,our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed ( vv 26-27). This was Joseph's lucky break.

What we see here is that Joseph's life was saved because there were two people ready to stand up for him, in some way. This is true for every life. We need someone who is ready to stand up and put in a word for us - even in our absence. May we pray to have such Reubens and Judah's there for us in a time of need. For such God can bring them up and give them courage to speak in our favour, even when not around, to our profit.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that you sarround me with such brothers ready and up to defend me even where I am down, all to your glory, 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!