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"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well" - Psalm 139:14 (NIV). 

King Solomon has been described as the wisest man that ever lived. "Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt" (I Kings 4:30). A glimpse of his knowledge is not only captured in the books of the Bible he wrote - Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon-but also his architectural skills in supervision over the construction of the the temple of the Lord (I Kings 5-6).

It is written, "On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers. He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold" (I Kings 6:29-30). But why would this wise man devote such attention to create a work of exceeding beauty for the Lord! One explanation we can fathom is that Solomon was deeply aware and much humbled how God had formed us. "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Gen 1:27).

The human being is the ultimate work of power, beauty and finesse. Take the human eye- a living optical device with over 30 distinct organs attached to the central nervous system. There's also the spinal cord- a long thin structure that has many functions being the center of our nervous system.

After observing all this so many have acknowledged that it was not by chance that we came to be. Rather, there was a God of creation who designed us so perfectly, that we may worship Him in "spirit and truth" (John 4:24).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today seeing how beautiful you made me I rise to worship and praise you, for you have wonderfully made me, 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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