And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to
the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son... Genesis 18:10
With all the will in the world, there are certain things you
can’t speed up; as the saying goes, it takes 13 hours to build a Toyota and six months to build a
Rolls-Royce. When it was time for God to bless Abraham with the promised child,
the Almighty still had to deliver according to the time of life.
Pregnancy in humans is for 9 months which is divided into 3
blocks called trimesters.
The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to
attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will
not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought,
“David cannot get in here.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is
the City of David. 2 Samuel 5:6&7 (NIV)
It’s amazing how David’s company has now changed,
the reference for the first time now reads, “the king and his men”. However,
the coronation or anointing is a point of departure not a point of convergence.
All the tribes of Israel came
to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who
led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lordsaid to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you
will become their ruler.’”
When all the elders of
Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with
them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David
king over Israel.
And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold;
depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into
the forest of Hareth. 1 Samuel 22:5
The cave of Adullam was a prominent place in the making of
David the King, Adullam which was translated to mean a hiding place, a retreat
or fortress. The first army gathered themselves to David at Adullam, though
they were more or less a bunch of renegades.
While it is probably tempting to want to remain in the cave
for safety, unless supplies can be replenished, the cave is nothing more than a
So I have come down to
rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites,
Hivites and Jebusites. Exodus
Sometimes we are so
naïve, we want the land flowing with milk and honey but we want nothing to do
with the bees.
Many people have turned
back at the sight of bees in the land of promise even though Man and bees have
worked together for thousands of years.
And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out,
fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod
of God in mine hand. Exodus 17:9
Moses was clear on the instruction to Joshua; he also made it
clear he wasn’t coming on the campaign. By the way this was different from the
situation with David who contrary to traditions decided to stay back in
Jerusalem while Israel was at war. We saw where that landed David in 2 Samuel
Here was an urgent assignment but also very important, a
journey that could lead to the ultimate sacrifice yet he only has one day to
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an
eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is
seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is
unseen is eternal. -2 Corinthians
"A gem cannot
be polished without
friction, nor a man perfected without trials." - Lucius Annaeus
It’s very likely you had challenges last year, if you didn’t;
you may be dead or in coma without knowing.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose
delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That
person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in
season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
Walking in step with the wicked, standing in the way that
sinners take and sitting in the company of mockers may look inviting sometimes;
perhaps it guaranty’s acceptance or quick results.
The toil of fools wearies
them; they do not know the way to town. Ecclesiastes 10:15 (NIV)
Of course not all products are great for
the market, some arrived too early while others arrived too late; today is
dedicated to those that failed to arrive all together.
Just about 10 years ago,
before the release of the first IPad, I had a mobile phone I liked so much. For
all intent and purpose, it seemed to function like an IPad or any window based
notebook. T-Mobile called it the Ameo.
In an era when the bulk of
production was farm produce, probably your biggest issue is preserving the
freshness of your harvest.
If the axe is dull and
its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success. Ecclesiastes
six hours to chop down a tree," Abraham Lincoln asserted, "and I will spend the first four sharpening the
axe”. In today’s world of chain saw and power tools it’s
probably difficult to relate to some simple exercises such as sharpening the
going to the farm with my grandmother, you take your machete to the big ‘male’
stone in the courtyard with a bowl of water and begin the process of sharpening.
hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children
are not disciplined by their father? If
you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate,
not true sons and daughters at all. Hebrews 12:7&8 (NIV)
The life of a believer
is compare to being a soldier. Various people were attracted to the military
for different reasons, family tradition, love for combat, finding direction and
structure in life and others probably saw it a patriotic duty.
is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This
is what the ancients were commended for. By
faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his
inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews
11:1, 2&8 (NIV)
Over the years my perception of the subject of faith has
changed a bit from how to receive things from God, especially materials things
or the so-called good things. Now I see faith differently, it’s more of faith
to become not faith to receive.
this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called
may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom
to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15
There are some legal
words in todays’ studies that need to be explored;
Mediator; this is
someone who stands as a go-between for two people in conflict, this is usually
required once relationship has broken down, sometimes it’s the only way to
bring them back to a negotiation table.
Land that drinks in the rain often falling
on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives
the blessing of God. But land that
produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In
the end it will be burned. Hebrews 6:7&8 (NIV)
The farmer clears the land and loosened
the soil at the beginning of the planting season, at this time the land is
ready for sowing, if nothing is planted, weeds will take over the new land. It
is the responsibility of the farmer to intentionally sow the field.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to
all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and
to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we
wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and
Savior, Jesus Christ…. Titus 2:11-13 (NIV)
Salvation is offered to all people, however not all will be
saved, there’s got be offer and acceptance for any deal to be sealed. While
salvation covers every aspect of life; health, work, social, spiritual etc.
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales;
rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but
godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life
and the life to come. 1Timothy 4:7&8 (NIV)
Physical training and spiritual training are placed side by side;
there must be things common to them. To make the most of physical training, you
need to make sure of a few things, Diet, exercise, rest, trainer, commitment
Whatever exists has
already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with
someone who is stronger. Ecclesiastes 6:10 (NIV)
Jack Welch said, if you
don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. This advice is not so much
to dissuade you from competing but to find a better way.
In one of his letters Ivan IV Vasilyevich (Ivan the Terrible) explained what he suffered
in the hands of the boyars after he became an orphan. "My brother
Iurii, of blessed memory, and me they brought up like vagrants and children of
There is a time for
everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
Everything happens in
time, nothing happens outside of time, I bet you’ve heard the phrase save some
time before, how absurd because time cannot be saved, makes not difference
whether you do something or nothing, time drifts anyway.
We don’t manage time, it’s
ourselves we manage. Alec MacKenzie observed that "Getting
control of your time means facing up to the fact that you are usually the
problem, not someone else.
A person can do nothing
better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too,
I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes 2:24&25 (NIV)
The term job satisfaction can be considered
in various dimensions, there is the feeling of accomplishment you get for
providing a meaningful service, it is what I call the joy of excellence. This is not peculiar to any one type service. It
applies to the good teacher helping a troubled kid as much as to a care
assistant looking after a client.
I, the Teacher, was king
over Israel in Jerusalem. I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom
all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on
mankind! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them
are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 (NIV)
What’s the use struggling
to climb to the top of the ladder and then realise it was leaning on the wrong
wall all along; meaningless. A man sacrifices everything, health, family and
relationships to chase after business success.