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Our Eyes Are Upon You

By Michael Wambugu

When King Jehoshaphat received news that three kings had come together and marshaled their armies (Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites) to attack Judah, he resolved to enquire of the LORD. He proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The Bible says, “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to enquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him,” (2 Chron. 20:3, 4).

The Bible reveals what went through the mind of King Jehoshaphat when he received news of an imminent attack – he was alarmed. Think about it; three kings had ganged up to attack his kingdom. Is it not true that we too sometimes receive news that alarms us? Or we observe events taking a turn that alarms us. We might not want to disclose that we are alarmed, but deep in our hearts we know we are. Maybe it is a job threatened by termination; a business facing imminent collapse; a marriage that is going bad; a family that is breaking apart; a diagnosis that spells no hope. Jehoshaphat realized that there was no time to solicit for help from friendly kingdoms – probably because there was no guarantee that they would offer to help. Or, probably because the combined force of the three kingdoms poised to attack was too strong to resist.

King Jehoshaphat rallied his people to “seek help from the LORD.” It doesn’t make sense to the human mind, to prepare for an impending attack by rallying people to a time of prayer and fasting. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned,” (1 Cor. 2:14). But if you have the Spirit of God, you understand why Jehoshaphat chose this strategy. Apostle Paul said we understand because “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).

Understanding the Times and Seasons

By Rev. Teresia Wairimu

“Men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do – 200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command.”

I Chron. 12:32

Dawn is here with us! It’s a new season! We are in a new dispensation. God is giving us a new name as He raises a new priesthood. This season comes with great opportunities. May God give us an understanding of the times and the season that we are in. The Apostle Paul told the believers in Thessalonica: “Let us not sleep as others do, let us watch and be sober,” (1 Thess. 5:6). And in his letter to the saints in Ephesus, Apostle Paul wrote: “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is,” (Eph. 5:15-17).

When Solomon succeeded David as king over Israel, God appeared to him in a dream and told him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you,” (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon responded, “O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong,” (vs.7-9).

What do you think would be response, if the same question posed to Solomon was put across to us? No doubt we would come up with a list that is longer than our size. We would list the house and the neighbourhood we want , the car we want to drive – the list would go on and on. But Solomon was different. God commended him, saying, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both riches and honour – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings,” (vs.11-13).

Solomon then woke up from his sleep. He proceeded to Jerusalem where he sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, because he judged God faithful, knowing that the mouth of God had spoken. Soon afterwards, King Solomon was faced with a test. Listen; God allows tests in the areas we think we have mastery of. If you preach about faith, don’t be surprised if you get tested about the same, before the end of the day.

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