"God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them" -James H.Aughey 

"During the 3rd year of King Jehoiakim's reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The Lord gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the Sacred objects from the Temple of God." (Daniel 1:1, 2) 

Have you come to realize that almost all the people we remember most in the Bible faced trials or tragedies? David, Job, Joseph, Daniel, Moses, Isaiah, Paul, and not forgetting the children of Israel at large faced catastrophes that today communicate deep lessons to us.  

As a loving father, God is always on the guard of restoring us to fellowship with him. He sometimes uses calamities to get us back on the right track especially when we run astray, to get back our attention while revealing sin. 

In this singular instance, God allowed the Babylonians to raid his Temple at Jerusalem and allowed them to take away some sacred objects used in worship to the Temple of their god in Babylon. 

Many times we assume that by knowing or serving God we are entitled to ease but we forget the truth that God shapes his people through trouble-fastened trials. Indeed at certain times, God allows his work to suffer like what he did in Jerusalem.  

Being challenged by the justification for trials may feel disheartening and discouraging. At the same time, some still read the Bible today and feel disappointed especially that God in addition to allowing the raid, allowed the enemy to root valuable objects used in worship and keep them in the Temple of foreign gods for over 70 years.  

Let us never forget that everything works for the good of the Lord. He who allowed the raiding of the Temple by the Babylonians also made the return of all the stolen valuables to the Temple in Jerusalem possible after 70 years in addition with other valuables. We must trust God that he is always in control and He is ever watching over all who trust in him.  

Prayer Today: Heavenly father, the lion of Judah, I have all the confidence that you have a perfect plan for me. Your hand guides my steps and provides me with all I need. Because you are good, you want only the best for me. Merciful Father, I ask that your pathway will become manifest in my life. Help me to walk in the paths that you have laid out in front of me and lead me through the narrow gate. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen. 

Albert Collins Kyeyune