In HIS Presence


Read: Revelation 2:4-5

Meditation verse:

“Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Rev 2: 4)

Some years back, we got two beautiful peacocks: a male and a female. Since they were new to our home, we tied them to a shrub in a corner of the
compound to prevent them from wandering away. They were feed each day on that same spot. After a while, we untied them so they could wander around. The house opposite ours had some peacocks as well and we woke up one morning to discover that our peacocks had wandered away to join those at our neighbours. Thy remained there for months.

One morning, we were surprised to discover that the female peacock had returned and was lying on the same spot, we had tied them when they newly
arrived. We also saw the male peacock hovering somewhere close by. The female peacock had returned to lay her eggs. When it was time for her to birth
what was inside of her, she returned to her first home; her first love.

God uses simple and natural things to teach us important life lessons. In today’s reading, we see Him warning the church at Ephesus to return to its first love, else its lampstand will be removed. A lamp is a symbol of guidance. A lampstand in biblical times was the only source of light in the Holy place. It provided light for the priests to carry out their duties. So, without the lampstands, they would be ineffective or unable to function properly.

If you currently lack clarity in life or are in a place of restlessness and ineffectiveness, or you are so confused about your next move, returning to your
first love might be a good place to start to get clarity. Your first love is that place where you connect intimately with God the most. You may need to put
everything else aside and be still in His presence so that you can be feed, nourished, instructed, and strengthened. For, “…In returning and rest, you shall
be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15-17).

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

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