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:

Some years back, we got two beautiful peacocks: male and female. Since they were new to our home, we tied them to a shrub in a corner of our compound, from where they were feed regularly. After a while, we untied them so they could wander around, and they did wander around. The house opposite ours had some peacocks as well. We woke up one morning to discover that our peacocks had wandered away to join those at our neighbours and for months, they did not.

One morning, however, we were surprised to find the female peacock had returned and was lying on the same spot we tied and feed them when they newly arrived, whilst the male peacock was hovering somewhere close by. She had returned 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 the scripture for today, He warned 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 couldn’t function, and they would be ineffective.

The beginning of a new year is a good time to return to your first love. Return to your first love by putting God first in everything you do. Focus on Him, give Him first place and let Him be your priority. 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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