PASTOR GEORGE UNOGO
The speed of the 21st century is amazing; everyone seems to be in a hurry to get result. Is thus the attitude we are also bringing to our relationship with God? Oh no, come off it, God is far bigger than where you want to box Him. His ways and thoughts are not yours. What do you even call late? He is the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for Him?
We all know that timing is good and it is a great virtue to be time conscious but we serve the God who created time but does not live in it. His calculations for you are accurate and rescue comes when you are right in the trap of crisis. Why then should you be perturbed about the challenges of life? Why should ‘gloomy face’ be part of your regular identity? Yes, you might be asking in your heart ‘do you know how long I have been under this weight? Or do you have an idea how people have ridiculed me? The questions go on and on. But come to think if it, why should you be so bewildered by your situation? Is there no longer balm in Gilead? Cheer up, I’ve got good news for you; we serve the God that is never too late. He swung into action when the disciples least expected.
Let me share an interesting testimony of a university undergraduate who ventured to trust the Lord for a meal. “The weekend seemed utterly unending as financial stress grasped me in full force. At first I encouraged myself to turn it to a time of fasting and waiting on the Lord for visitation but sooner than expected, the desire to fast, began to wane and I was left hanging – I could not really tell that I was undergoing a fast because there was nothing to break the fats with at the end of the day so it was glorified hunger strike not a fast. Funny enough, God was watching and waiting to see what steps I would take. I simply knelt down by my bedside and offered short prayer ‘Lord if you want me to read your word by tomorrow morning, send help to me for if you fail, I will use my Bible to exchange for lunch- for a ‘gim-gim’ Christian, this prayer would sound more like a blasphemy but God saw the sincerity of my heart and there came my miracle. I got on my feet, took my leather bonded Bible which was given to me by my aunt in the U.S and headed for lunch. As other people were busy with their order, I was not left behind at all- I did not even show that I had no money to pay for the expensive treat I was giving myself. As I was almost getting to the end of my meal, a lady that sat behind me went into an embarrassing coughing session and I turned to say sorry. Alas it was my aunt’s friend from U.S who was living with s inn Lagos before she traveled out. I needed no self-introduction before dollars changed hands. The money she gave me (both Naira and Dollars) was enough to pay for my lunch, keep me till the end of that semester and served as a good start to my holiday at home.
God is never too late. He expects you to learn to trust and relate with Him by faith. When you feel things are not happening your way, let God bring His thought for you to execution.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
The way to respond to your needs and when to do it remains totally the decision of the Almighty God. This is why I encourage people to do their bit and leave the rest for God.
During the times of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he preached and taught His disciples total dependence on God as a way of life, bringing them to realization that no matter the situation at hand, God cares.
Mat 14:22-28 And straightaway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the forth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, it is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightaway Jesus spake unto them, saying, be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on water.
Any ‘fast’ Christian would have wondered why Jesus waited for Peter to start thinking before help could come to him. Have you started feeling like you are sinking? This is the time for the world to know you have a FATHER.
Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”
God is never too late; He allows you the chance to trust Him in your dismay but the choice is completely yours.
He watches over me
The word ‘watch’ connotes conscious, continuous direct focusing and if the Lord does this for me, it therefore means;
- He sees me always
- He constrains me
- Ensures discipline
- Gives instructions on where I should go.
- With Him as a guide, ii will not drift:
- I’ll meet Him at my destination.
Reaction under fear
Naturally, fear comes when you sense an impending danger and anxiety. Thus is when you prove to God how much you trust his love and care for you. Your reaction under fear depends on quite a number of things. The principal player is your knowledge of God; which manifest as maturity, capacity, understanding and faith. Different people react to fear in diverse ways.
- You may choose to shout for help from man
- The disciples thought they had seen a ghost; this is to say that fear blurs your vision. It is difficult for you to see clearly when you are afraid.
- Fear will suggest retreat/surrender to you
- When you are afraid, every step seems impossible
- The best reaction under fear should be ‘looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Once you recognize Him and cry out for His help, He will stretch forth His hand of love and rescue you from ‘sinking’
- Learn to address your fear with the word of God.
Negative effect of fear
- Fear will make you misinterpret the gift of God.
- You may be tempted to help yourself. Meanwhile you know your help should only come from God.
- Fear makes you unnecessarily suspicious.
- Fear limits your potential.
God cares for you so much He’ll never let you down but we have to learn how to align with His time and purpose for us.