DON’T GUESS THE MODE OF HIS CATERING
Come what may
Let me begin with the three Hebrews words:
Dan 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Dan 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
My faith looks up to Jesus always for grace to continue to uphold this resoluteness. The disciples followed Christ even when He told them how they would be hated and afflicted because of His Name. But song would be close to
Where could I go
Where could I go
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend
To help me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord
That is a song by J. B. Coats that is the description of the resoluteness of the disciples. The three Hebrews knew God could deliver them –that is settled. And He will deliver them –that’s faith. But when we have prayed with faith and anticipated results we often felt let down when the results failed to come, perhaps, not when desired. We may be faced with situations that we desperately wanted God’s intervention and it seemed God’s too busy with some other businesses and peoples. Whatever may come my way, my life is in His hands. I have decided to follow Him and there’s no turning back. You have to follow Him and there’s no turning back.
God’s not answerable to faith
The prayer of faith will heal the sick? Yes it will. But in a gathering, will it heal all the sick at a time? No, it won’t, not even in Kathryn Kuhlman’s shrine. But why is that the case? I’m sorry, I don’t know. Faith like a mustard seed can move a mountain? Yes it can. Does that mean if it does not move the mountain God is a liar? No, never! Does that mean I have committed one sin? No, not necessarily and yes, that may be the case.
Bishop Oyedepo’s testimony is wonderful. His wife was sick and he prayed for her healing. But he waited and had to tell God that whether God healed her or not He will still continue to be God, and his God. God healed her. Glory! But many have departed from God because of such a case of praying for healing while their beloved eventually died. Many became God’s enemy and started to campaign against anything called god.
It is in this light that we must know that even faith does not make God answerable to us. We have faith in His words that assert His promises. Do we have trust in His words that assert patience? He’s unquestionable, not even to faith! Remember Paul understood faith deeply yet he prayed on one thing and his request wasn’t granted. So, I cannot ask, “Why haven’t you answered my prayers of faith?” in a way that shows I’m disappointed and frustrated. But I can pray and ask Him why, in a way that portrays trust, humility and dependence on Him.
The three Hebrew did not only express that they have faith but also that they know God as supreme. “But if not… if God will not deliver us, He must have a good reason for that and we trust Him. So, we will still not deny Him.
His thoughts are good (Jer. 29:11)
There’s a song by Dorinda Clark Cole, “Be not dismayed whatever betides; God will take care of you.” That is the confidence that must keep us going in every situation. And unpleasant situations are supposed to be sometimes, in fact very rarely. Job’s case was once. A life filled with difficulties in all aspects is a life that is not operating in the freedom and power of Christ. God tests the righteous. Yes, He does. And it’s for a time. A lasting trial has got to stop. Pray about it. Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is within. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. That is without. Peace in our mind will be Joy in our expressions. When we have peace through the confidence in his good thoughts towards us then our Joy will never be attacked or suppressed by roars of lions or seas neither by whistles of the wind and hunters.
We chose to practice in lack
Early December, after my roommate and I had settled bills and bought some things, we could not refill gas because if we did there’d be no money to buy food stuffs. So we started to eat #100 fried potatoes in the morning, close to midday and same at night. At times we’ll take gaari in the morning. And that continued for about two weeks –for that long because we’re lucky. If it’s not become a testimony I’d not have shared it.
Pray, though God sees you
I knew my God is in control of all situations and He knew what I was passing through and what I was working on. My life is in His hands. I trust His word in Proverbs 10:3 that “The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish.” I didn’t read that Elijah prayed or worried when God intervened in Elijah’s case. He never lacked supplies. But Elijah was a man of prayer. So, in my prayers I didn’t really specify what my urgent needs were. God sees everything and there’s no doubt He’s with me. O Holy Jesus! He won’t let me die. But He could watch me look up to the hills and suffer hunger until I learn to ask. I have no excuse. Jesus, being Christ, still prayed. And He taught us to ask and to pray and not be weary. So, God waited until I came to myself. Whatever the holiness, whatever the faith we must still pray and ask. That’s how we demonstrate our childhood to His Fatherhood.
Unto the Lord
Someone saw two presentable men. He’s very happy. “Wow!” said he in his mind, “these two are rich.” He set his eyes on them with his hapless composure. Now, when the men reached him and stopped he was happy that his misery got their attention. O how often some people, especially in the needy category tell hard luck stories –appealing to pity! But the two men redirected the man’s gaze to the Lord. They had nothing but Christ:
Act 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Act 3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Act 3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
Act 3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
El Elyon God Most High who chose me to love thank You. The Holy Spirit knew I had exhausted all options and then I would listen well. So, He whispered it that I should pray even about daily food –my daily bread. And then I prayed. I told God I wanted to eat delicious meal. I wanted to eat meat. The Israelites prayed and they ate richly. I love amala but I didn’t specify. One thing was now sure –I’ll eat good food.
How will it happen?
I had decided not to get into God’s way after I have asked Him to take charge except He leads me to do a thing. But this time, I waited and looked unto God in two directions. One really promised to brings us sufficient gaari but she wouldn’t. Another wouldn’t come with food or stuff as expected. And that’s good.
God ways are different
I had even forgotten that I prayed about this. Until the Holy Spirit reminded me and told me I have to thank God. Looking at the plate of amala and the vegetable soup rich in egusi and spices and meat, He said, “You prayed that you wanted this. Didn’t you?” Immediately I remembered. I smiled. We didn’t refill gas but a colleague gave us electric cooker which he said was too slow but was too or very fast for us. That’s a miracle. I must say that it’s not the colleague that owned the cooker but his neighbour who became tired of the slow cooker. And we got money in ways we never expected and went to the market. And my soul is not famished
Why should I share testimony about God’s miracle on food? Since I’ve come to the North I’ve learnt that to eat good food is normal for many yet it’s not normal for many. And I share this testimony to teach prayer –prayer and praising for everything including daily needs. We should pray to God for all our needs (and thank Him for all our provisions and needs too). Our wisdom and efforts may yield results but they are not substitute to God’s catering for us. Rather, they are God’s grace upon us actualizing His goodness and mercy for us.
On other things
We should take everything to the Lord in prayer that we may not forfeit privileges. I have prayed on several things and God has answered many. But often times we suffer in little things because we focus on the big things too much and ignore the little things that also matter. I mean it’s true we’re the one to buy stuffs and cook what we want to eat. I mean we must work. I will never campaign for faith without works for that’s scripturally a dead faith. But even in and on our daily food we should pray.
I have a better plan
My father sold a portion of land to someone in 2011. In 2015 that he upon advice and encouragement sold that same land to someone else. When I could not discourage him from doing so, I prayed that the land must never be sold. A woman bought it, I laughed. She asked for her money and said she didn’t want the land again. Many came and didn’t buy. But I was at the Chapel of Christ Our Light in the University of Lagos when the Holy Spirit told me that he had a better plan. “O wow! No problem the, Thy will be done!” And the following day the land was sold. My father didn’t pay the first buyer. He gave the money to a friend, the agent in between him and the buyer. And that agent spent the money.
I never expected trouble or any legal case to arise from the land issue. Trouble started and we were to forfeit another portion of land on which my father has built his house. I did my logic, we calculated and gathered what we had, we’d get more. And people would lend us money. I left Ogun State and went to Kano State for NYSC, anxious. Then I got a call that the one who would give 150 thousand naira now said it’s not more than 30 thousand naira. My God! The whole planned has already failed with that disappointment. The -source who would give 100 thousand said it’s now sixty. Jesus! What a shame! And the agent relocated to nowhere in Lagos. Gbam! My plans failed. We can hardly guess the mode of his answering correctly. We should just be faithful in following instructions. Most times, he won’t reveal everything unto us. We will just get instructions in bits and in levels. Ours is to follow. I asked the Holy Spirit of the better plans but he didn’t say anything. We were to pay all debt in November of vacate the land. I prayed and November became December, I was still very anxious. One day, as November was going to end, the Holy Ghost put a song in my heart, “My God is in control of all situations.” I sang-prayed it. I then rested assured it was all settled. First I learnt never to attempt to run on my own or fight on my own. Never! At every point I must always ask myself, “Hope God’s involved or Hope God’s in charge of this situation, am I the one in charge instead of God?” And everything was settled with no more running. It’s a great testimony. Anxiety cannot do anything. It’s better to let God handle every case. We will only need to follow His lead and stay calm, trusting Him if He’s not leading us.
I now thank God for the troubles that arose that caused me to take steps that I will forever be glad I took. The trouble pushed from dreams to goals. The trouble caused me to develop passion for planning and taking actions. Later, I understood the better plan. He settled the case. But He used it as a catalyst for my potentials. How would I have known that that was what He meant? Also, I learnt many a lesson from that situation and I’m refined. Have you taken your situation to God? If you have not, please do. If you have, then all is settled. Just wait upon Him and continue with other things.
Without God or religiosity
Who says you cannot succeed without praying or tithing? Many are not Christians and they’re successful. China has the very many irreligious people in the world. And they’re doing fine. People in other religions, in their practices, if they work hard, can succeed. The truth is that prayer is not a substitute to working. You can apply your logic and strength at every time necessary. It can work. Nevertheless, even the richest always say that hard work is not always the answer. So, they exalt knowledge and financial skills over strength. Both are not sinful but approved. But those who succeed without God will not tell you of millions who failed woefully and tragically without God. We will scarcely hear people tell us Mark Zuckerberg was raised a Jew and is still a Jew but they’ll tell us he’s an atheist. Well, not anymore. They will not tell us that he now believes in God. They’ll not tell you Bill Gates family are religious and he is proud of that but they will tell you Bill is irreligious. I think it’s just the Billionaires’ style, except the Jews, to hide their religious believes until later in their lives simply because they want to show that study, skill, sense, science, technology and business can make one rich rather than religiosity. And they’re right. But most of the billionaires are religious, and godly.
You should commit your ways unto the Lord and trust Him and He will cause it to come to fulfilment. That means that you should continue to make plans and work towards your dreams. But always commit your ways unto Him. In that way, since your life belongs to Him, you will be able to give Him all the glory that He deserves. There are blessings attached to giving, no controversy! There are benefits to tithing! To me, tithing is not erasable! It’s scriptural and necessary. I chose to see that truth. But many are not paying and are even trying to tell others not to pay. And they’re successful. It’s possible to be the greatest observant of the laws and still be the greatest needy. One can be the ‘holiest’ and still be the President of the destitute. Life has rules, Divinity set the rules for nature –sow and you shall reap. So, it’s possible to apply skills and succeed even as an atheist without praying or tithing to God.
Who owns the glory?
In life, for every success there’s at least a factor and a person or people to praise or commend, rightly or wrongly. For failure there’s at least a factor also and a person or people to blame, rightly or wrongly. As Christians, we believe that all the glory must be unto the Lord and no man should boast or glory in anything other than in knowing God. If you, without the knowledge of God’s involvement achieve everything then you will become what such people are and experience what they do experience. You will trust in yourself. You will also trust in your wisdom and strength. Then you will trust in your wealth and achievement. Like the Babylonian king, you will say that your might had brought you all your accomplishments. Then you will become proud and separated from God, perhaps gradually speedily. And you would have won yourself a friend –the spirit of pride and blasphemy –the agents of Satan.
The Holy SpiritThe Holy Spirit is our teacher who knows how to use the Word, nature and dreams and ministers to enrich our knowledge. At times He will make us learn through situations and until we’re reflective and attentive; until we have learnt such we may have to remain in that situational classroom. The point we must get is that there’s nothing too big that should get all our attention and cause us to ignore other things that are important as well. The Church, Our country, Families, ministers, friends, siblings, professions, journeying, goals, appearance, spouse, health, spirit, scholarship, money, ambitions, food, provisions, ministry, talents and everything need our prayers for without Him we can do nothing and have nothing except we’re not part of His own. And when we have prayed we should let the Holy Spirit guide us rather than set our eyes on a fig tree with abundant green leaves but no fruit.