By Omolara E. Gbadamosi
Texts- Heb 11: 1-10, Ps 143:8, Heb 10: 35, 36, 38, Phil 4:17-19.
It takes great courage to be on the Lord’s side. Not sure if what you are or about to do is worldly wise or right, yet choosing to follow divine instruction is you giving God the chance to prove His Almightiness. It is you saying to Him, “I don’t know what I’m doing but I trust your judgments”. It is you telling Him that you are so afraid or not comfortable with His idea but will depend on Him anyway. It is you (by your actions) giving Him the go ahead to lead even though you have your own ‘grand’ plans or strategies. Easier said than done, isn’t it? Most times, it’s us responding with, “Excuse me, but no, thanks, Sir! or “I hope you know what you are doing, Lord”. The lack of an immediate response tempts us to want to back out and return to the familiar terrain of self-help (that safe place that isn’t so safe after all).
Common sense can never be ruled out; we all need it to excel in life generally but there are times when what is required is faith. We as mere mortals naturally tend to rationalize every situation and go for what seems reasonably predictable. However, he who would let the Lord take him by the hand will have to walk by faith and not by sight. What you are seeing as unsafe may be your safest route, what you are seeing as demeaning may be your ticket to a breakthrough. If only we learn to trust in the Lord. Faith is the assurance that what we hoped for will eventually happen regardless of the situation presented before us. Appearance is not always reality.
Abraham led a seemingly rewarding pagan life until God called him unto a life of unfamiliar norms. He even had three days to change his mind while on the journey to deliver Isaac unto the Lord. I can’t imagine how tough it must have been for him to keep going. There was famine in the land and it was only sensible for Isaac to leave and find his greener pastures elsewhere. But the Lord instructed him to stay. Stay?! It didn’t make sense! Well, his obedience proved God was right! Isaac prospered. Where there was a casting down for others (those who may have been self-reliant), he experienced a lifting up. The same could not be said about his older cousin. Lot didn’t seek God’s direction; he merely surveyed the land, saw it was a rich and fertile one (or so he thought) and made straight for the better life. It didn’t take him long to realize that all that glittered wasn’t gold and the bible records that he was grieved day and night because of the lawlessness in the land (Gen 13:13, Gen 14:12-16, 2 peter 2:7-8). Where he thought would bring him happiness, gave him material comfort (even political influence) quite alright but he spent it in sorrow. The amazing part of his experience was he had the opportunity to right his wrong by seeking God to help get him out of the corrupt system early enough (with his possessions still intact), but he was too caught up with the privileges he enjoyed in the city. However, God in His infinite mercy rescued Lot who eventually lost all he had laboured for. Beloved, there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. We learn from this biblical account how Lot’s materialistic motive caused him to wallow in misery and deep regrets as his ‘success’ story turned out to be a fleeting one (Ps 32:10).
The bible encourages us thus, to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding (Pr 3:5) and that we should acknowledge Him in all our ways so He can direct our paths (Pr 3:6). Let us be like Peter who took the courage to come out of the boat to meet with Jesus on water. If he didn’t, he would have missed the chance to experience that profound possibility of walking on water. Likewise, let us come out of the comfort zone of trusting in our own strength but rather do what the spirit of the Lord speaks within our hearts to do. Our testimony would be extraordinary. It’s a challenge but may the Lord help us at such times when we desperately need to trust and obey Him.
So does God know what he is doing? Of course! He always does. For The earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof; the world and all who dwell therein. He is the only one who knows the end from the beginning because He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. He sees everything and knows what you can never fathom about your life. He is JEHOVAH!
Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and for ever.
Omolara Gbadamosi is a Christian educator and writer. You can visit http://www.lampdivine.wordpress.com to read more of her articles on the Christian life in general as well as Christian parenting.