- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On September 23, 2017
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Looking at nature can be so inspiring. So can taking pix of it. So I do both whenever I can. Seems I’m not the only one who does this in my family. One evening during a visit, my niece ran excitedly into the house to announce, “There’s a rainbow. See!” She had gone over to the window as she bounded into the room and was pointing at the sky. I was impressed that she appreciated creation.
True, there was a rainbow, but it was a bit faint and it wasn’t the whole arc. Some of it was under some fluffy white and grey clouds. Besides, the mosquito netting on the window was obscuring the sight. She asked me to go outside the house for a better view. Just what I was thinking. I grabbed my tablet and we went into the compound. I took some shots but they weren’t so good. Then we went outside the compound but trees and power lines were messing up the perspective.
Finally, I told her we should try the back porch. Voila! We still couldn’t see the whole bow but we had the best pictures we could get given the limitations of my device and the unyielding clouds. So we hadn’t needed to go outside the house after all. (A few of the cropped pix from that exercise illustrate this post.)
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As I reflected on this experience, I learnt five things that blessed my heart and hereby share them with you.
LESSONS FROM THIS EXPERIENCE
There’s no counting how often we expend ourselves and run hither and thither for something when it’s already within our reach. And how we worry and “pray” (actually a lot of it won’t pass muster as proper prayer) and negotiate to get what is technically ours! How many times have we cried, “Oh Lord, heal me!” or “Oh Lord, be with me!” when He has promised us in His word that by His wounds, we have been healed (1 Peter 2:24) and that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5)?
There are some scriptures on this from the Epistles that make me crazy. (I’ll emphasise the particular parts I’m referring to in each verse.)
“And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” – (Colossians 2:10).
“… For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours” – (1 Corinthians 3:21-22).
“… his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” – (2 Peter 1:3).
In other words, all we will ever need come from God and He has given them to us in Christ Jesus.God has given us everything we need in Christ Jesus. Click To Tweet
However, our experiences may not always line up with the word of God and the enemy plays upon that fact. He attempts to push us to acknowledge him as though our fortunes were up to him. He claims he can let us have what is rightfully ours from God if we give him allegiance or take other steps that would offend God. This isn’t a new trick. He tried it with the Lord Jesus during his temptations at the beginning of His ministry.
“5. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” – (Luke 4:5-8).
The devil was offering the world to Jesus, the Son of God! Meanwhile the Scriptures aver that “by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” – (Colossians 1:16). Now, isn’t that rich?
The Book of Hebrews spells out what gave the devil the temerity to take that step.
“7. Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8. Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” – (Hebrews 2:7-9).
Jesus was in the flesh, on a mission to die for the sins of mankind. He wasn’t on His throne in glory, so the devil came to confuse and insult himself.
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All through that encounter, Jesus stuck to the word of God and got the victory. So should we.We should face every temptation with the word of God as the Lord Jesus did. Click To Tweet
That is to say when our circumstances contradict God’s promises, we should stand by and speak His word over them. We should believe His word to be true regardless of what we see. Then we can walk in the reality of our “God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were” – (Romans 4:17).
Lesson 1: We often stress ourselves out unnecessarily to get what is very close or what is already ours.
Lesson 2: The enemy often tries to manipulate us when he sees our experiences falling short of the promises of God.
Lesson 3: When our circumstance seems contrary to the word of God, we should abide in the word and watch it change the situation.
Also, appreciate what you receive from God even if it seems less than perfect. We could only see slices of a rainbow in the sky but we celebrated because it is a reminder of God’s love and forbearance as shown in His promise to mankind after the flood (Genesis 9:8-17). We will probably have more sightings of rainbows in the future, some fuller and more colourful than this. But this was good enough. It served its purpose. filling us with joy and awe for God who is “wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working” (Isaiah 28:29).
Lesson 4: Be thankful for every blessing from God, not just the huge and perfect ones. This attitude usually brings great joy.
(Related: Thank You, Lord!)
Finally, next time you want something or a challenge confronts you, don’t be in a hurry to run out, spend money, try this and that, all of which might get you into a tailspin. Take a moment to reflect on it. You may hear a gentle whisper that gives you the answer you need, an answer that might surprise you in its simplicity and save you a lot of trouble.Don't get into a tailspin over your problems. Commit them to God. Click To Tweet
Lesson 5: We should first commit our ways and problems to God before pouring in our own resources or human help.
Get into the word and pray it back to God as His Spirit quickens it in your heart. Don’t be so easily moved by the prodding of your natural mind or people around you, well-intentioned though they may be, like my lovely niece in this story.
You might just find that the rainbow looks much better from your back porch than out in the street.
Dear Lord, may I never forget Your mercy and Your love and may I see Your word fulfilled in my life daily in Jesus’ name.
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The highlights are mine.
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