- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On November 30, 2016
- 46 Comments
Many of us are going through various difficulties. For some, the challenges are healthwise; for others, they are economic, romantic, etc. Today, I want to focus on economic challenges. We may be finding it hard to pay the bills and generally take care of ourselves. We may even be in the embarrassing situation of not being able to respond to crucial needs in the lives of family nembers like contributing to tuition, weddings and funerals. We stay away from social and church functions, not because we’re anti-social or lukewarm, but because we cannot meet up with any associated monetary demands.
But the irony is often that what we are going through may be a far cry from what God is speaking to us about our lives. I remember a sister whose husband was seriously injured in an accident. The doctors weren’t sure he would walk again. His treatment was costing so much and the kids were in school. The sister, who was a poorly paid teacher in a secondary school at the time, had to devise other means to make ends meet. She began to sew clothes for people after work. Meanwhile, in the midst of these trying times, she was having a recurrent dream of herself driving an expensive new car.
Now, that type of dream can get somebody angry.
“I’m looking for money for basic needs and I’m having such a tough time getting it. Yet, I’m dreaming of driving a new car, and not just any car but a luxury brand!”
Perhaps, you’re having a similar experience. This reminds me of David in the Bible. He was anointed to replace Saul as king of Israel but for thirteen years, Saul hunted him to kill him. Within that time, David lived in caves, in the desert and as a refugee (1 Samuel, chapters 16-30). A man whom God had promised the palace! He wandered from place to place, never feeling safe till he left Israel. On one occasion, he sent his men to beg food from Nabal, a wealthy farmer who was having his sheep shearing feast, and they were roundly insulted (1 Samuel 25:4-11).
But if you know anything about God, you know how the story ends.
Isaiah 55:10-11 (KJV)
10. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
David eventually acceded to the throne and ruled over all Israel as God had promised him (2 Samuel 5:1-5). And the sister who was moonlighting as a tailor had a complete turnaround some years down the line. Her husband recovered perfectly, she landed a better job that made the tailoring unnecessary and she got the luxury car she was dreaming of.
Apply this to yourself no matter how hard things are presently. Don’t disregard the things God is telling you now because they seem so improbable. Believe and write them down. Thank God for them often. Receive comfort from those words, humbly follow whatever steps God will have you take and know that at the appointed time, His promises shall become your reality.
Luke 1:45 (KJV)
“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
Put your name in place of the “she” in the verse above. And may God strengthen your heart as you believe Him in Jesus’ name.
If God is not speaking to you, perhaps because you’re not born again, take a moment to pray this prayer and make peace with Him.
PRAYER FOR SALVATION
Almighty God, I repent of my sins and ask you to forgive me. I receive the work Jesus did for me by shedding His blood for my sins. Write my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, send your Spirit to live in my heart and teach me your word. I receive the grace to live a life that honours you henceforth in Jesus’ name. Anen.
Join a Bible-believing church/fellowship and expect God to respond when you talk to Him in prayer. He can do this directly in your heart; through the Bible or through inspired words from other believers, books, CDs, etc.
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