Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

Where are you coming from and where are you going ?

Genesis16: 7 – 10. The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” ...

Life is a journey, a unique journey which every soul living on the surface of this planet have been given the privilege to be a partaker. For each one of us we have stories to recount about this journey so far, for some it has been smooth sailing while for some the journey have been rough, yet still for some it is a mixture of both. For some the picture of where they are going appears to be clear with each step, while forsome it is hazy and for some it is a journey to nowhere. Whether we know where we are headed or not not, whether the journey has been smooth or not, one point we are all agreed upon is that this journey began somewhere and whether we like or not, whether we accept it or not, it is going to end somewhere. 

But there is an important message which today's scripture brings to our attention, it is the mystery of the relationship that exist between where we are coming from and where we are going in life? We need to note and ponder for a minute. why the Angel who met with Hagar asked her the question about the origin and destination of her journey, because this is one question which we need to pause and ask ourselves again? Note carefully that the blessing that was pronounced upon her son was premised upon her going back to where she started from, in order words where she and her son would get to was to be determined by where they were coming from. If she had ignored the instruction, her son would have missed out of his inheritance and his journey in life would become compromised as a result. He would propably have ended up running around looking for a fix, one that was already ignored and probably now too late to re-visit.

There is a popular adage in the yoruba language which goes 'the river that forgets it's source will run dry eventually.'. When i was younger and was still caught up in the life of fame which being a professional footballer brought my way, i often find myself going astray, in the course of living it up and enjoying the camaraderie of the game, i often found myself in places i ought not to be. And sometimes i would lose focus and my zeal for excellence would wane, and the reason for leaving home would be lost on me. But to keep myself in check, i developed the habbit of always travelling back home to my family and friends in order to remind myself where i was coming from, It never failed to help restore sanity into my life. 

We cannot dissociate where we are today from where we came from, in the same vein, it can be hard sometimes to find remedy to the struggles we are going through today without revisiting where we came from. If life appears to be taking you nowhere, maybe it is time to revisit your root, maybe it is time to revisit the path that led to where you now stand. Many are struggling today because they need to visit somewhere in their past and forgive or receive forgiveness from whatever that past brings up. For some they need to go back to that past to make amends while it is still possible. Note it was when Hagai returned home that her son was able to inherit the blessings pronounced upon him. It could be the calling that had been ignored, a career thrown aside to chase after the winds, a training abadoned for whatever reasons, parents or kids abandoned, relationships left in tatters without a care in the world for the harm and hurt such actions might have inflicted on the victims. It is amazing how a man can carry a hurt all his life and the hurt would affect everything in his path in a negative way, including the things he cherishes. It is amazing how a woman can carry abuse into her journey life and it would blur her visions of the future and the relationships it brings her way.

For us as believers, our Lord highlighted this manner of truth in the book of Revelations when he implored the church to go back to her first love;
Revelations 2:4-5 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first......

This time around, as christians our journey in faith can take us to the point where suddenly it looks as if we are going to nowhere, we get bugged down by many doctrines and concerns for things of this world we forget where we are supposed to be heading, the call by Jesus to go back to our first love is not saying go back to where were were filled of emotions and praise alone, rather it is saying that we should revisit the truth that we received, the very truth about our redemption and the promise of eternal life to be spent with the Father in his kingdom for eternity. It was this news that brought forth praise, not the news of the monetary rewards, nor the news of earthly posessions which we all would leave behind.

Today the word is ministering to someone, there is something about the past which you must revisit, then you will be able to continue your journey in life with renewed purpose and zeal, with your path clearly laid out and the slippery patches removed.