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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

It is all God's work

Thursday, 05 August 2010 23:01 Bolaji Theo Douglas
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I want you to know that the journey of faith is not that which would always take us through a smooth path. The reality of the genuine faith walk is that it is a journey that will take us through both the smooth and rough highways. It is a journey that will take us up the mountains one moment, and next moment see us struggling in the valley. It is a journey that will certainly take us through the wilderness on the way to the promise land or the palace. It is a journey that would takes us through testing times and trials on the way to rewarding us with testimony and triumph. Finally it is also a journey that would test our resolve and our endurance level on the way to building our faith up and strengthening us through the promised blessing.

But whatever happens during the course of the journey, we must never forget a couple of things about the position of God in the entire duration of the journey and they are;

He initiated the journey:

It is God who initiated this journey and he has done it according to his good will, according to the plans that he has for us as individuals and the Church in general. The story of our life was scripted by God and it is a part of the overall story of creation. In fact the story of creation will not be complete without your own part of the story no matter how insignificant it might look to you or see yourself. The fact remains your story is part of the overall story about creation, and the story of God and his role in creation is incomplete without your side of the story. It is God's project and his alone. He is the author and the one who has determined the outcome and the only one who knows how it can be accomplished and how it would end.

He is right there with us through the entire journey.

He is right there with us on the journey, we are at no time during this journey, left all alone by ourselves. There is a reason why God revealed himself to us as Emmanuel, meaning the 'God who is with us'. He also revealed himself as the Shepherd who lay down his life in order to protect his flocks for a good reason as well. He is with us to make sure that everything we would need to survive the journey is made available. He is with us to aid us and to protect us from whatever danger we might encounter on the road. He is with us to provide for our needs and he is with us to guide us all the way. And oh one more thing he has also promised that he would never forsake or leave us and just like he carried the Israelites on Eagle's wings , he would also carry us when we become too weak to walk on our own.

He will deliver us safely to the end of the journey;

In addition, He has also promised to bring us to the end of the journey successfully, and great are the promises waiting for us there. He has promised to complete what he started in our lives. He has not asked us to embark on this journey with him just for the fun of it, he has not asked us to endure and persevere all for no reason. He is the God who rewards all those who diligently seek him and patiently wait upon him. He is a God who fulfils his promises, he never lies neither does he renege on his promises. Every promise he has made , he made from the position where it is already as good as done.

The message for us today therefore is simple; we must always keep our eyes on God, doing this through our mediator Jesus Christ. We must resist the temptation to focus on ourselves or take ourselves too seriously at the first sign of trouble or when faced with prolonged obstacles, we must resist the temptation to trust in our abilities or fret over the lack of it. We must resist the temptation to view this journey as something that we initiated by ourselves (although it might look like it) or something that is up to us and our ability to execute to perfection (we might actually be tempted or pressurised to feel this way). We must resist the temptation to think we are serving ourselves (it is easy to get caught in this trap) as opposed to the one who created us (Most of the time it remains the main motive behind the journey).

The folly of such action will reveal itself when we come across intimidating circumstances that we are most certain to encounter on the way. The folly of such actions will reveal itself when we try to commend ourselves for what we perceive we have done well or knock ourselves for what we presume to be failings on our part.

Rather, the attitude that we must embrace all through this journey of life irrespective of what comes our way should be similar to the one which Joshua and Caleb displayed as the Israelites journeyed towards the promise land;

And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the Son Jephunneh, two of the spies, tore their clothes in sorrow and said to the people  'The land we explored is an excellent land, if the Lord is pleased with us, he will take us there and give us that rich and fertile land. Do not rebel against the Lord and don't be afraid of the people who live there. We will conquer them easily. The Lord is with us and has defeated the gods who protected them; so don't be afraid.-Numbers 14:6-9.

What was the attitude? Well a couple of points from their remarks would help us see their disposition towards God and the journey they were on.

  • They were absolutely convinced that God was taking them somewhere, they knew that their journey had a destination and they called the place that God was taking them an excellent land. even though they had seen just a part of it, they trusted and believed in the word and the promises of God .
  • They were convinced that He intended to take them there and give the land to them, as it pleases him to do so.
  • They knew they had a responsibility towards God and towards the obstacles that would come.
  • They knew God was with them, and he had already given them victory over any obstacle or opposition that might come against them.
  • They knew they it was all God's doing, hence they had to put all their trust in him and him alone.

It is the same attitude that everyone God has invited on this journey must have. You see while God remain committed on his part to his eternal plan and in his unchanging nature unyielding in his desire to complete what he has begun with us, it must be said that having the right attitude on our part is one key that guarantees we will be able to overcome whatever obstacles that might be on the way to stop us from reaching the final destination of this journey.

Whatever journey life is taking you through right now, as a citizen of God's kingdom what is required of you is to put your trust in the Lord, for that is the standard demanded from every citizen of God's kingdom.

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