So (you might be wondering to yourself: Arin why do you start your posts with “so”? Truth is, I don’t know ), after a Midweek service,
I was walking home with Bukky (my friend) and we just got talking. We talked about Faith and she shared something powerful with me that night – it was so powerful and so encouraging that I decided I needed to pen it down for myself (you see, I like myself too ) and you awesome guys .
What she shared – remember the New Testament talks about how Jesus fed multitudes? Good thing you remember *high 5*.
She called my attention to something God opened her eyes to “the fact that Mathew 14 explains that the multitudes followed Jesus. And after sometime, His disciples came and said it was now getting late and advised their Master to send the crowd home so they could go find food for themselves’. His response was heart-warming “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!”
Whoa! Let me paraphrase. The said crowd followed Jesus while the day was still young. They followed him from out of towns ON FOOT. This means, they made an effort to be with Him. Then later that day, His disciples called His attention to something “This is an isolated place and the hour is already late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves” and He simply said something that touched me “we cannot send them away hungry”.
Let me explain what I’m trying to say with a personal example – so I was posted to Kwara state and that meant I spent three weeks in Yikpata Orientation Camp before God performed a miracle and I was redeployed back to Lagos . On my way back from camp, I was fatigued and had a huge traveling bag to drag home. My plan was to take a bus from Berger to Oshodi and take more buses until I got to my final destination. Does that mean I had no cash on me? Well, no. It only means I knew better than to spend my allowance on cabs cos I knew I’d be depending on it for sometime – until they paid the next allowance .
Next thing was to alight at Berger, my huge bag in hand and clueless as can be as to where to turn to get a bus.
Then a middle-aged man who alighted from the same car with me from Ilorin called me and started to talk to a cab man.I was confused cos I didn’t have a dime to spend on expensive cabs *side eye*. But the man told me not to worry. To cut the long story short, few minutes later, I was in the cab on my way to almighty Alagbado (that’s after Abule Egba by the way), so you can imagine how much he must have paid. Before I could say ‘Jack Robbinson’ I was deep asleep and it wouldn’t be a lie to say I slept almost throughout the entire trip. It was then I realized how truly tired I was.
How this concerns you? I believe God used that man to help me – to be there for me. And that further reinforces the fact that He doesn’t
forsake us in time of need. Whether WE ASK HIM OR NOT. In my case I didn’t ask, and in the story I cited, they didn’t as well, but that wasn’t considered a reason for Him not to step in. He’s not a fair-weather buddy .
Are you discouraged today because you have been searching and searching but no job yet in view? You’ve been praying and praying, but you haven’t received your healing? You have been trusting and waiting but it seems your spouse is never going to find you? You have been believing God for a house but nothing is forthcoming? Be encouraged.
Here’s how I like to look at it, you do your part, you tithe, you trust God and to the best of your knowledge you do what He wants you to do, you talk to Him regularly (call this prayer if you like) and you do not forsake the assembly of the righteous (you attend church regularly), and now that you’re in need, do you honestly think God would turn His back and say ‘well, this is where I leave you?’ Of course not. If He didn’t send those people away hungry, He wouldn’t do that to you too. He’s the same yesterday, today and always.
Right now, I’m challenging you to believe God will come through for you. In His words “I have not called on the Children of Jacob to seek Me in vain” .