Life is all about protocols. For instance, if you need to have a meeting with the Lagos state governor, you don’t just wake up and demand that you see him immediately 😂. There’s a protocol that includes booking an appointment and stuff. Now this protocol is not necessarily because the state governor is being wicked, it’s just what it is : protocol to see him.
In the same way, God has a protocol that we must follow when we want an encounter with His person. While we don’t necessarily need to book an appointment for this meeting, we need to go with something vital: confidence.
One of the reasons why most of us struggle with prayer is because we don’t believe God. We can deny this, but that still doesn’t change the truth: we have a hard time believing. Uhm uhm 😭.
Okay! So, I was at a place where I really needed to seek God on a matter. Like I needed to know what He was saying. Guess what? I made up my mind to seek God, in fact I went to camp for a day, worried the entire time rather than pray with faith. No wonder I left without any clear direction. To be honest with you, I was more frustrated at the end than I was at the beginning.
After that experience, I ‘low-keyed’ settled in my mind that “God is playing hard to get” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 and I didn’t understand why.
And like most of us, after that not-so-good experience, I concluded there was no need to seek God on the matter anymore. After all, I went to camp for a whole day and waited on the Lord yet nothing to show for it. I could imagine God asking ‘really? is that so?’ 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.
While my pity-party was going on, I convinced myself that God had nothing to say on the matter. Like if He had, He would have said something 😔. Then my phone rang, and the person on the other end was the one that suggested I go to camp in the first place. I told him what happened and I didn’t expect his response ‘Arin, you have to go back again’. I was like ”cuse you. Go back where?’. In my mind again, I said ‘don’t worry sir. God has nothing to say on this matter or He would have said it by now’ 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.
Then finally it dawned on me what the problem was:
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need Heb 4:16
You see, like everyone else, I did approach God. But I approached Him with doubts rather than confidence. I was so doubtful, it’s pathetic. I doubted everything I knew about God. Everything the Bible said about His person. No wonder I left without a direction 😂.
The truth is, God is the God of hope. He is the God of faith which also means confidence. God wants us to approach Him like we believe His word. Like we know He won’t let us down. Like we know He’ll help us in time of our need. And not ‘gbesu laiye’ and start acting like the devils mouth piece 😂😂
The Bible advises:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord 😞.
That last line pretty sums up why I didn’t receive anything from God. I was doubtful and that’s the direct opposite of His protocol.
Do you need help in any area of your life? Then I want to encourage you to seek God about the matter. Rest assured, the devil will try to convince you that seeking God is a waste of time. He will try to convince you that God isn’t responsive. He will try to convince you to follow your brain and make a decision. But the good news is, we’re not robots. So we don’t have to do what he says 😜.
Instead, you can resist him and ask God for the wisdom that you need knowing that just as His word says, He’s faithful and willing to help you in your time of need.