Friday, 11 November 2016

Is God taking a nap?


       Is God aware of what I am going through? Does He care? Did I do something so wrong that made Him turn His back on me and not take me as His child anymore? Maybe He's just taking a nap?
        How often do typical questions come to our minds especially when we are passing through crises or when watching a loved one suffer. During such times, everything seems to be against us and we begin to lose hope. We may wonder if serving God is worth it. After all,we have prayed, fasted, obeyed Him and yet it seems to no avail.
         Whether we going through such hard times, have gone through such or have never been there, God has given us His word to help us overcome and strengthen our faith in Him. Here are a few faith-building verses:

1. Numbers 23:19 : God is not a man,that He should lie, neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?
     The word of God- the Bible- is one of the many ways God speaks to us, therefore we should read and believe. READ ALSO: Isaiah 55:11.

2. ROMANS 8:35 : Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?
        We should never forget that God loves us no matter our imperfections, sins or trials we face. READ ALSO : Romans 8:31-39, John 3:16.

3. ISAIAH 43:2 : When thee passesst through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
           God is with us no matter what we go through and wherever we are. READ ALSO: Isaiah 43:1-6, Isaiah 41:9-10, Proverbs 3:25-26.

4. 1 PETER 3:12 : For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
           We should always bear in mind that God cares about us. READ ALSO :Luke 12:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7, Isaiah 41:17, Isaiah 59:1.

5. MATTHEW 7:11: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?
           We ought to keep on praying in faith, without doubt and without giving up. READ ALSO: Romans 8:32, Luke18:1-8, James 1:6-7, Matthew 7:7-11, Matthew 21:22.

6. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 : There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able: but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
     God knows our capacities and will not let us go through a trial beyond our capacities. We are not the first people in that kind of situation and our going through it means we have the potentials to not only overcome but to discover ourselves more and emerge as better people. READ ALSO: 2 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 12:19, Luke 6:40, Hebrews 5:8, Hebrews 12:6-11, James 1:2-4.

7. ISAIAH 55:8: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.
           We may not understand why certain things happen like losing a loved one for instance, but we must depend on Him because He knows best and the reason why He allowed it. READ ALSO: Romans 8:28, Matthew 6: 30-34, 1 Corinthians 2:16.

8. JAMES 4:3: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
      Sometimes, we do not get answers to our prayers not because God does not hear us but we ask for the wrong things. We should keep in check that what we are asking is in line with God's word. At times, God has better things for us so He does not give us what we ask at that time. READ ALSO : Ephesians 4:20, Matthew 6:33.

9. ISAIAH 43:18: Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
               We have made mistakes in the past and we did not always get the answer we wanted from God but those should never be reasons to get discouraged from asking God for something or to see ourselves as unworthy of asking God anything. READ ALSO: Philippians 3:13-14, Isaiah 43:19, 2 Corinthians 5:17.

10. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
           The Bible assures us that if we persevere till the end, God would bring us out of the 'pit' and reward us and if not here on earth but in heaven also. READ ALSO: James 1:12-13, John 5:4-5, 1 Corinthians 15:58, 1 Corinthians 2:9.

         We are not the first through tough times; Ecclesiastes 1:9 puts it this way:History merely repeats itself. It has all be done before. Nothing under the sun is new (New Living Translation). Biblical characters like Job, David, Daniel, Paul and even our Lord Jesus as wall as renowned pastors like Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor Oyedepo also had their fair share of trials. Dr Chris Kwavpovwe -the founder and writer of 'Our Daily Manna' devotional- attempted suicide out of depression but God saved him and today, this devotional book blesses people and heals the depressed. Pastor David Ibiyeomie at a point could only give 50 naira as offering(it was his biggest and all he had at that time) and sipped garri day in and day out but he continued serving God and kept believing. Today he is a well-known pastor of prosperity and is worth more than billions of naira.
     What we pass through is not meant to break us but to build us, neither is it meant to ruin us but to refine us. So we should keep us believing and looking up to God, think positively, dream big, take bold steps, rise after each fall(Proverbs 24:16) and in due season we would receive our rewards. A Chinese proverbs goes: 'Just as diamond cannot be polished without friction, man cannot be perfected without trials.'


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