A story is told of a sister who was looking for parking space in a supermarket mall parking in Nairobi the Capital city of Kenya. After driving around and for long, as she frantically looked for space to park around that supermarket, in desperation, she cried, Oh Lord, please give me some parking space. Before she could even say an amen, she saw someone making ready to come out of the place he had packed. As he was pulling his car backwards and my sister waiting in anticipation, the sister, said, Lord, don’t bother, i have already seen where to pack. Immediately after that statement, the man who was driving back to leave, drove back to his parking space and ran back to the supermarket! In her strength, she drove around several times until the Lord gave her another parking space but this time, it was very far away from the previous one. She had to walk some distance to reach the supermarket. The bible says “whatever you do, whether it’s drinking (or even driving around), you’ve to do it to the glory of God.1st Corinthians 10:31.
It’s unfortunate how we relegate big things we are trusting God for as major and small things like parking space, we think it’s a bother to ask for help from the Lord, since we know we can get it anyhow. God in this instance, had moved the heart of the man who had parked next to the entrance of the supermarket to leave, so that our sister may get his prayer answered, but loh and behold, she then thought it’s her efforts that have made her locate the parking space. She learned a hard lesson. God is in control of our big plans and is also interested with our small details that we rarely bother to pray about.
As believers in Christ, it’s dangerous to make a decision without making God aware. God, as the bible says, is also jealous of his people. It disgusts our father when he expects us to seek for his help, only for us to turn eastwards or westwards, or even look to our friends or those we think can help us. In 2nd Kings 1:1-18, God’s jealousy towards his people is demonstrated well. As a believer, King Ahaziah fell from the balcony of his room in Samaria, and was injured; BUT……unfortunately, instead of asking help from the Lord, the bible says” he sent messengers and said to them, “Go, inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury. Do you see how foolish some saints are when in trouble? This infuriated the heavens so much that God had to send an angel to Elijah. The angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ His judgement was clear, “Now therefore, the Lord said: ‘You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’” So Elijah departed.
I keep telling people, that even if your parents, family or even close associates are so rich and willing to help, if only you called, kindly never call before praying and asking the Lord for direction. It’s not wrong to go to Hospital but do you ever pray for that patient at home, before rushing him out to hospital? Majority of us wait until when the doctor says “we have done our best, but he\she is not improving! When they hear that, now that is the time we kneel and ask God for help, but do you know what? God expected you to reach out to him from that day you fell in that bathroom. I mean that day you got that accident. That moment you were happy because of a promotion, is still the day you should have called on God in thanks giving. Some of us would rather buy gifts to those who connected us to get a certain tender, but nothing-even thanks to God, for the way he moved that man or woman, to give us a chance to do that same tender. Like our lady at the parking, when things are moving as we desired and can see light at the end of the tunnel, you only say “Lord, don’t bother-I have someone I have connected with, who is willing to help me with this or that. We only want God in the bad times when all doors are locked and no one is looking our way to give us that tender. When we encounter hostility everywhere, we get to our knees to pray but rarely give thanks to God when everything is working as smoothly as we wanted.
Saints of God, can you imagine this brother Ahaziah and what he did? He thought the accident of falling from the Balcony and the injuries thereof, were too much for God to handle that he had to go to a witch to ask for help. This shows me that God was waiting for his to call on him for help and was willing to heal him, but there he was-consulting witches as though he didn’t know the God of Israel is the answer to all human problems. He knew that darkness and light cannot mix but out of rebellion, he ran in darkness to seek the help. The mistake he did made him to be “summoned” in heaven to answer charges of rebellion. He died a day after hearing what Elijah had said concerning him. He did not even repent. His heart was already sealed in rebellion.
My question to us all is, have you prayed for that small business venture, just the way you can pray for that big government tender? Are your things moving smoothly that you don’t feel God need whenever you need something done? Have you ever told God like our sister, “don’t bother, I have found parking space? Is God your priority in life that every decision must be ordered by his through prayer? As children of God, we must know that our first priority is to honor the Lord and seek his hand in our every step-Why? Because we are his inheritance. Everything we yearn for and seek in other places will fall in place at his command.1 Peter 2:9 says we are royal priests, a holy nation, “GOD’S VERY OWN POSSESSION”. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Let us not be like King Ahaziah. He knew the Lord but ran to witches for help! He died at the command of the Lord but Christ came that we may have life full of abundance. God loves us so much that he wants to lead us in our small baby steps of life-and the big ones too. God bless you and have a blessed day
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