What Are You Doing?
Proverbs 20:4, 22:13
Message No. 0576 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca
The knowledge of God is still a big gap in Christendom. Many people have many different opinions about who God is or isn’t. Some see God as a miracle worker. They do not believe that He has established processes that we need to follow to achieve results. He is the miracle worker, period. Others believe that miracles are a thing of the past, belonging to the time of the prophets and the time of the apostles. They do not expect miracles today. Yet, some see Him as a very distant figure who does not poke nose into the affairs of human beings. They think that He is like the dormant partner in a partnership company.
Notwithstanding what people thing about God, I am yet to see anyone who does not want some good fortune to befall them. The question is, what are we doing for that fortune to occur? Let me begin by saying that I believe in miracles. Oh yes, and I have benefited from some while living. God is a good God, and He does good things. If not for His miracles, we will have many defeats, because certain things are clearly beyond our powers. Fortunately, where man’s power stops, God’s power begins. This statement is true and powerful and needs to be rehearsed and understood by all of us.
Having said the forgoing, one major source of failure for God’s children is when we wait for miracles only. Many of us have probably been taught that God is responsible for everything. We want the good things of life, but we do not believe that we have to work for it, because our God can do everything. Some believe that we just need to live right, and everything will come to shape. Others believe that we just need to pray and all we want will be at our disposal. While these beliefs show a trust in God’s abilities, they do not show much knowledge of God. In Psalm 103 verse 7, the Bible says that God made known His ways to Moses and His acts to the children of Israel. What is the difference between these two?
I always cite the example that God fed the children of Israel with manna in the wilderness, but when they were about to enter the Promised Land, the manna stopped. The interpretation of this is that God wanted Israel to use their own hands to work and produce food for themselves. The division of labor here is that the effort to till the ground and plant the crops must come from us, while the effort to provide rain and sunlight that is necessary to make the crops to grow and produce fruits must come from God. This is the way of God. If Christians sit and do nothing, we will die of hunger and the God who made us will be ashamed that so much potential was put in us and we wasted it.
In Proverbs chapter 20 verse 4, the Bible says:
The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
In Proverbs 22 verse 13:
The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”
If you see people who are rich and you are envious of them, the first question to ask yourself is, how did they become rich? What do they know that I do not know? In fact, there might be plenty that they know, and you do not know. To start, they have access to knowledge, knowing that work is required to gain wealth. Next, they have access to opportunities, and they are not afraid to tap into them. Still, they work hard, at least, most of them do. Question: what are we doing with the knowledge that we have and the opportunities that come our ways? Do we know that nothing just happens, but they are made to happen? Those who come to give testimonies in the church have worked hard to create something. Unfortunately, some in the church believe that God is either partial or that they also can just claim what the testifiers have, without knowing what they did or without attempts to do anything.
In Genesis 1:27, the Bible says that God created man in His own image. We also know that God created the heavens and the earth and everything that was on earth in the beginning. Knowing that the DNA of God is creating, how then can we claim to be His image without creating anything! We may not be like Boeing engineers who create the aircrafts that we fly in or like Google who creates the most powerful search engine in the world, but there is no human being that does not have the power of creation.
We can till the ground and plant the crops to ensure there is a harvest, and we can by so doing be the source of food items to the grocery stores. We can use our brains to work hard in our offices to bring products to life. We can bring bricks and mortar together to create our own houses. We can beg that neighbor to allow us to follow him or her to learn how to start that poultry or that fish farm. We can start as apprentice to that mechanic or that tailor, or we can learn how to tie that ‘Gele’ and go to wedding events to work hard to create excellent styles for the attendees. Even people who are handicapped do not want others to believe that they cannot do anything. The Olympics has the Paralympics version where people who are less able perform and bring medals home. There is no one who is completely helpless. So, what are you using the image of God for?
Think about it, how are you using the opportunities that you come across on daily basis? Are you looking at them as if you are helpless, as though the opportunities belong to other people? What questions are you asking from people who have some knowledge in the areas the opportunities relate to? What research are you making to know how the opportunities could be harnessed? You too can come to church with your own testimony because God is no respecter of persons. Please make up your mind today that you will no longer be a spectator, but a creator. Start with anything, no matter how small and you may be surprised to see how God will back you up and make it big. You too can create something, please stop underestimating yourself. As you make up your mind today, may you see God’s creative power in whatever you lay your hands on and may your testimony come quickly, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Have a blessed week!
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