Today, I am going to address people who believe God is uninterested in, or incapable of, meeting their expectations. I want to assure them that reverse is the case. He is both interested in and capable of, meeting their expectations. He is capable of surpassing them as well! Please, permit me here, to reinforce my submission with some biblical accounts.
Hannah (1 Samuel 1), was the first wife of a man called Elkanah. His second wife was Peninnah! While Peninnah had children, Hannah had none, because she was barren, and Peninnah made it a habit to provoke her sore, day after day.
Every year, Hannah went to Shiloh to pray to God on her situation. As she was praying one day, the Priest, Eli, mistook her for a drunk and talked to her disrespectfully. Nonetheless, she did not get angry, instead, she explained her situation to him nicely, and in return, he prophesied that God would grant her petition.
Before long, Hannah became pregnant and in the process of time gave birth to Samuel, who later became a top prophet in Israel. The bible says the Lord visited Hannah again so that she conceived, and bore three sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21). That is, He met and surpassed her expectation!
The lame man (Acts 3), only wanted alms from Peter and John, but, got healing instead. That is, God surpassed his expectation too. He also surpassed the expectation of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), who left his house for the purpose of seeing who Jesus was, only for Jesus to stay at his house, and take salvation to his household at the end of the day.
God is still in the business of meeting and surpassing people’s expectations to date. For example, He met and surpassed mine at a point in time. What happened was that I got a good job in a town in Nigeria that is notorious for its serious accommodation problem. Before I resumed duty there, I asked God for just a room, which I was even prepared to share with people. But, He gave me a self-contained accommodation, free of charge instead, by using two men I had never met before.
Friends, this God is who I am offering you today, please embrace Him! He has the capacity to meet and surpass all your expectations (Ephesians 3:20). But, you must be prepared to adopt the following protocols, to begin with. You must ask God to meet your expectations for Him to answer you (Matthew 7:7). Then, you must have faith in Him that He would do so (Hebrews 11:6).
After that, you must take practical steps towards realizing your expectations (James 2:14-17). For instance, you must train your children so that they can do well (Proverbs 22:6). You must look for a job so that you can earn a living (Genesis 2:15). You must work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) and do everything to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Lastly, you must wait on the Lord until He answers you (Lamentations 3:25-26).
Friends, if you observe these protocols, I believe you will see God meeting your expectations and surpassing them very soon, and you will see yourself rising without limit, in Jesus name. Amen.
As a young medical doctor, I worked in a rural hospital in Nigeria, which catered to the health needs of several thousands of people. There were only two of us, medical doctors, manning the hospital, and it was very busy. It was so busy that I worked almost round the clock daily.
I clearly recollect that the second doctor, my boss, out of his experience, and genuine concern for me, advised me on several occasions to pause, go for regular brakes, and rest. Other well-meaning people advised me alike, but I ignored them. Why should I pause, and why should I rest when there are loads of patients to be seen? I asked myself each time they advised me.
Anyway, I continued to work very hard without restraint, day in day out, until I collapsed in my office one afternoon, and I would have lost my life, if not that I was discovered and rushed to a nearby hospital for further treatment on time. I was off work for nearly two weeks afterwards. I survived that ordeal; many people in my situation didn’t, sadly!
It was during my time off work, that I realized the folly of working without restraint, and developed a sensible balance between work and rest. Since then, I have been more useful to myself and humanity.
Yes, we all have diverse aims and aspirations, which we tend to pursue vigorously, but, we shouldn’t do so to our detriment. We should remember constantly that there is time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1); time for work and time for rest inclusive. If God could pause for rest after His work of creation (Genesis 2:3), then we need to emulate Him (Exodus 35:2).
Friend, as you go on with the year 2018, please pause and focus on getting a practical balance between work and rest. Take regular and adequate rest from work to build up the energy you need to realize your God-given capabilities. In addition, sleep adequately, eat sensibly, and exercise your body regularly. Let go of all hurts as well (Isaiah 43:18)!
Besides, pause and focus on your family. Train your children well (Proverbs 22:6), especially about God (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). Love God and people (Mark 12:30-31). Also, do good to people when you are in the position to do so, and you will be rewarded at some point (Proverbs 3:27, Galatians 6:9). Study the Bible closely (Joshua 1:8), and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Moreover, win souls for God; there is wisdom in doing so (Proverbs 11:30).
Most of all, pause and focus on becoming born again if you are not before this time so that you can see the kingdom of God eventually (John 3:3). Therefore, go ahead right now, and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9). That is, you will become born again!
If you do all above among others in 2018, you will become sound in your body, soul, and spirit. What’s more, you will flourish beyond measure, laugh your best laugh, dance your best dance, and dream your best dream, in Jesus name. Amen.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I had an older friend when I was in the Primary School. He was a very good man, ever smiling, very kind and patient with everyone. He was then working in a company and doing well by all standards. I used to be a regular caller at his residence!
One day, I went to his residence, and I met him crying; he was really disturbed, and I asked him why. Initially, he was reluctant to answer me, a mere small boy, but he had to talk to someone anyway. Eventually, he told me he lost his job earlier in the day, and he wondered how he would cope without it.
He also said other things, which my young brain could not process at that time. But, I knew I had to do something quickly. So, I said what I thought my mum would have said if she was there with us. That is, ‘God will help you, and you will be fine’. He never expected such comment from a small boy like me, judging by his countenance. Instantly, he smiled, wiped away his tears, and said ‘amen, thank you ’Adedayo’.
His situation soon grew worse; he could not pay his children’s school fees or feed them properly anymore. He was also under immense pressure from his company to give up his official accommodation and car. No doubt, he needed help, which was not forthcoming from anywhere.
But despite his worsening situation, my friend trusted God to help him out. He prayed, fasted, and applied for jobs everywhere. In the end, after some months, he landed a job, far more lucrative than the one he lost.
Before long, his children went back to school, and he was able to take care of his family properly again. He also bought a new car, and moved his family into the house he purchased through his new company. No doubt, ‘God helped him, and he was fine’.
Friend, perhaps you lost something dear to you in the year 2017, e.g., your job, spouse, health, helper, opportunities, possessions, resources, favours, etc., and so, you could not attain your set goals, and you are worried about your future, I have good news for you; God will help you, and you will be fine. However, you need to pray. You may need to fast too.
You will be fine, your family will be fine (Isaiah 49:25), your work will be fine (Deuteronomy 28:12), your health will be fine (Jeremiah 30:17), and your plans will be fine (Jeremiah 29:11). Besides, God will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).
He shall keep you away from evil reports, implicating situations, and scandals. He shall deliver you from errors, mistakes, and misjudgements as well, and His name shall be glorified in your life at all times, in Jesus name. Amen.
Merry Christmas in advance.