– “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.’’ (Romans 8:37)
– “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.’’ (Galatians 6:9)
As a medical doctor in Nigeria, my family and I lived in big houses with big gardens, boys’ quarters, and all the necessities of life. But many people in our society do not have access to such luxuries. They are in dire need, and a lot of them earnestly try their best to eke out a living for themselves, without success. As our modest contribution towards helping out on this social ill, therefore, my wife and I housed some of them, fed them, took care of their medical needs, helped them to stay in school with a measure of comfort, etc., at no cost to them. That is, we reached out to them!
At a point, I got a job in Benin-City, Nigeria, a city far from where we were at that time. The pay was excellent, and the sky was the limit for us there. But we had the problem of accommodation to face. So, one day, I challenged God to consider our acts of kindness to people (Isaiah 41:21) and come to our aid, and He answered me in a big way.
He used the late Arch-Bishop Benson Idahosa, one of the most prominent global Evangelists of our time, a selfless and genuine soldier of Christ, a humble philanthropist, a renowned educationist, a compassionate healthcare provider, a practical lover of humanity, and an exemplary family man, to get us a huge and comfortable house in the poshest area of Benin-City, Nigeria. It had everything we wanted and more! On my own, I could not pay the required rent, which was above my annual salary at that time, but the man of God paid it all, every year until he passed on to glory.
When I asked why he assisted us since we were not known to him that much then, he said the Lord asked him to take care of us, and believe me, he did so brilliantly in different ways. For example, he honored us, augmented our salaries monthly, bought us clothes and pieces of jewelry often, gave us food from his kitchen, and treated our family members with utmost respect each time he saw them. Additionally, the man of God encouraged us, prayed for us, and taught us stuff from the Bible regularly, etc. Please, permit me to place it on record here that we were not the only people he reached out to, he reached out to a countless number of people in Nigeria and across the world, too.
Fair enough, God rewarded the late Arch-Bishop Benson Idahosa bountifully for his love for humanity when he was alive, but I do not doubt in my mind that He paid him in full in Heaven, also. I join the whole world to thank God for his time on earth, and for giving us such a good Christian example in him.
We subsequently accommodated and helped many people in the house the Archbishop arranged for us to the glory of God. We did not grow weary while doing good, and we reaped in due season (Galatians 6:9). The same can happen to you as well!
Friend, as our respective governments have asked us to stay indoors during this COVID-19 pandemic, please, do as you are told, don’t lose hope, and don’t grow weary of doing good. Reach out to the poor and needy in your area and do your best to be the voice of the voiceless there (Proverbs 31:8-9).
Furthermore, reach out to the widows, sick, elderly, and other vulnerable members of your society. Don’t forget to reach out to members of your family, friends, and neighbors, too. Call and encourage them on the phone and through social media. Equally, pray for them, help with their shopping, cooking, etc., if you can. But remember to protect yourself well in line with the advice given by your local health authority.
Please, be encouraged that God does not forget good works (Hebrews 6:10); He would reward your acts of kindness at some point, not only on earth here but also in Heaven, ultimately (Matthew 25: 31-40). It is my sincere hope that we shall outlive the scourge of COVID-19 (Romans 8:37) and return to our usual ways of life before long, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.