I have a friend who was addicted to alcohol, cigarette, and women. He was on a modest income, and it was apparent that he was pushing himself rather too hard to feed his passions. As expected, he was always broke, so, he could not discharge his duties to his family and society as he should.
Many people advised him to turn a new leaf on different occasions, but he could not. According to him, it was as if some unseen forces were controlling him, and urging him on. Before long, his health began to deteriorate, and he was gradually coasting to an ugly end.
One day, he came to us and asked for divine help, having gone round various experts to no avail. As we were chatting, I remembered one of my friends, who had a protracted family problem. He told me how he went round for help in vain, before he went to God and bargained (reasoned, discussed, negotiated, settled, etc.) with Him. In the end, he came to an agreement with God to serve Him for the rest of his life, in exchange for His intervention in their situation. True to form, God kept his side of the agreement, and my friend kept his too. Today, he and his family are totally free to the glory of God.
I shared this story with my friend, the one battling addictions, and I encouraged him to bargain with God also, and he agreed. He implored God to deliver him from his addictions, and in return, he promised to serve Him with his talents, for the rest of his life. We later agreed with him in prayer! Guess what? God answered us, and today, he is totally free, clean, and doing well. He celebrated his tenth (10th) year of freedom recently, and he is still serving the Lord with his amazing talents to date.
Friend, what are you battling with at the moment? Is it an addiction? Is it a health challenge? Is it a nagging family issue? Is it a work related difficulty? Is it an academic problem? Is it a wobbly relationship? Is it a financial crisis? Or, is it a lawsuit? Perhaps you have done all you could to be free without success; today I have good news for you. And that is, God is ready to help you (Isaiah 41:10); He is eminently able to do so (Ephesians 3:20), and He will leave no stone unturned to actualize His plans for you (Isaiah 45:2-3).
However, you must be prepared to bargain with Him first. Yes, you can actually bargain (reason, discuss, negotiate, settle, etc.) with God (Isaiah 1:18a)! And in the process, you are free to yield certain things to Him, in return for helping you. For example, you are free to yield a part of your wealth to support His work. In addition, you are free to yield your time, energy, skill, personality, frame, fame, and connections to Him.
Besides, your words of encouragement, acts of kindness, love for humanity, ability to mobilize people, flair for mentoring the young ones, etc. are very vital, and you are free to yield them to Him for His service. Please, be rest assured that whatever you yield to Him will not be lost; they will certainly come back to you sooner or later (Ecclesiastes 11:1), and in multitudes too (Luke 6:38).
My friends, and others in the past (e.g. Jephthah (Judges 11:29-33), Jacob (Genesis 28:10-22), Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-20, etc.)), and these days, bargained with God at one time or the other; they delighted themselves in Him also, and He gave them the desires of their hearts. He will give you yours as well (Psalm 37:4), in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies