“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless’’ (Psalm 84:11).
Shortly after I finished my first year in the Higher School, I found myself unbearably idle and bored, so, I made up my mind to secure at least a vacation job to keep myself busy. Unfortunately, I got none, even though I applied for many. It was as if the employers of labor at that moment were uninterested in my class of applicants. After a while, I gave up and waited patiently to go back to school for another session later in the year.
Early one morning, one of my uncles came to our house and told me he had secured a vacation job interview for me in the history department of our local university, where he worked as a gardener. Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled by his gesture, because to start with, I did not fancy him much as a person at that time. Besides, I hated history as a subject, and I didn’t want to have anything to do with it in any way. Consequently, I declined his offer, politely.
But my father soon intervened and urged me to attend the interview, if only to show a measure of gratitude to my uncle, and I agreed, grudgingly. And for the first time since my uncle arrived at our house that day, he smiled, and his well-known contorted face relaxed a little bit. He was full of joy!
I later found out that he had gone everywhere in his workplace, boasting that I, his nephew, an HSC student of the famous Government College, Ibadan (GCI), Nigeria, would be given the job. To him, GCI boys are extraordinary people, who are primed to outshine others, in all things always. I tried to convince him that we are like other people out there, but he did not agree with me, so, I let him be.
To cut a long story short, I attended the interview as planned, only to discover that eleven other applicants, all grown men, also came for it. I was the youngest, smallest, and least qualified of all of us. The others were university and polytechnic undergraduates, and I noticed that a couple of them felt insulted that I, a mere higher schoolboy, was in their midst. It was as if I purposely came there to spoil their little private party, but I ignored them.
Then, after waiting for what looked like a long time to me, a young stylish, pipe in the mouth lecturer, came out of an inner office and said, who is the GCI man here? I raised up my hands, and he looked at me from head to toe, obviously surprised to see not a man, but a moderate stature boy like me in such a gathering. In the end, he smiled, winked at me, cleared his throat, and said, Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, the job is yours, others should please go away, thank you. I was so stunned that I was speechless temporarily. The others were stunned as well!
Friend, I believe I found favor before God that day, and that was why He caused the lecturer to give me the job without the planned interview, even though I was the youngest, smallest, and least qualified of all of us. You can also find favor before Him because He is still in the business of giving favors to people (Psalm 5:12).
The prophet Zechariah said, “Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain…’’ (Zechariah 10:1). In the Bible, rain represents favor, which you can find before God right now (Psalm 102:13). Therefore, go ahead and ask Him for favors regarding your life, family, children, friends, co-workers, work, business, ministry, finances, health, challenges, reputation, community, country, etc. But you have to do this time after time until you get the desired result, which of course, will surely come at some point (Habakkuk 2:3). Please, wait for it!
Eventually, you will find yourself getting to the position that seems beyond your ability, reaching height you are not capable of reaching on your own, getting that elusive job, overcoming obstacles that seem insurmountable, getting married despite all odds, defeating an intractable illness and addiction, winning stubborn lawsuit, passing a difficult examination, and solving complex problems, etc., in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney)
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker