I still remember very clearly…The venue was right in front of Akintola Hall (a.k.a. Sports Hall) at Obafemi Awolowo University.Her name is…well do you really need that? (I’ll just be sure to tag her in this note…lol).She looked me in the eyes, and these were her words: “You are just too different! I’ve been praying to God that He will send me a man just like you!“I just smiled and walked away…Then much later, I thought to myself…if only this babe really knows me! If only she knows how many new year resolutions I’d broken on January 2. If only she has learnt one of the first lessons I picked up as a new born believer…DON’T TRUST YOURSELF!The next time I had the opportunity of facilitating a Bible Study in the fellowship, we discussed TRUSTING GOD, but we started by highlighting the things we are not to trust. Don’t put your trust in:
“You’ll never catch me doing that,” one might say. “Oh yeah?” I guess such a person needs some reminder straight from the pages of the Bible!
- Upright and obedient, Noah stood alone against a carousing, lustful world that drank itself silly. Who would have thought Noah would end up drunk?
- Abraham was ready to obey to the point of sacrificing his only son. Who would imagine he would lie straight-faced twice–not once?
- Look at Lot standing against the filthiness of Sodom. Hardly does he get delivered from the city’s destruction than he falls into incest.
- Who would have guessed? Bold and courageous David was brave enough to go up against Goliath, the warrior giant of the Philistines; later on he feigned being a madman for fear of his enemies.
- And consider Elijah. We take him to be a rather brave man, wielding the sword of God’s vengeance against tens of thousands. But the threat of one woman then sends him into suicidal despair.
- Peter, as part of the inner circle, followed the footsteps of Jesus closer than anyone. He ended up cursing and denying the Lord.
Scripture References:1. Genesis 9:21; 2. 20:2, 3. 19:31-35; 4. 1 Samuel 21:13-15; 5. 1 Kings 19:2-4; 6. Mark 14:68-71
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come (1 Corinthians 10:11).”
Just when you think you know yourself, you do or say something that seems so out of character. But it’s not. The character of our body of sin and death is to sin. Don’t be surprised. Just be careful that you, too, don’t fall. (Joni Eareckson Tada, 1993).
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”- 1 Corinthians 10:12
ENJOY THE NEW YEAR!