The balance of life

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There are mysteries in life that may never be demystified. Note, I say May.

Sermon of The Week with with Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi

Life is full of contrasts and contradictions for which mankind seeks revelation.

Mankind has so many hitherto unanswered questions. I have grown to see some unwelcome things, situations and circumstances hanging around both Christians and non-Christians unabated.

Some have sought solutions from God and got answers while others are still perplexed. Prophets, both true and false prophets have been approached. Witch doctors have been consulted. Whatever path has been chosen, questions still remain.

Many have settled on Solomon’s concern in Ecclesiastes 1:2 which reads, “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” Many have surrendered their lives to fate and began to live anyhow with some resorting to drugs, prostitution and many other vices. Of course this should not be so.

The Christian hope is the Bible, which is the Word of God which is the light that lightens all dark and deep things. The Bible teaches us that the Word was from the beginning and that Word is Jesus who is the Light of the world. So whatever situation you face should be traced back to Jesus and understood in the light of the Bible.
In this dispensation, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in order for us to comprehend issues of life.

John 16:13 reads, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” So fellowship with the Holy Spirit is key to uncovering mysteries of life. As you pray and fast, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Let us look at some examples. The Bible records the story of a man who sought God’s intervention for his sorrow and God granted him his request. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 reads, “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!

And God granted him that which he requested.” On the contrary, Apostle Paul prayed three times for God to lift what he said thorn in the flesh, but did not get an answer he wanted. However, Jesus answered him in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

There are many Christians that have prayed for years for small problems to disappear to no avail. Conversely some have petitioned God for really ginormous issues to vanish and without even fasting or sowing, they got breakthrough.

There are men and women of God that are used by God mightily in healing and deliverance whose spouses or children are on life support. Their children don’t go to church preferring witch doctors. There are many well-behaved husbands that are married to wives of questionable character and vice versa.

There are couples that God has blessed with five daughters and others with five sons. There are rich people living in triple storey houses yet barren while there are extremely poor people with 10 or more children renting two rooms.

I repeat there are mysteries in life that may remain hidden. I don’t mean to intimidate you and take you away from prayer, but there is a balance in life that is maintained by God who is all knowing. God is both transcendent and immanent, above us and among us. As you question Him, don’t be angry with Him. Rejoice for what has been revealed to you and worship Him for what you don’t understand.

Hide Deuteronomy 29:29 in your heart. It reads, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

While God is a revealer of secrets, there are things that will remain secrets to God. Daniel 2:22 reads, “He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” So balance your life with both Deuteronomy 29:29 and Daniel 2:22.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 concludes thus, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Rejoice in the gift and balance of life for everything is to the glory of God. You are going somewhere.

All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible

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