A call to total reliance on God

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If suffering and hardship hit for a prolonged period of time it seems logical to scout around far and wide in search of solutions. Readily and easily available options will be the first port of call.

Mounting pressure may chew you up at such a fast pace that calling on God may seem irrational. Plague can squeeze you to the corner and any ray of help will be received without validation. Any glimmer of hope can easily be embraced even if it might be a time bomb.

If you don’t maintain your cool when suffering seems to remove the ground you’re standing on, you may mortgage your future for a song. When adverse conditions and unbearable circumstances encompass you and begin to decimate you, rely on God alone.

It’s common cause that our economy is subdued. Varying economic and political opinions suggest that we’re worse off than 2008 save that we’re hanging on the thread of a stable currency.

Pessimists declared that the nation won’t go beyond June 2015. I am neither an economist nor a politician, but the truth is that the country has survived thus far because God is holding it in His hands. He will see us through the challenging times.

Citizens have been hit by the uncompromising economy and some have resorted to unorthodox means to survive. Corruption has propped up some, while others have resorted to satanic means of enrichment.

Of course, those who fear God have remained resolute waiting for divine solutions knowing that a breakthrough is always nearer than when we first started.

It will be wise to look closely at the solutions we adopt individually and as a nation. There are partners and associates who may appear good and reliable now, but are not sent from God.

They will turn out to be detrimental to our progress and will cost us centuries of a better future. When divine time and help finally comes, it may take generations to flush them out if at all it will be possible to do so.

Under attack from Israel, King Asa of Judah sought support from Assyria. This angered God who sent a prophet to rebuke him of the evil remedy. 2 Chronicles 16:8 and 9 records: “Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, He delivered them into thine hand.”

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore, from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”

Victory and success always come from God, not the power and might of formidable alliances.

Earlier on when faced with insurmountable opposition, King Asa had trusted God for victory, but this time around he sought the support of a powerful all-weather friend. Assyria seemed the readiest and convenient answer. God questioned the logic behind opting for Assyria this time around while earlier he called on Him when he was faced by a more ferocious enemy and God saved him. 2 Chronicles 14:9 to 12 documents the earlier encounter. It reads: “And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. Then Asa went out against him and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

“And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee. So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.”

No matter how intimidating any enemy appears, trusting in and relying on God brings deliverance.

Any help sought should be in line with God’s will and purpose for your life. At national level, any co-operation should tally with national aspirations and objectives.

King Asa’s league with Assryia resulted in Judah having to deal with wars thereafter. Sometimes a solution comes carrying problems on its back. There are opportunities, contracts, projects and deals you have to say no to. Certain marriages engineered by the devil may result in suicide or murder.

Certain job offers will get you into continuous borrowing. I don’t know how uncomfortable it has become, but please stay put and seek divine direction and approval for your option.

The situation may be so precarious, but is not the time to panic. You once came out of a tougher and more complicated situation. You have a record of God’s salvation, deliverance and rescue. Use that as reference and as precedence for claiming victory this time around.

Total and absolute reliance on the Lord is the answer. Trust in the Lord again, He will see you through. Rely on Him. Look behind and the see the trail of fallen enemies.

Don’t take matters into your own human hands nor look for other canal options, but seek divine intervention, victory is certain.

You are going somewhere.

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

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