A school mate of mine shared a story with me and I thought “O Wow! This is uncanny because, I was going to blog about obeying the instructions of faith – or at least that’s what I call them; while waiting for our change to come. Here’s the story:
“Mr Luis, we are sending your children home, they haven’t paid their school fees and we will not allow them to take the exams” Luis began to plead but the principal wouldn’t budge. Just as he dropped the phone another call came in, it was from his landlord, he had been given an ultimatum of one week to pay the house rent or he would be forced out of the apartment. Immediately after his landlord’s call, he received a text message indicating that a business partner he was owing money was on his way to arrest him. Luis began to cry “Jesus I am in trouble, I need you to show up for me, the world is caving in on me, I need Your help”. Just then he heard a voice so clear as though the person was standing next to him and the voice said “dance”. It sounded crazy but Luis was desperate, he would do anything at that moment.
Luis put in a Frank Edwards CD and he began to dance, so much joy and peace filled his heart, he forgot about all his troubles and just danced before God. Suddenly he got a text message, it was a bank alert for N10million Naira. It was the outstanding payment for a contract he did a long time ago. God had impressed it upon his debtor to pay at that instant. Luis could not believe it, he put on his clothes and rushed to his bank to check that he wasn’t dreaming, it was real.
Luis immediately removed his tithe and made three transfers; one to the school, one to the landlord and the last to his business partner. Luis began to scream “Thank You Jesus” in the bank, they all thought he was crazy but he just couldn’t control himself, Jesus had saved him from shame.”
Last week I shared that the first thing to do while waiting for our change to come, is to get intimate with God. The beautiful thing about intimacy is that, in the place of intimacy, God begins to give us instructions on what to do that will bring about our change. I grew up realizing that God is not a magician, He is miracle worker. This means that, God will not drop the change on you, He will work it out through you, in you and with you!
I admit that sometimes, the instructions seem silly or even difficult, like “dance” as illustrated in Luis’ story or “forgive” – especially when in our minds, some things are just unforgivable. However, when you spend time getting to know God, you also learn to trust Him, which in turn gives you the confidence to follow the instructions and like that – your change will come.
It could be anything. I remember God told Abraham in the Bible, to pack up and go to a land that He would show him. At that time, I suspect it did not make any sense to pack up and leave the familiar for the unfamiliar; to leave certainty for uncertainty – but for those of us that know the story, it turned out to be the best decision. God wanted to part the red sea, He asked Moses to stretch out his rod and his hand, God wanted to bring down the walls of Jericho which were so thick that there were roads in the walls, He asked the children of Israel to shout! Jesus wanted to turn water to wine, He asked the servants at the marriage feast to fill a bowl with water and serve it!
These miracles happened because of INSTRUCTIONS, instructions that were obeyed promptly!
People, the sea doesn’t part because a man stretched out a rod – try it at a beach and kindly communicate your findings. Walls don’t crumble because a group of people shouted, water doesn’t turn to wine because you filled a bowl and served it!
While you wait, God could be urging you to “spend the next month learning about courtesy”. Truth be told, I am yet to meet someone who does not think that they are courteous, until they read about it and it’s like a light bulb lit up in their heads. That, right there, may be the secret to the next job, the desired wife/husband, contract, a new house, etc.
While you wait, Get Intimate, Listen for your instructions and Obey.