Avoiding Shortcuts That Can Destroy God's Covenant For Your Life
Delivered by ASE Joseph Olorunnisola, June 10, 2007.
“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not…Blessed are all they that wait for Him” Isaiah 30:15-18.
Perhaps you want to shed your weight so that you can enjoy good health and long life but without curbing your eating habits and exercising. The good news is that there are many drugs, formulas and endless schemes advertised on the TV and received through the e-mail. The bad news is that these shortcut drugs and various schemes and formulas will end-up making you fatter and shortening your life. Curbing your eating habit and exercising are tedious, painful and long suffering, but they are the surest way out.
Hard-work is the only known sure way of attaining financial success. But many would prefer the painless shortcut of spending credit cards and eventually becoming bankrupt, many would take other shortcuts through gambling & lottery addiction and end up, instead of winning, in frustration, depression and further debts. Yet some who are recklessly impatient would indulge in credit card fraud, insurance fraud, outright stealing or illicit drug business and end up miserably in jail. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning, but the end thereof shall not be blessed. Prov. 20:23.
The fact is that this terminal generation is so addicted to shortcuts that the movement and timetable of God are not only irritating, they are considered outright unacceptable. We are always exploiting the fastest, easiest and less painful path to our planned destination. Unfortunately, most of the shortcuts lead to disaster and regret. “In your patience, you will possess your soul”, says the Lord. Luke 21:19. But because you must live in a mansion and ride the more expensive cars, and now, now is the time, two or three jobs are maintained by you with little or no time to rest – resulting in severe stress, abandonment of parental care and affection for your children, and possibly even, an untimely death. Who then enjoys the savings of your triple daily jobs when you are gone?
We sometimes feel that our waiting for a spouse is getting too prolonged; we see ourselves getting too old and feel that God is possibly not paying attention to our aging. We consequently rush at any available spouse, become a room-mate without any background check, or any marriage rites only to discover soon after marriage that it was a marriage of convenience to nightmares, sorrow and regret. Unfortunately, this social and cultural pervasive ways have equally affected our spiritual lives. We are so impatient with God and intolerant of His plan for our lives. But know this – that God cannot be moved, intimidated or pressured. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9.
Moses was on Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God and because it took him a number of days and weeks to return, the impatient exodus from Egypt decided on a shortcut. If Moses’ God is this slow, we are not interested. Aaron, the brother of Moses, was pressured into making a molten calf to serve as their immediate god of convenience. Not only did the Lord destroy 3000 people on a single day, God’s covenant to take them to the Promised Land was re-defined. Exodus 32.
When you worship devotedly, pray and fast without any answer forthcoming, we become tired of waiting for God. We often conclude that our prayers are not heard, or that He isn’t really paying attention, or He is probably sleeping, pre-occupied with something else or not aware of the seriousness of our anxiety. We therefore often decide to help him, as long as we don’t rebel or withdraw from serving Him. All that we are doing is simply helping Him to improve on His own timing; after all we say, “Heavens help those who help themselves! He would not mind if we deviate a bit from His time-table.” My friend, He does mind. He did not stop the impatience and little faith of Sarah from matching her maid Haggai with her husband Abraham to help in advancing the plan of God when she thought that God had altogether forgotten His covenant. They took a shortcut to have Ishmael. But God also maintained His position not to stop the generational conflict and terrorism arising from the child of shortcut syndrome. You are looking for a baby and have been praying hard and worshipping Him diligently. Do not withdraw or use shortcut through chic’s or patronage of familiar spirits. Wait totally on Him. Even when you decide to deviate into medically sound processes, it takes the grace of God to achieve the required fruition.
The timeframe given by Prophet Samuel unto King Saul for offering of Sacrifice unto God was seven days. At sun-set on the seventh day, Samuel did not show up. Saul therefore, took it upon himself to offer the sacrifice instead of waiting for the anointed priest of God “And it came to pass, that as soon as Saul made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him. And Samuel said, what has thou done? And Saul said, because I saw that the people were scattered from me and thou camest not within the days appointed…I forced myself therefore, and offered the burnt offering. And Samuel said unto Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou has not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue because thou has not kept that which the Lord commanded thee” 1 Sam13: 8-14.
Just because you can’t see or understand what God is doing, doesn’t mean He is doing nothing. Even when no concrete evidence is seen by you, you must believe that He is working on your problem. Wait on Him and He will not put you to shame. He is God.
ASE Joseph Olorunnisola.
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