“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” — Rom. 15 vs. 4.
Sometimes in our lives, we experience different seasons of life. Seasons of different experiences, circumstances and encounters in our lives. It is mostly evidenced in the lives of young people as they search for relevance in life, and seek to understand what God wants to achieve with their lives. So many times as we listen to different men speak, and read different books on life, success, prosperity, etc., we tend to become confused.
They will tell you about 20 things to do before you are 30. They will tell you about how to strike it big before you are 25. They will even point to you stories of men who made it at 16, 18, 25, etc., and they are trying to encourage you to rise up and make it. As if that is not enough, you go to church and that day, the pastor will speak on how this brother or sister was faithful to God, and in a short while, God exalted him/her to this or that position, and he/she became somebody in life. Hence, you are challenged that why things are the way they are is that something is lacking in your walk with God. Pray more. Read more. Fast more. Tithe more. Give more. Etc.
In case you are dull of hearing, your friend calls you to tell you of the goodness of the Almighty God. He has just landed a job with Chevron, Shell, Federal Ministry of……, University of …… Etc. The same God you and him are serving did it for him. So, why is your case different? What do you do as such times? What do you do when after 5 years of leaving school you still see yourself at a spot you never imagined you will be in after five years?
This is why I am writing to you today. I am talking about the comfort of scriptures. This is my advice to you if you are in such season. Take a Bible. Any simple translation will be ok. Beat a retreat (I do not mean you should go for a special set-apart, though you can do that), it could be every night, it could be every evening, it could be every weekend. But, pull out your Bible and read. Read especially the books of history (Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua-2 Chronicles). In the Bible, you will find what Rom. 15 vs. 4 calls THE COMFORT OF SCRIPTURES.
Maybe a few examples will help us here:
He was old when God called him. After 25 years, what God promised him had not yet come to pass, and his time was going. His name was Abraham. Did God keep His word? Yes, He did.
“Everything has been against me.” Have you ever felt like that in your life? These were the very words spoken by a man who God had promised in his youth never to leave him nor forsake him. He practically felt everything going contrary to what God had promised him. After more than 20 years of mourning the death of his beloved son, he had the privilege of knowing that he was alive again. I wept the day I took time to read his story, and saw how God turned everything around for his good. His name is Jacob, the stubborn, self-confident man who Jehovah followed till he fell down and worshipped.
By 29, you should be able to tell the direction your life is heading to, right? But, as at 29 years going to 30, he had no plans for his life. The ability to project for tomorrow is the exclusive preserve of free men. When you are a slave, and upon that you have an indefinite prison sentence, and all the people who could have helped you failed you, will you still be thinking of how you will become great? Daily he walked about in his prison cell, living his daily life, and being the best he could be for his God. He woke up one day like every other day, ready to go about his business for that day. Never did he know that by the evening of that day, he will not only be out of prison, but will be the second most powerful man on the earth. His name is Joseph, the chosen one of God.
I love Joseph’s story so much. The word of the Lord tried him. Some people think that God has forgotten them. No he has not. He is trying you. He is testing you. When He is through, the king will send for you. Relax, your file is on God’s table. Some will be king at 16, some will be king at 8, others at 30, still others at 40, and some will be great leaders at 80. Yahweh is King. He sits upon the throne, and he is the Governor among the Nations.
Some will follow God faithfully, and never build a house. Some will follow him faithfully and never marry. Some will follow him faithfully, and suffer many terrible things of life. Others will follow him faithfully and receive all manners of prosperity. The Almighty dishes out to His servants their courses for life. You are nobody’s mate. So, stop being excited by the success stories you hear and success books you are reading. Yes, they can serve as an encouragement to you, but sit down and ensure that you discover your own race and run it.
You have your race to run. Not all will be prophets and apostles. Some will follow Him faithfully and seek Him with all their hearts and never smell the pulpit. They will never run a ministry or discipleship labour. But, yes they will affect lives and lead many to Christ, and disciple them, but in God’s own way for them.
So, sit down to read. Read your Bible. Study how Yahweh led others. Discover the lessons to learn, pitfalls to avoid, and the realities around their lives that must shape your perspectives. Let the word of God guide you in these season. Let it encourage you. Your greatest ability not to be pushed around by the world system, will be based on your ability to draw encouragement and strength from the COMFORT OF SCRIPTURES.
May God Guide You in Life.