The final arbiter in your life

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Bible teaches that in these last days, God will complete to the very tiny detail what He has already begun in us -- that is, the transformation of our bodies into His likeness. Our mortal body, in its present adamic state, is unsuitable for entry into heaven. He has a fixed agenda and calendar for the realisation of this process which would be respected and upheld.

You will recall that God, the “I AM THAT I AM,” promised to free the Children of Israel who were in captivity in Egypt and take them to Canaan, the Promised Land. This He accomplished under the leadership of Moses, the Deliverer and Joshua his lieutenant. He had revealed to Abraham: “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years ..... In the fourth generation, your descendants will come back here.” (Genesis 15: 13-14;16) .

Because of their numerous complaints and murmuring which constituted a show of total lack of faith, God got them going round and round in the wilderness. “The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and He made them wander in the desert forty years until the whole generation of those who had done evil in His sight was gone.” (Numbers 32:13) On their journey, they had to contend with hostile tribes opposed to letting them cross through their territory.

God assured them that He would fight for them and He did. “The LORD will fight for you; you need only be still.” (Exodus 14:14) Despite all the obstacles they had to encounter on the way and notwithstanding the formidable forces they confronted, God gave them victory only when their conduct was unquestionable. Their enemies became scared stiff of them. “For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  (2 Chronicles 20:15b)  It is God who gives us victory; He takes on the most difficult part which is the battle. Are we ready to hand over everything to Him, and trust in His ability to do what He says He would do on our behalf? God has promised that He would work His purpose out in our lives if we would let Him.

The sad story however is that after conquering their enemies, the Children of Israel were lured into worshipping foreign gods---forgetting they owed their victory to Him, Jehovah Nissi. Repeated warnings fell on deaf ears until they learnt their lessons the hard way, by bringing untold and unnecessary hardship on themselves in its wake.

God in the past has displayed a certain degree of tolerance towards His subjects by dint of His goodness and mercy. Today, He operates by grace because all the punishment that we deserve He has already put on His Son Jesus Christ whom He crucified in our stead. Each time we turn our backs on Him or sway from the right path, God looks to His Son and the price He has paid as the penalty for our sins. He declares us not guilty, liberated and forgiven. Such a gesture is synonymous with God’s unconditional love, love at its extreme. “I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3) It is not about how well we behave or how we carry ourselves; it is rather about God’s loving nature and ability to forgive.

In the face of adversity God cannot remain indifferent or silent---not after He had heard the cries and prayers of His people. “The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.” (Exodus 2:22-25) On the surface, the problem looked trivial but not until the chosen people of God were badly treated and marginalised.  

Make Jesus the final arbiter in your life. Put Him at the helm of your affairs; let Him have the final say on the directions you should take and what you must pursue. The life we live is not our own, for we did not come to this world of our own volition. Unless He directs our paths we may end up completely lost, unable to steer the ship into calm waters to avert a shipwreck. Ideally, all it takes is to surrender our lives solely to Jesus ‘the author and finisher of our faith.’ (Hebrews 12:2)  

Author: Galandou Gorre-Ndiaye