Everyday with God
At the beginning of this year 2017, I told my self, I would give God thanks differently with my worship and praise.Often times, I find myself in position where I am asked lead prayers either in a church or small gathering. And when we want to charge people into given thanks and praising God, we do so by reminding them of other people’s misfortune, which in turn is a positive thing for them. Yes true.
Is that true worship?
I want to thank God sorely on the basis of purpose. Worship Him because that’s the reason for my being. I find it bothering, how it seems that when I thank God for life It’s an indirect reference to the death of others. Or when I appreciate God for the food on my table, it’s because I know many are hungry. I think this position of thought is jaundiced. We cannot give God thanks only because we see the opposite around us.
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you – 1Thess 5:18
Giving thanks essential to worship, the later our purpose and that’s the only reason needed. If we need any other reason, it fails to meet the requirements of true worship – in spirit and in truth.
And also, our inability to see that it is not only the things we have must thank God for, but also the things we do not.
Our thanks to God should come from the depths of our being, from the very core of our essesnce. It should not have to be encouraged by the misfortunes of others but sorely on the basis of purpose.
© francis Oluwaseun IGE
My friend said to me a couple of weeks ago “don’t bring God into everything”. We were talking about his Business Ventures and a career path for him.
I have not been able to put that statement to rest. It keeps coming back to me.
I can’t remember how I replied him, but I know I said something like we could not leave God out.
As I keep thinking about it, I realise that his statement was was an echo; a reverb. He was speaking his mind, but he echoed the minds of many others.
Can I leave God out of anything? No I can not. He is in everything. Everything was created by Him. It would be foolhardy to try and take the creator out of the creature and expect that I would get full expression from the creature.
Let me rephrase, when a person does not acknowledge God as an integral part of their relationship with people or events or things, they are bound to receive less than it meets their desires.
The full expression of an individual’s ability is only attainable when he is aware and walks in the knowledge of the God factor.
You see, this my friend was at a cross Road; he was making an important life decision. What to do with his life? And he wanted to leave The Giver of Life out of the decision making process. It/he would have been disaster. He was about to do a trial an error test; an open window to frustration.
Actually, my friend is aware of the God factor, but like many in his shoes, he is not ready to walk in that knowledge.
When you are aware of the “Boss” status of a person and fail to align or submit your self to his authority, you would have declared yourself an antagonist of him.
If you know God is LORD, and don’t submit your self to his Lord ship you are walking on ice.
Not able to recollect the things I said, I have decided to share some of what I remember and a bit of additions.
I said “make your decisions but lay them before God. And if you are not sure which is which, lay it all before Him and ask for guidance. This means you would pray. Pray like your answer depends on it, because it does. In addition you would align your self with him. Let Him mentor you; show you things. Study His life and see how you can begin to be like Him. His life you would find in the Bible.
And above all make yourself worthy of the friendship you desire. Let your character be like His.”
He went “Seun, I pray. I read my Bible when I can.”
That’s the thing. Then God would answer you when He can. He would be available to you when He feels so.
I wanted to tell him, you haven’t been able to keep a steady relationship in six years, because you don’t put your girl first. And then you think The God who created the girl who left you because, you put her second place would answer to your one minute grunts. Hian! I did not. I could not. I would have missed the opportunity.
So I said to him you know how you were crossed with Ope ( not real name) cos she was seeing someone else, while she was with you. You thought she was not serious. And you walked away. And then when you met Titi ( NRN), she would complain about how you don’t make time for her. You only see her when you are on your home from having been with us all day.
“What does this have to do with what we are talking about”
Ignoring His question I went on. You left Ope because she was not into you. She only liked the idea of being with someone all her friends were talking about. You left Titi cos she was asking to be first and not second fiddle to you and your guys. And you could not stand being with Toby anymore because she was not honest about certain things in the beginning of your relationship. I paused, trying to catch my breath.
“IGE, IGE why you dey quite now” came through.
I answered, God wants the same things the girls I mentioned (to name a few) wanted and what you too wanted from Toby.
1. A real relationship. One that pleased both partners.
2. First place. Not second. Not,when-I-am-going-to-bed relationship. Priority status.
And 3. Honesty. No lies, no games. Straight and straight all through.
Checking to see if I was speaking to myself, I asked, “what do you think?”
He sighed. So I continued, “take sometime this week and weigh your options. If you think you can adjust and make things right with God, good for you. You are the one who needs adjusting not God. You. But this time, you are lucky.
I heard him ask “lucky, how?”
Taking my time, I said, “God is patient. He is willing to help work on your relationship with him. He understands.”