By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11
Somewhere between God’s promise and its performance is the necessity of faith, or the act of believing and acting on what God said. While God’s promises are a function of His covenant mercy towards man, the manifestation of those promises are often a function of our response to Him in faith. This means if no one believes the promises of God, there is no certainty the promises will manifest. Which is why Jesus asks: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith in the earth?”
To the Immortal One
Who dwells in light unapproachable
We bring our praise
To the Invisible One
Whose throne is founded on justice and righteousness
We lift our hearts
To the Unchangeable One
Before whom darkness is plain as light
We raise our hands
To the Blameless One
Whose holy eyes cannot behold iniquity
We bow our knees
To the Eternal One
Who holds all of creation to account
Our tongues confess
To the King,
Who was, and is, and still is to come
We proclaim that you are God!
Toyin Taiwo, Aug 2020
It is the first time in years
That we have a place to shelter
Show us some mercy
Do not expose our fears
To those people who despise us
Pray, look upon our faces
And be merciful to us
Our journeys have been hard
In the many places we have lived
Give us some respite
For our bodies and our souls
Have taken on a bit of batter
Pray, spare us from rebuke
And let us find favor with you
We have long hoped and prayed
Finally, grateful to arrive here
Do let us take solace
From the storms and disasters
Always looming in the distance
Pray, forgive our many failures
And show us a little bit of kindness
Toyin Taiwo, Aug 2020
Face down, body still, unsure what is next. Until the kneading slowly begins. And the pains flash in and out. It is bitter-sweet. You know you need it; you are sure you want it. But in the heat of the moment, you are undecided how you feel about it.
Beaten down, to the barest ground. Stood still, like you never thought could be. You could almost deny any of this happened. To give your ego some break from the bashing. But this – it is too real to ignore, too present to deny. You cannot but wonder: how on earth am I here?
But this is your moment, this is your race. This is your hour, time to stake your claim. Head in the game, mind on the road. You are going on the journey, taking it in stride. Your reward is waiting, far down ahead of you. The light beckons you home, beaming with smiles.
Yesterday, I turned thirty-two. By design, I was off work – I definitely like to take some vacation days around my birthday to rest and reflect on the past and the future. So, once again, happy birthday to me! For the past few weeks, I have been reading from the book of Genesis, one chapter a day. It has been quite insightful journeying with ancient Bible characters and standing in their shoes as they tried to make sense of their lives and purpose. Yesterday, it was time to read chapter thirty-two, and I thought that was an interesting coincidence.
Funny Face made a silly joke Brown Tooth laughed hard as White Shirt became upset with The sudden loss of decorum Madam Counsellor spoke up as He wondered what was funny Reminding him that life is short
And the days have been tough. Almost every one of them agreed The economy would be better off If Lying Lips had won the elections Everyone, except Saint Integrity Who could never share that view Even if his life were under threat.
Hallos! Thank you for coming by. The last few days have been quite busy for me – trying to keep up with work and catch up with other commitments. Who said working from home was easy anyway? Far from it! I put in far more hours than an average day at the office. Right now, I am just going as slow as I can and resting as much as possible. Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking with a few friends on the dangers of youthful exuberance, and I would like to share four points we discussed at that forum; you will find them helpful regardless of your age.
No more words Can be spoken. Power changed hands When Mammon Moved from one to another And virtue’s roaring Was silenced While greed quietly Prevailed as conscience Was put to sleep. Tears arrive late As the long arms of Of Wickedness Wreak untold havoc. The lambs can now be slain In quietness: The price has been paid
Today has been sad. I received two messages – one from a friend and the other from a colleague. The friend told me about a debt he’s being owed – and how the debtor is playing games with him instead of being sincere. The colleague told me about the death of another colleague, a lively man whose sudden departure has been a huge shock to everyone who knew him. They say death is a debt, and all men must pay. If the one who owes my friend won’t pay him, he, like the rest of us, must pay the debt of death. It’s all a matter of time.
The debtor is never free from the hold of his creditor – he remains accountable for that owed sum, no matter how little it is. When his creditor comes calling, he has a duty to pay up or explain himself. Likewise, our life is a gift for which we must give account to God after our time on earth is done. What account will you give when your time comes? Every man is born a sinner, but Jesus paid the debt of our sins by his death on the cross, so that we who believe are no longer sinners, but sons of the living God, our heavenly Father.
Even then, death is a sure thing for every living soul. The real question is what happens after death. Will you go to eternal condemnation for unpaid sins, or will you go to eternal bliss having accepted the payment made for your sins by Jesus the Saviour? You must make a choice – and that choice determines what happens after you breathe your last. It also determines what happens while you remain alive. Will you live to pursue your own agenda, or will you live to fulfil the divine purpose for which you were made?
P.S. If you would like to accept Jesus’ sacrifice for your sins, please pray as follows: “Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner, and I believe you died for me. I confess that you are my Saviour and Lord, and I am yours from this forward. Amen.”
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matt. 11:28-29, NIV)
Life gets busy, super busy. Sometimes, it’s just one area of our life that causes a lot of stress. Other times, it is a combination of the many things we are involved in. Sooner or later, we all find ourselves in that place where it feels like we have more to do than we could ever handle in a lifetime. We just want to switch off and get away from it all – the demands of life and the expectations of people. Then there may be the guilt of having strayed from our relationship with God: we all struggle sometimes to keep it all together.