Not too long ago, I was very busy as usual while my family was watching a Nigerian movie. I did not really pay attention to the film until when I heard some ladies, who were so desperate to “catch” and marry rich white men, planned to go and seek the help of a spiritualist and then things eventually went awry among them.
Just as I expected, they would be helped, but at a price. They were asked to bring the under pants of the white guys, a 3 months old baby, vulture’s egg, an unused lip stick and one hundred thousand naira cash ( about $640 ), among others.
As the spiritualist was mentioning all the things they had to bring, I was just wondering why they preferred to spend so much to get help; and worse still, why they would prefer to spill the blood of an innocent 3 month old baby, when God almighty will not ask for a dime to give them all they wanted and much more.
Even though it was a film, it was a reflection of what is going on in our societies, globally, today.
Just as expected, their rituals back fired big time! Misery, sorrow, illness, insanity and regrets became their “friends.” This happens in the real world on per second basis everyday.
All over the world, people run after man for help for wealth, positions, fruit of the womb, acquisition of properties, luck, success, security and much more – all in the name of “God is too slow” or “I am not the first to do it” or perhaps out of lack of belief in God. And sometimes, they result from the strong persuasion of friends and/or family members.
Most often than not, these people eventually have their “granted request” spiced up with sorrow and regrets. In some cases, they have to carry “burdens” for the rest of their lives, if their “granted request” is to continue to have potency or is to be sustained. Also common are many “dos” and “don’ts.”
When the burden becomes too hard to bear any further, the next thing that happens is that they start running to God for help – the same God that they relegated to the background in their moment of desperation. Pastors are also put through the arduous task of carrying out deliverance service(s) or days of fasting and prayers for such people, that is, if it is not too late. Such people are left at the mercy and grace of God, for it is written :No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Luke 16:13)
Psalm 118: 8-9 says : “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in prince.”
The good news is that God is awesomely magnanimous and merciful. 2 Chron 6:14 ) says : “…there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts.”
However, for those of us who have chosen to always go to God with for all our heart desires, the good news is that “the Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamen 3:25-26).
We will wait for as long as it takes because “the blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. ( Prov 10:22).
This is the kind of blessing I wish myself, my family, my friends and you, because …
“he, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.[s]” (Prov 29:1).
Thanks for your time.