Ladies & gentlemen, meet my friend W’Obukosia. He is a follower of the crazy Galilean -called JEsus Christ – whom I also follow, an avid storyteller, writer and traveller. W’Obukosia. He has vast experience in public service as well as NGOs. He is also the lead consultant at Peniel Development Consult. With that said, welcome to #LettersFromW’Obukosia.
GOD WILL WORK THROUGH ANYONE & USE ANYTHING IN ACCOMPLISHING HIS DIVINE PURPOSE!
“1Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim, saying, “Go, inspect the land, especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there. 2And it was reported to the king of Jericho: “Behold, some men of Israel have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab and said, “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, for they have come to spy out the whole land.” …. 6(But Rahab had taken them up to the roof and hidden them among the stalks of flax that she had laid out there.).”[Joshua 2:1-7; Ref. Hebrews 11:30-31.]
“1This is what the LORD says to Cyrus His anointed, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him, to disarm kings, to open the doors before him, so that the gates will not be shut: 2“I will go before you and level the mountains; I will break down the gates of bronze and cut through the bars of iron.” [Isaiah 45:1-2 BSB]
10In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Here I am, Lord,” he answered. 11“Get up!” the Lord told him. “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, many people have told me about this man and all the harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14And now he is here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name.” 15“Go!” said the Lord. “This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings, and before the people of Israel. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for My name.” [Acts 9:10-15 BSB]
Friends and Brethren!
God does not necessarily have to work through the conventional means to accomplish His purposes. If anything, it is the conventional religious systems that over time, work against God. Church is about being called out with God do to His will. This post is not an affront to the church. It is about reminding us to be aware God chooses how and who to work with, where and when. God is not a respecter of persons! Being used of God should be a fearful thing considering the myriad examples on record! Mighty waters give way; animals (donkey), mammals (whale) and birds (raven) intervene; fire consumes; earthquakes, thunder, blinding lightning flickers, chains break loose, prison doors give way; deformities and infirmities are fixed as the dead are restored to life! We can say to God, “show me and I will go” or “here I am, send me” but nothing happens. God can say to us, “Don’t go and I will show you” or “where are you, I send you” and something happens!” God is not a man, that He should lie, neither the son of man, that He should repent: Has He said, and shall He not do it? or Has He spoken, and shall He not make it good? [Numbers 23:19].
As of this 19th of July Year 2020, the world remained hostage to an invisible, costly, wicked apparition disrupting functions, halting livelihoods and causing death with no known cure, as yet, and we know not when it will clear and we are eager for solutions. God bypasses religious, human, political, scientific, and all other protocols to do His will. He chooses, preserves and then prepares His vessels in His own way, at His appointed time, for His specific purposes. I cannot exhaustively enumerate all the examples and precedents, but just a few:
- He affirms an idol worshipper,Abram, and calls him the father of faith, Abraham, the “father” of all who believe, Jew or Gentile [Romans 3:27-4:25];
- He used Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, to rescue, adopt and raise Moses as an Egyptian prince, prepared to liberate the Israelites [Exodus 2:7] and calls Moses His humble servant (Numbers ch.12) and the greatest of all prophets, who spoke to Him face to face [Deuteronomy 34];
- He used a donkey to stop a sorcerer from interfering with His chosen people [Numbers 22:27-30];
- He used Rahab to to facilitate capturing the city by hiding two reconnoiters [Joshua 2:1-24]. In the New Testament, she is lauded both as an example of a saint who lived by fait and as someone “considered righteous” for her works. [James 2:25];
- He used four stigmatized lepers against the Syrian army who heard “a noise of Chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great army,” causing them to flee without anyone raising an arm against them, but abandoning in their wake all their wealth to the Israelites [2 Kings 7:3-20];
- He used birds (ravens) to feed Elijah, the Tishbite, with flesh and bread during a severe drought and famine [1 Kings 17:4];
- He used Esther and her cousin Mordecai to persuade pagan Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) to retract an order for the general annihilation of Jews throughout the empire. [Esther 8, 9];
- He used David, a mere shepherd boy, “a man after his own heart, captain over his host” [1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22], to defeat tormenting Philistines, merely using a sling, a stone and the spoken word [2 Samuel 17:40-51];
- He said of Cyrus a pagan king, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”‘ and through Cyrus, sets into motion a seventy-week prophecy that fixed the year for the Messiah’s death and resurrection, and reveals the sequence of events and dates for the Messiah’s return which will bring to an end human rule of the earth, and usher in the government of God [Isaiah 44:28];
- He called pagan king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, His servant giving king Jehoiakim into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God [Daniel 1:2 and II Kings 24:1]. “And now have I given all these lands into the hand of, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him [Jeremiah 27:6];
- He used a sea mammal (whale) to deposit a fugitive Jonah to Nineveh to deliver His message [Jonah 1:17];
- In His mercy the Lord commanded Ananias to restore and commission Saul, the murderer to a new status as His chosen instrument/vessel, for His own sake [Acts 9:10-19].
- How about the mad man in Acts 19:14-17 out of whose action the dear of God gripped men, facilitating the spread of the gospel rapidly and widely!
We may think God is using us, when in fact He isn’t. But how do we know He isn’t? It could be by enduring silence! Lack of tangible manifestation, no testimony or evidence, barrenness [no fruit] – all in the fullness of time!We must shudder asking God to use or work through us! “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” [Hebrews 10:31]. James and John (the sons of thunder) made a proposition to Jesus, who candidly told them they didn’t know what they were bringing upon themselves. They paid the ultimate price, eventually [Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 10:35-45; Acts 12:2].
No doubt, part of being used of God is to appreciate that the gifts we possess are for His glory but not to attract attention to ourselves. It is in the power of believers, by grace, to confront, retain or cover sins, in love. But through our actions, we might be busy aiding the accuser thinking we are correcting brethren or speaking for God. From biblical records we have indications of how fearful a thing it can be to speak to/for God. Who can speak for God really? Who can fathom God’s understanding? “15The spiritual man judges all things, but he himself is not subject to anyone’s judgment. 16“For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ..” [1 Corinthians 2:15-16].
Again, God doesn’t follow predictable patterns of men. Anything that causes us to go out of our way to advertise, is of our own effort. The supernatural grace of God will use or work through any medium, effortlessly, to cause His purposes to bear witness! We have nothing to fear at all when we know we have received Gods salvation and remain keen in walking uprightly as we exercise our gifts in His liberty, for His glory.
Originally posted by Dann Matthews W’Obukosia