Particularly When You are Stocked and Helpless

Weekly Digest - Wed, 10 Apr, 2019

In today’s Pastoral write-up, we want to expose us to/or remind ourselves of the power and efficacy of God’s grace in our life from time to time. Whether we like it or not, we all go through all kinds of daily challenges and problems. None of us is immune from life’s crises. Some of them we are able to resolve instantly or after a brief period of time and seeking. Some others of our problems we have no clue how to resolve, even after we have prayed requesting God’s intervention. At such times we seem to be stocked after all else fails, and no one is able to help us through. That’s what the above title suggests, “Particularly when You are Stocked and Helpless.” The biblical Job in the Old Testament was one man who experienced such a difficult dilemma in spite of his forthrightness and faith in God. The Bible describes him as “blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East” (Job 1:1-3). Unknown to Job, Satan received God’s permission to test him concerning his faith in God, but not allowed to take his soul. Just within few days, Job lost everything and all his sons and daughters. He sought desperately for rationale of his changed dilemma, asked and even questioned God, but he did not sin. The grace and power of God sustained and upheld him proving his unshakable faith in God in spite of all the great loss suffered. While God did not give Job any answer other than His prerogative, all and double his wealth was restored by God of Heaven. God’s grace sustained Job

                Another episode in the New Testament was the experience of super spiritual man of God called Paul. He had a serious problem described as the thorn in his flesh for which he prayed God three times but the problem remained. God’s answer to him was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:5-10). Paul’s conclusion thereby was that for Christ’s’ sake, he would boast all the more gladly about his weakness so that Christ’s power may rest on him. When we face such crises in our life, I pray that we all accept God’s grace being sufficient for us, for thereby God’s power is manifested and perfected in our weakness. No matter what God is always on the side of His own (Romans 8:31-39)                                                                   Dr. Johnson Omoni