Evangelism

WHATEVER JEHOVAH SAYS, HE WILL DO! By Barr. E.T.C. Ogbusu, KSC

What He says He will do, that is what He will do! And a song writer says “That is why He is called Jehovah!”

Last week, I made the point on this column that “Jehovah Has The Final Say”. Yes, He has! He has the final say in whatever concerns us. Whatever He says He will do in our lives, that is what He will do. No one has the right or justification to arrogate to him or herself the power to determine the fate of others. Only God can!

Since last week’s write-up on this column, I have received several phone calls. One of them particularly pleaded with me to pray to God to have the final say in his life. He knows that God has a purpose for him, but he does not feel so comfortable the way things are going in his life. I am sure that is the way it is for some people. Some seem to know only storms in their lives. One thing that is certain, however, is that in the midst of every storm in life, God must finally say something. It may not, in the eyes of men, be quick in coming but it must surely come. And don’t you ever forget! God’s time is always the best. His ways are also different and higher than human ways. When He says the final word, every storm calms down!

This discourse is not necessarily a continuation of the last write-up. It is just to emphasize what was said in the last write-up and to assure our people that the saying is right that God is not a man that He should tell lies (Num.23:19).

Human beings are full of lies. Some of the times they make promises which they either have no intention of fulfilling or capability of fulfilling. This way, trust is being killed. If any one says anything, the general attitude will be that of “until we see” or “seeing is believing”. It is not so with God because whatever He says He will do, that is what He will do, in His own way and at His own time.

My intention is to take some biblical examples to illustrate that our God is faithful to His words. Indeed, He say, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa. 55:10-11).

Again, talking to his disciples about the signs of the End of the Age, Our Saviour Jesus Christ said, “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will by no means pass away”. (Mt. 24:35).

I will like to start this discourse with Abraham. Not much was known about him until when, as Abram, God asked him to move from his country, from his family and from his father’s place to a land He would show him. This was followed up by a number of promises by God, including the fact that He would make him a great nation, and also that He would bless him (Gen.12:1-3). He also promised him a son of his own body through his wife Sarah, even though he was one hundred years at the time and his wife was ninety years old.

Well, because God is not a liar, because whatever He says He will do, that is what He will do, all His promises to Abraham came to pass. In due time, Abraham had a son (Isaac) by Sarah (Gen.18:10; Gen.21:1-5). His descendants also increased upon the earth as the stars on the sky and the sand on seashore, just like God promised (Gen. 22:16-18). He also established an everlasting covenant, like He said, between Him, Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 17:7).

God also said to Abraham, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers, in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterwards they shall come out with great possessions” (Gen. 15:13-14).

We all know how the Israelites were under the Egyptian bondage, crushed and oppressed for four hundred years. We also know how God later raised Moses and Aaron for their deliverance from the excruciating clutches of Pharaoh and the Egyptians (Exo.3).

Further, we know about the wilderness travels and the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea (Exo.14).

Finally, we know how the Israelites came out of Egypt with great possessions into a land flowing with milk and honey, which God had promised Abraham to give to his descendants. (Josh.11). Who then says that this God, our God, is not a God who does what He says He will do?

I know, brethren, that some of you have been taken hostage or kept in bondage by their taskmasters, by their lecturers, even by their family members. The Lord is saying today that they must let you go. Remember, what He says He will do, that is what He will do. When He sent Moses to Pharaoh to say to him, “Let my people go”, He knew Pharaoh would not let go easily. He said, “I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in their midst; and after that he will let go” (Ex.3:19-20). What He said He would do, did He not do? Did He not strike Egypt with various plagues until Pharaoh let the Israelites go? (Ex.8-14). Did He not gain honour over Pharaoh and over all his army as He said He would do? (Ex.14:4).

When the wall of Jericho was shut up against the children of Israel, the Lord said to Joshua, “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king and the mighty men of valor”. (Josh. 6:1-2). The Bible says that when the children of Israel at the sound of the trumpets, shouted the great shout, as the Lord directed, the wall of Jericho fell down flat. Then, the people went up into the city and took it, utterly destroying all that was in it (Josh. 6: 20-21).

My brother and my sister, the Lord says He would destroy every wall of Jericho built and shut up against your life, against your progress, against your family. You will surely possess what is beyond that wall because what He says He will do, that is what He will do!

In the face of every fear and anxiety of this life, the Lord says to you, “Do not fear or be afraid. I am with you always”. (Gen. 26:24; Isa. 41:10) He says He has inscribed you in the palms of His hands and your walls are continually before Him (Isa.49:16)

When wicked eyes are beamed on you like the searchlight, when human beings turn themselves into vultures with sole intention of devouring you, you must remember what the Lord has said. He said, “I will contend with him who contends with you…….. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine” (Isa. 49:25-26).

It is possible that one man is making you have sleepless nights. Who is he? Is he the Lord? Who are those people conspiring against you to take what belongs to you or put you away from the rest of the society? Are you afraid and tired of their nocturnal meetings? Listen and hear what the Lord is saying. He says, “See, I have taken out of your hand the cup of my fury; you shall no longer drink it. But I will put it into the hands of those who afflict you, who have said to you, lie down, that we may walk over you”. (Isa. 51:22-23).

The Lord also says, “You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake” (Isa.54:14-15).

Perhaps, you are sick and you think you are about to die. The Lord said to Isaiah the prophet, “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you… I will add fifteen years to your life” (2Ki.20: 1-6). There are many things the Lord is saying to you today. He says He has heard your prayers and seen your tears. He says He will heal you, heal you of that sickness which seems to have no name and have defied treatment so far. He says He will heal you of your arthritis, lumbagos, asthma, stroke and other diseases. He says He will add more years to your life. He will surely do it because what He says He will do, that is what He will do and that is why He is called Jehovah.

If we know that our God is God, that our God is faithful, that He is not a liar, that whatever He says He will do, He will do,  then, we would not allow ourselves fall into unnecessary anxiety. We would surrender ourselves into the palms of He who is able to keep us better than we can do. What can we change, anyway, if what we think or say about ourselves is different from what God says about us?

On the other hand, if we realize that what He says is what He will do, it should make us live our lives more carefully and in conformity with His Will. When Ahab and Jezebel caused Naboth to be killed in order to take his vineyard, the Lord said what He would do, and that was what He did (1Ki. 21; 2Ki. 9:21-37).

Further, when the children of Eli incurred the wrath of God by their conduct, what He said He would do was what He did (1Sam. 3:11-14; 1Sam. 4).

Again, when David took Bathsheba the wife of Uriah and both of them had a child, the Lord said what He would do, and that was what He did (2 Sam. 12:1-18).

Now He says, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Rev.22:12). What reward will you get if He comes today?

 

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