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LORD, YOU KNOW!
We give glory to God both now and forever more. Hallelujah! It is a good thing to give thanks to God says the Psalmist, always in the morning, afternoon, at night – at all times. Being grateful to some, is by choice while to others is a must. Which category do we belong? It is to our advantage if we belong to the category of it is a must – not just on a compulsory or forceful term but to understand that we are not complete without it and that we are not living at all if all we do is not to please God. Therefore, it is a form and sort of rejoicing to our heart when we, with one accord, in singleness of heart and gladness lift up our voices as a body to glorify our Head. Perhaps the change we desire starts from here.
AND HE SAID UNTO ME, SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE? AND I ANSWERED, O LORD GOD, THOU KNOWEST – Ezekiel 37:3
Most of us are so fast and swift in response whenever God asks us question. Whenever this happens, God is always patient with us after all said and done and there is no change, then He asks, “are you ready to hear me out.” [emphasis]. The approach used by the prophet is a good one to imbibe, inculcate, learn or draw lessons from. Prophet Ezekiel could have answered the Lord in a simple term, “yes, they can” with such a brightened face and delightful countenance. But nay, he waited on God’s response to the situation. There are some situations in life that draw questions either from or to God. Either ways, instead for us to patiently listen or wait on God to hear from Him, we speedily delve into making decisions for God or rather let’s say for ourselves. It is going to be a blissful thing the moment we start to say, “O Lord God, thou knowest” when He asks questions from us. We shouldn’t be too forward in our speech before Him. Have you kind of sought for what God is saying concerning this situation you find yourself?
And again, it is noteworthy to state that there is an ill attitude or stale behaviour to this end also. Whenever some situations befall us, there are sometimes, confusion sets in. As children of God who bought with a price, purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, what should be our response, expression to this? Should we start to question the existence, power or wisdom of God? Due to this state of man, we have been behaving as if God longer knows anything. This is shown in the way we convey our prayers to Him. Let’s say this, if God were to be man, hearing and seeing the way and with which manner many people articulate their words in prayers before or to Him, He wouldn’t hear not to talk of answering. We speak as if God does not know all things anymore. Our way of life affirms this in a sense. How good and pleasant would it be if everyone of us begin to approach God as He who knows all things. What a state of reliance and dependence!
HE THAT PLANTED THE EAR, SHALL HE NOT HEAR? HE THAT FORMED THE EYE, SHALL HE NOT SEE? – Psalms 94:9
God has eyes, so He sees. He has ears too, He can hear. Conclusively, God knows what we are going through. God loves the world. Do you think He will leave His loved world without doing anything? More so, God loves you. Dear fellow steward of our Heavenly Father, are you troubled and perplexed on every side like apostle Paul said, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair”? God knows. Many believe that God is no longer in control in this word. Don’t allow these junks to become our daily food. He is fully in charge. Do we have trials and temptation at present? God knows. Are we being despised and reproached among friends, families and foes daily? Pressure from within and without? Oh, child of God, do not despair. Don’t lose hope. God knows. The times are hard. True! The period in which we are is terrible. No doubt about that. Discouragement and disappointment are here and there. Yes, you are right. But you know what? God knows and He is doing something about it. In fact, He did it long time ago and He is still doing something about it. What is it that God is doing?
AND YE NOW THEREFORE HAVE SORROW: BUT I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN, AND YOUR HEART SHALL REJOICE, AND YOUR JOY NO MAN TAKETH FROM YOU – John 16:22
Whether in gladness or heaviness of heart our firm and undiluted resolution is that, God knows. Our thought on this is not compared to that of priest Eli to whom the word of the Lord came, instead for discipline and repentance to begin he said, “He is God let Him do whatever He willeth…” No, that is not to be our approach. If there are some unpleasant situations some uncomfortable circumstances surrounding you at present, God knows but maybe He is expecting something from you. You see, a just God cannot forgive sin except it is paid for. Of a truth it is paid for through Jesus Christ, so come to the atoning Saviour.
HE SAITH UNTO HIM THE THIRD TIME, SIMON, SON OF JONAS, LOVEST THOU ME? PETER WAS GRIEVED BECAUSE HE SAID UNTO HIM THE THIRD TIME, LOVEST THOU ME? AND HE SAID UNTO HIM, LORD, THOU KNOWEST ALL THINGS; THOU KNOWEST THAT I LOVE THEE. JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM, FEED MY SHEEP - John 21:17.
It is one thing to ask God questions upon questions but another thing when He ask us. And indeed, we should really tremble if God should ask us questions. We shouldn't let our overconfidence rob us the joy and pleasant answer we would have received instead. Claiming we know more than God is not a good trait. And again, there is yet another thing to take note. During the period of joy, happiness and and ecstasy, we are very prone and swift to making confession and promises to. We need to learn from the response of Peter too. He had once boasted of dying with Jesus and to be crucified with Him but it turned out to be a sorrowful weeping for him. And now the Lord of Glory is asking him yet another question for the third time going, knowing what that could mean, he replied, "Lord, THOU Knowest..." Don't say you are too strong and that you know all things... Not you, but God knows. It is one thing to know God and another to be known by God (for God to know you). Indeed, we should wait on Him.
Finally Brethren, most of life challenges can be dealt with or solved if we come to God faithfully with the understanding and knowledge that He knows. God is not blind that He cannot see and neither is He deaf that he cannot hear nor His hand short that He cannot save. He sees all. He knows all. Probably some of us have been living in and on the secret side thinking He does not know and that He does not have us in mind. That is erroneous. Please, let us acknowledge that He knows. Therefore, Brothers and Sisters, Daddies and Mummies, Ladies and Gentlemen, concerning that plight, that business, that marriage, that career, that situation at hand, that project, God knows. He really knows Do you believe He knows? Our resolution and conclusion on that matter peculiar and relative to us is that, God knows.
GOD KNOWS GREETINGS TO YOU ALL
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