Author: Alfred Benjamin King
Title of Today’s Story: Just do exactly as God says
Date: 20th May 2011 (Friday)
JUST DO EXACTLY AS GOD SAYS
Once upon a time, in a land much like the one you live in right now. There lived a farmer named Jerry.
Jerry was a nice man who believed in Jesus. He had a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters.
For Jerry, life was good. Or rather it was perfect, and you cannot improve on perfect. That is why it is perfect.
One day, while Jerry was praying, God spoke to him and told him that there would be a famine coming upon the land soon.
God told him that he should store food in preparation for the famine and he should go about warning people of the coming famine.
Jerry had heard the voice of God before. He had obeyed the voice of God enough over the years to know that God never lied. Jerry believed what God said about the famine. He didn’t mind the part about storing up food in preparation for the famine, but it was the part about the going around warning people about a coming famine that he could not physically prove that bothered him.
People would think he’s crazy. They would call him all sorts of names. He would become the psycho of the land.
Jerry begged God that if there is another way that wouldn’t be humiliating that it would be preferable.
God told Jerry that there was no other way. That would he rather that his people all die of starvation because of how uncool he thinks going around knocking on doors and warning people is?
Eventually, Jerry agreed in spite of how so out of his comfort zone it was.
When Jerry spoke to people, he got laughed at, mocked, spat on, and had doors slammed in his face to name a few.
Jerry eventually finished carrying out all that God told him to do. He had warned the people and had stored up some food that would sustain him and his family during the famine.
The famine started and people were shocked. The prophecy of Jerry had come true. The entire land was barren. No amount of fertilizer or modern day practices could change that.
People started dying of starvation and Jerry felt pity for them. He knew he only had enough food for his family but he couldn’t help it. He couldn’t help how he felt when he saw little boys and girls dying of hunger.
Things soon became so bad that there was no food in all the land. The topic of HUNGER was now the only topic on radio, TV and Internet weekly shows.
The Senate of the land was unable to do anything about it. Everybody was hungry. No one expect Jerry had food, and even though some people had known that Jerry had warned them about this, not everyone knew that Jerry was the only one in all the land that had food.
Jerry, out of pity began to feed a few people in his neighborhood even though he knew it would decrease the ration for his own family, as the food was only enough for his own family.
Soon, many more people who Jerry didn’t invite started coming to knock on his door and beg for food.
In a little while, everyone in all the land knew that Jerry had food. The story that Jerry had warned all those he could about the coming of the famine had become common knowledge in every nook and cranny too.
One night thousands of people with weapons and hungry stomachs raided Jerry’s home to take all the food he had stored. In the process Jerry and his family had to flee for their lives with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Jerry and his family disguised themselves and went to live in a place no one would find him.
Jerry prayed with tears in his eyes and asked God why.
God told Jerry that it was his fault that he was in the situation that he was in. That he had chosen to follow his heart instead of the instructions he had been given.
God had told him to save up food for him and his family alone. It was not meant for everyone in the land. Everyone in the land had their chance to escape the hunger the famine brought by storing up food for themselves and for their families when Jerry warned them but rather they choose to mock him thereby mocking the one who sent him and by doing so they put themselves in the situation they are currently in. It was no longer Jerry’s responsibility to help them. God didn’t tell him to help them during the famine and anytime we do our own thing and not what God said we should do, we always end up getting into trouble.
Now Jerry was in trouble, he was homeless, hungry and hiding because he followed his heart and did his own thing.
However, God is a loving and merciful God who always takes care of those that are his, so when Jerry learnt his lesson and asked for forgiveness, God told him that he should sow in the land even though there was famine.
Jerry would have argued with God concerning how impractical it would be to sow in the land but considering all the things he had been though, he knew now that it was always best to obey God and to obey all the way regardless of what your heart or mind considers wise or unwise.
Jerry obeyed God and sowed in the land. He received a hundred fold in that year and he waxed great and went forward until he became very great. He kept his wealth a secret throughout the remaining period of the famine. This was easy to do because who would believe that when everyone else planted crops; the crops died but when Jerry planted crops in the same land; the crops blossomed.
God is truly a God of miracles and those who are his who stick closely to him are like the trees planted by the river. Even when there is trouble and everyone else around them is going through hell, they are immune to the perils and the storms of life brings.
Q & A
1) What did God tell Jerry to do to save his people the first time?
2) Why did Jerry’s plan to save his people after the famine started end up badly?
3) Why do you think sometimes God gives people second chances and sometimes he doesn’t?
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PRAYER OF SALVATION:
If you’ve been touched by what you just read and you’ve never given your heart to Jesus before but now want to become a Christian, please say this prayer and mean it with all your heart.
“Oh Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Your word says, ‘… whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved’ (Acts 2:21)
So now I ask Jesus to come into my heart to be the lord of my life. I receive eternal life into my spirit and according to Romans 10: 9, ‘That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved’ , Therefore I declare that I am saved; I am born – again; I am a child of God! I now have Christ dwelling in me, and greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world! (1 John 4:4). I now walk in the consciousness of my new life in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!”
PRAYER FOR THE RETURNING BACK SLIDER (ONLY):
“Oh lord God, I ask for your mercy and forgiveness for turning my back on you. I come back to you today in total sincerity and like the parable of the prodigal son, I thank you for receiving me back with Joy and Gladness.
I confess that Jesus Christ is the lord of my life and God the father is my Daddy. Hallelujah!”
PRAYER TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT:
“Oh Father, I thank you now for making me born again. For making me your child.
I ask that you give me your Holy Spirit to live in me and with me. For your word says that you would freely give the Holy Spirit to all those who ask. I open my heart and receive, and I know by faith that you have given me your Holy Spirit. Thank you Father. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alfred Benjamin King is a full time writer and illustrator. He is one of the leading Christ – Minded writers in both fiction and non – fiction today.
His contribution to literature is extra ordinary. He created two new genres of literature namely, “D.I.P” and “S+C.S”
His literally works and special projects have gone spiral on the web; wheeling in an ever increasing number of views per post.
Alfred Benjamin King was the founder and General Overseer of the “Disciples of Jesus” which he has now dissolved into a concept based on divine direction.
He currently lives in the city of Port – Harcourt in Nigeria, Africa.