Due to comments and request for clarification on this article published on the 8/4/2006, this is a reviewed work to keep the message understandable to readers
GOD ON HOLIDAY
There gathered some employee, they would like their boss, a successful investor to go get some rest. They ran their comments through the year, and one said he is a workaholic type; this was confirmed by every one in that false- concern forum.
Although, he gave the best welfare package to this employee, but some of them can not cope with His constant presence.
When in the year will this man go on holiday, at least for a while? Was the rattling question in their discussion? It sounds more like sincere concern. Several groups emerged in the company for these reason. Some really loved his company and won’t subscribe to such suggestion. But the coined deceptive concern came from the indolent and his presence will not permit the practice of such. Some others wanted to make away with some valuable materials and they were afraid, they may be caught if he is present. With time, the latter two groups merged into a uniform voice and agreed that he needed to go get rest. These necessitated all the schemes and campaigns of these false-concerned groups. “They confronted him and pleaded with him to heed their advice, but he won’t “I am in a better state of mind with your presence, he replied.”
When these pleasure seekers could not press on him, they agreed to keep him behind the gate the next morning. Zealously they came in the morning and closed the door against him. When he arrived, he pleaded with them. They replied “Go get rest “we’ll continue without you for a while. After several hours, he left and went to another establishment of his. Mean while, he was making the plans to work out a better welfare and salary packaged. They had set him on compulsory holiday but for how long will they keep him Resting?
This is applicable in many gatherings, fellowships, churches and families. Some had ignorantly or willingly conspired with the devil to give God a compulsory holiday in their midst. So many things can bring down his hands. We may think they are irrelevant and so he remained absent still within many Christian folds and various homes.
Many could feel convenient with the absence of God. God was locked out of the congregation in the Wilderness EX. 33:3 “Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiff-necked people lest I consume thee in the way..
There is the angry renting of many mountains by the winds of situations and circumstances in many lives, fellowships and homes for the absence of God. There has been earthquake and destructive fire in some ministries while God is absent, and there is no safety in the absence of this Living God.
He keeps knocking, if we will open the door of our hearts unto him. He may not be needed in many gatherings, fellowships, homes and ministries, our various actions may have confirmed this. Some have sinned, and some by disobedience, doubt, fear, the desire to please people and pride had kept the wonderful and sovereign God alien in their meetings. We may pray for God’s visitation like the days of old; If it seems there is no answer, we’ll need to check, if God is with and within us or absent. Some may have managed to get the crumbs, but he is willing to come in fullness. If God must be locked outside our decisions, activities, programmes, works, songs, preaching, messages, books, discussions and ministries, we’ll miss a great deal, the wonders of God.
How many times have we told the Lord Jesus who is willing to live within us to “go get rest we will continue without you”!
Hmm....i am short of words, how true...pleasures of life have taken over the presence of God, i mean, why bother for his touch when daily needs are met but truelly, a life that is void of his presence is a life of danger, life is not funfare but warfare, we need him. Thanks for checking my stuffs.
Bolaji, thanks for your comments on my piece. I love this piece also. My concern is that in the writing of it you are writing in English directly translated from your native language - Yoruba. I'm concerned because so many in America may miss the message because they are getting lost in the way you ae writing the English Language. Just remember to think of the readers all around the world as you write so God can use you to speak to many.
I love that last line. Profound. Congratulations, you are a thoughtful writer.
Blessings, Princess Ayo