January 21, 2019 by Kgalalelo
The schools started a week and a half ago for the first term and so were the tertiary institutions and many students who have passed with a university entry are busy registering. I was at the University of Free State on Friday to inquire too about registration as I intend to further my own studies in Communication this year. I graduated last in 2006 and it has been 12 years since I’ve been in the class room but feel it is time, I need to resume with my studies and I am prepared and ready. A year passes quickly and soon it will be winter and after winter the year will be almost over. I don’t want to waste this one because I have a list of things that I would like to achieve. I believe my children will also be inspired and proud knowing that their mom is also studying.
I believe that this is the year where we need to take a leap of faith. Most of us have been postponing things that we want to do and not following our dreams because we are afraid of the unknown. There is no life without some form of risk otherwise we become complacent and nothing comes out of it. We see people achieve things in their lives and feel jealous or envious especially when we realise that we could have done something but we became lazy and abandoned all our plans. We are all afraid of something especially taking a step in the direction of the things that we want to achieve in our lives but how will we know if we don’t try.
We elevate failure more than good fortune or success. Our first thought is always that of disaster instead of the goodness of God. We distrust life and doubt God, we don’t think He will have our back if we just take the first step. The bible says faith without works is dead (James 2:17). It says that Abraham was justified by his faith when he offered Isaac as a sacrifice. Faith was working together with his works. He took the step that God showed him to take.
We are so afraid of the unknown, that is, what will happen next and this is not faith in God. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). You have to know in your heart that God will help and guide you and provide for you before you see the physical provision. We have a narrow view point without opening our minds to possibilities and the fact that God is on our side. If we can know and speak like Elisha and say ‘open my eyes that I can Father what you see’. Scripture says in 2 Kings 6 that the King of Aram had waged war against Israel but everywhere he was with his army, Israel knew about it and so avoided such places. When the Aramean king was informed that the man of God, Elisha was warning the king of Israel, he ordered his men to find out where Elisha was and capture him. He sent his forces and chariots to surround the city of Dothan where Elisha was.
The bible says further that when Elisha’s servant awoke in the morning to see the city surrounded, he was afraid and Elisha said to him “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16-17). We need to pray for the eyes of our understanding to open up that we may not fear what we don’t know but that God may reveal that He is with us all the way. If only all of us could see in the spirit, we would realise that angels are all around us ready to help us in time of need. We only need to call and ask the Lord.
No one is immune to the challenges of life. Even if the way may be made clear, there will be other obstacles along the way to overcome, however, these are placed in our way so that we can be strengthened and walk in faith and not by sight. If we always know what would happen next, we might not learn the lessons we ought to learn. All of us want security especially financially, for example, we are afraid of changing our jobs and take a lower pay because we get comfortable with the high salaries we are earning instead of knowing that God is our security and He will supply even when things seem tough with the human eye. In fact, we waste money on unnecessary things that we don’t really need sometimes.
When the Israelites left Egypt and found themselves in the wilderness, they had nothing except the clothes they were wearing and some supplies. They pitched tents wherever they were during their journey and when they began to complain to Moses about a lack of good food and water for their livestock, God provided in His own way. We could argue that circumstances were different during those times but what the Israelites went through was to illustrate God’s faithfulness and that He takes care of us now as He did the people of ancient times. We have men and women around the world with testimonies of God’s unending provision in their lives and God never failed them. We trust in our jobs, professions and inheritance that our parents left for us but as 1 Timothy 6:7 puts it “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it”.
If you don’t open the door, you will never know what is on the other side. Go ahead, grab the handle and open.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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