February 26, 2018 by Kgalalelo
I’ve always been fascinated by the knowledge that we are all role players on the stage with the scripts we ourselves have written and are writing. We do this through our thoughts; what we think of today, determines what we do tomorrow and what happens to us the following day. It might be difficult to understand or accept this but it gives me comfort to know that Jesus said that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow, as it will take care of itself and basically we should live in the now. The Bible says that “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). If we live right in the now, then we have ensured that tomorrow has turned out right or we can simply live it to God to sort it out but how we think and act this day, governs the outcome of the following day. I have been thinking a lot about changing my car also but wasn’t sure what car I should purchase, but knew that as soon as I make a decision this day about what I wanted, getting it becomes easy tomorrow as I know exactly what to do, so I didn’t have to worry about the next day so to say. This is how I understand it.
I was reading the Bible in Exodus 13 and 14, in the time when the Israelites where fleeing from Egypt and pursued by Pharaoh and his army. The Bible says that God led them around by the desert road towards the Red Sea, however, He hardened Pharaoh’s heart to keep on pursuing the Israelites and He said about the situation “I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord” (Exodus 14:4). God deliberately hardened Pharaoh’s heart and made him pursue the Israelites to His honour. In both circumstances he received the glory; from the Egyptians as well as from Israel, hence we often say ‘all glory be to God’, not man. He receives it both from the victors and the villains alike.
I was in a situation where I was pursued by the enemy like anyone of us. He manifested himself as the spirit of resistance by those around me, doing the opposite of what has been requested and sheer inattentiveness. I could see this energy rising up and it was difficult to deal with and as the enemy multiplied himself in this particular way, false accusations rose up against me. The Bible says in John 10:10 that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy”. There is no better task for the enemy, it is just like a snake. Its purpose is to bite whenever if feels threatened even if there’s nothing threatening it. There is a lot of fear amongst our people and they are being used by the enemy for the wrong things.
I am encouraged often by Ephesians 6:12 as it says “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. Since this is the case, one knows very well to take the fight to the spiritual realm through prayer. The angels are always present around fighting for the children of God. We are therefore safe all the time. The fight is not ours but the Lord’s. There are dozens of scriptures in the Bible as confirmation that God is with us, we have to believe and trust that He has everything under control. He hears the cries of His children no matter how trivial the situation is.
I had to come to a point of realisation that the people who were throwing false accusations about me where playing their roles just like Pharaoh that God alone may receive the glory. I had to see the glory of God manifested in my life and the enemy also had to see that there is only One God and as the Bible says in Psalm 24 “ The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters”. I had to remember to go deep into the Word and trust the Lord no matter how strong the enemy seemed to be, including the corridor talks that he was going for me with all his will but there is no force mightier that God. It is all about the demonstration of His glory that He doesn’t share with no one.
As the enemy dashed frantically towards me, I stood on the Word of God and remembered Gideon in the Bible (Judges 6-7). Israel was facing war with the Midianites and cried out to God for help. God raised Gideon to fight the Midianites and bestowed favour upon him to strike all of them. He instructed him to take warriors with him who will go with Him to battle. He appeared to Gideon and said to him “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. I order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, announce now to the people, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead’. So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained” (Judges 7:2-3). Out of the remaining ten thousand, a further 9700 were also dismissed by the Lord and Gideon went to war with only 300 men so that God may be glorified. The Midianites had camels that covered the sun in their camp meaning that they had many warriors but victory belonged to Gideon and his few men because of the Lord.
I contemplated on the scriptures above and knew that with the many who were plotting against me, God was not bothered at all. This was all to His glory that He may reveal to me and to the enemy, who He is. If I was fully armed then I would do it with my own power and take the glory but I had nothing that I thought I could hang on to or even use as evidence. I even thought of myself as Moses, who was stuttering and could not speak but asked God to send his brother Aaron instead to talk to Pharaoh when God asked Him to go tell Pharaoh to let go of the Israelites. I didn’t see myself as having testimonies or some form of paperwork or evidence and the mouth to speak and defend myself. I only had God and in my experiences, I never had to raise a hand nor do anything; everything just resolved itself in front of my eyes. God always handled every situation I found myself in perfectly.
He usually removes me from the situation and place me far. Unlike the Israelites who went to war and then God placed the enemy into their hands, most of the time, I didn’t have to go to war. He would handle things on His own and the following day I would know that the situation has been resolved in my favour. In the case where my presence had been required, I knew that my only task was to go and receive the trophy of the battle that has been won for me without my input, concern or lifting a finger, hence the Bible says that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37) and “If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).
The battle had already been won by God and going through the motion was just a formality to show that God’s glory rests upon me. He needed to demonstrate to the spectators, who He is. “He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies”, David said (Psalm 23:5). He further says “Lord, as you deliver me from my enemies, I will give you thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people” (Psalm 23:18).
When you read the book of Daniel, the bible says Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace for refusing to bow down to an image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. The instruction had been clear that as soon as everyone in the land heard the proclamation they were to fall down and worship the image. The three men were summoned to the king for their refusal to worship and when Nebuchadnezzar enquired from them if it was true that they never bowed down they replied by saying “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18). These Jews were adamant because they knew the God they served. They were not willing to let glory go to any god but Jehovah and because of their faithfulness, even though they were thrown into the fire heated seven times hotter than usual, they came out unscathed because the fourth man was with them, the angel of the Lord.
The king and his royal advisors and governors were amazed. Spectators were all around and everyone who played a role and the scripture says that “Then Nebuchadnezzar said ‘Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!” He then decreed that anyone who can say anything against the God of these men, be cut into pieces and their homes be destroyed and he promoted the three men in the province of Babylon.
God didn’t need to be assisted, everyone was in their perfect positions to observe the salvation of the Lord unto His servants. Enough audience were assembled and those who meant harm, witnessed the glory of God and this act changed the king as he promoted the three men because he believed in the power of the God they served. When situations happen in our lives, as children of God, we have to hold on to Romans 8:28 which says “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”. We should know that everyone is playing their roles so that the glory of God may be made manifest in our lives and change the hearts of those who meant you harm. Let us go forth and thank the Lord for His goodness in our lives. Glory be to God!
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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