Princes and Princesses of God
In the midst of a world full of turmoil, troubles, pains, cares and fears, without the constant reminders and promptings of the Holy Spirit through the word, it becomes easy for God’s children to forget who they are and whose they are. In times like this, many become like Demas in 2 Timothy 4:8, who drifted from the truth because of a love for ‘this present life’, others like Mark (Acts 13:13,15:38) had turned aside because of the challenges they faced as they followed God. While others like the mixed multitude in Numbers 11:4 were simply religious on the outside but were yet to truly commit their lives into the hands of the Master. However, for those who had truly called out to the Lord for salvation from a lifestyle of sin and its eternal consequences, such were partakers of what scripture calls “so great a salvation”. When we read the story about how the Lord brought out the children of Israel from Egypt, we marvel at the mighty power of God that was displayed for their deliverance. Now if this was done for the natural seed of Abraham, how much more we who are his spiritual offspring? The question then is not how much God can do or how much He is willing to do on our behalf, but how much attention are we willing to give to Him. Hebrews 2:1-3 says - “Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast and every transgression and disobedience received a just recommence; how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation—which at first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard.”
As Jacob fled from his brother Esau and the consequences of his deceitfulness started manifesting, God was faithful enough to reveal Himself to him as the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac, which meant that Jacob was next in line for God’s awesome blessings; he was royalty in God’s eyes. He was loved by the Lord even before he was born, yet he did not know it (Malachi 1:1-4). One would expect this experience at Bethel to have made such an impact on Jacob that he would freely give God his undivided attention. He literarily saw the living God! But his response revealed he was more mindful about what to eat and what to wear during his journey (Genesis 28:20). Though these things are important, yet they are not as important as who we are and Whose we are. After years of unwarranted labors, during another experience with the Lord at Peniel, the Angel that wrestled with Jacob declared “as a prince thou hast power with God and with men, and hast prevailed”. Oh! So Jacob was a prince before God, but did he walk in this mindset most of his life? No! Yet concerning Isaac his father it was testified by a heathen King “we saw clearly that the Lord was with you”. And about Abraham his grandfather in Genesis 23:6 -“thou art a mighty prince among us”, because they lived like God’s princes before the eyes of people. Friend, if you have given your life to the Lord you are His mighty prince and princess on the earth and through you He desires to expand His royal family. No matter how far you have drifted from Him, like Mark in 2Timothy 4:11 and Onesimus in Philemon 11, you can return and once more become profitable in God’s kingdom. Walk worthy of your call as His child. Remember time is short! God bless you.