‘With my experience thus far, I believe God’s promises happen by chance’, someone exclaimed to me the other day! Hearing this made my heart heavy and sad because this reflects the reality on ground. You may argue that the person is not truly born again to believe this. But so many may not say it but their actions announce the statement loudly enough. The question that came to my mind when the statement was made was, can He that said we should not owe laborers their wages refuse to settle those that serve Him? Or better still, can He that said we should ask not have provisions for our demands? The truth is the reason why so many are frustrated and disillusioned with their serving God is that they are not truly serving Him but are serving their pastors and their ministries. No wonder they can stand and claim that the pastors favor some over them. If you love the Lord and your service is to Him, you will realize that the pastor or ministry can never reward you! Therefore, your service is not to them or the ministry but unto God! Friend, God’s blessings are not magical, neither is God a fat pot-bellied old man that goes around at a particular time of the year to give gifts or grant requests.
From the Scriptures and through faith, we understand that God is true and He cannot say a thing and not do it. For instance, God cannot tell us to seek when He knows there is nothing to find or knock on some imaginary door that will never open. God’s blessings are encased in His precepts and we cannot access them if we refuse to obey His precepts. He affirmed this when He said: “I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in vain’. I declare things that are right” (Isaiah 45:19). God gave Abraham, Isaac and Jacob promises that were encased in instructions. As they obeyed, they were able to access the blessings. The same promises encased in instructions God had given to us and we cannot access them without obeying the instructions. This means, we cannot walk outside of His instructions and still expect to access the blessings. The brother or sister that you think you are more devout than and are being blessed which led you to think God is unfair to you is actually walking in the truth of God he/she knows. Friend, the much of God’s word you know, how have you being faithful in walking in them? Did you not read that to whom much is given much more is expected? God told Abram pointedly: “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1b). He was not instructed to walk before any man, brethren or the nations but before God. Abram obeyed and did not walk in lie and hypocrisy thus he was rewarded accordingly. The same principle applies today; before declaring God is not being fair to you, first check before whom you are walking. God is not a man that He should lie. In fact, He is incapable of lying because He is Holy and Righteous. Old or New Testament, God’s precepts remain the same: “How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither, whatever he does prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3). Friend this is the true state of a child of God. Stop comparing yourselves with others, looking to your pastors, ministries, friends or families for your reward. Your reward is from the Lord. Man cannot but fail, but God will never fail you if you follow faithfully. However, remember this as you follow Him faithfully, the ‘Suddenly’ of God always come after the ‘Waiting’ of man. God bless you.