The Power In “By God’s Grace” and “God willing”

Two days ago, I concluded with my younger brother to pay them a visit with my family the next day (yesterday). I did not really pray about it. All I kept saying anytime the issue came up was “by the grace of God.” And then came yesterday. We started preparation. As soon as we were ready to leave, belief or not, a thick cloud gathered. While I was still surprised at the suddeness, a terrible sand storm followed. And then the rain came pouring. I called my brother to tell him of the development. He said there were no such things over there. The down pour continued for about four hours. Around 2pm when it certain that we would not be able to make the journey, …. guess what? The rain stopped !!! Unbeliefable !!!

As someone who ALWAYS prefers God to have His way in all I do; and because of my short prayers, I simply said: “God understands…may His wiil be done.”

Consider this : a man leaves for work in the morning and greets his family “bye bye. See you in the evening.” Unknown to him, he just said his last “bye bye” to his family. He hits the road and later died in an auto accident.

Consider this too: a woman admires her adorable son and says “my son, soon you will be in high school. Woww! How time flies.” The son later falls ill and…dies !

I do not want to bore you with the countless pronouncements that we make on a daily basis. Most of it are usually made without due consideration for this popular saying : man proposes and God disposes. Most of them are made with subtle arrogance. Consider this : “by this time next year I will be a millionaire.” Someone might call it self confidence or positive thinking. Tell me : what can self confidence and positive thinking bring if God says “NO !!!”

Over the years, two short prayers have become a way of life for me : “by God’s grace” and “God willing.” Consider this : “by the grace of God, by this time next year, I will be a millionaire.” Though simply said, you have done two things – you have simply told God that you are counting on Him for the millions and you have indirectly begged God to spare your life till that time.”

Consider this too : “Bye my love. God willing, I will take you out when I come back from work.” Here, you are not only counting on God to grant you journey mercies, but to also watch over you and and your loved ones till you return.” All centered on two words – God willing !!!

If you are not bored, consider this : “God willing, I will get that job at the bank.” Here, you have simply asked God our all-knowing God to decide if the job is good for you and to help you get the job. As simple as the prayer sounds, it is far-reaching.

So my friend, join me in always saying “God willing” and “by God’s grace” – they are two of the most powerful short prayers that I can recommend to anyone.

See what God’s Book says about this : “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.” (James 4:13-17) 

Also reflect on these:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psa 37:5)

“Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” (1 Sam 2:3)

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov 14:12)

GOD IS GOOD !!!

Thanks for your time.

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Promotion Comes From God…Not Man !

d-best-is-yet-to-com.jpgIn 2006, I applied for the post of a Manager of a company here in Lagos, Nigeria. I was put through verbal and written tests. I recall being asked to write an essay on Business Management. I did my best and left. I told God to have His way. I like praying like that a lot because “there is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”-(Prov 16:25).

Interestingly, the Assistant General Manager of the company turned out to be a graduate of my former school and also a graduate of Business Administration and Management, just like me. With these coincidence, I concluded that the job was actually mine.

It took a long time before I got a formal response from the company. And when I finally did, it was to have a discussion with the Managing Director. There, I heard a very stunning revelation.

Unknown to the AGM, the MD had already sighted my interview file, which included the essay I wrote and which he (the MD) was so impressed about. On his (MD’s) return, my file had disappeared. The AGM actually hid my file, probably to pave way for his own candidate. But the MD said when he threatened fire and brimstone, my hidden file surfaced !

My friend, I got the job ! In fact, a tussle ensued between this company and another that also wanted me. I felt like a hot cake 🙂

My story is common place – injustice and deprivations – all in the name of someone trying to prove that he or she is greater than God. What most “powerful” people always forget is that God is the begining and end of promotion. He has the power to switch positions in seconds. 1 Sam 16:1 says : “And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.” The AGM was actually fired eventually. He never thought things could happen so fast the way it did. But it did.

God does not look at size, age, academic qualification, years of experience or family background, when he wants to promote. Compare man and God here : “And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” – (1 Sam 16:6-7)

NO HUMAN BEING knows how God determines who to bless or promote. Sometimes his choice is the unimagineable. See what happened to Joseph before he became Governor in Egypt : “And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” – (Gen 39:20-21)

It is a very dangerous arrogance to question God’s choice. The AGM did it and was disgraced and fired. What about the scar he left on my mind! “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” – (Psa 75:6-7)

Forever man will be man; and God will be God !!!

“Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.”- (Ephe 3:7)

Thanks for your time.

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