Put Your Trust And Confidence In God…Not Man

Few weeks ago, something “funny” happened in my place of residence. Robbers had a field day on the jeep of a neigbour of mine, in the midnight of that fateful day. They removed almost everything detachable from the body of the vehicle. All this while, the alarm system which was supposed to “secure” the vehicle did not go off. It was at the tail end of the robbery, when the owner of the vehicle came out and challenged them, that the alarm went off. They all escaped with their loot.

In another incident, a very rich man built high walls around his house, obviously to keep himself and his family “safe.” His gate was huge. These were complimented by security men. However, these did not prevent his home from being attacked. How? The robbers simply waited for someone to come out through the gate, and at gun point, escorted her back into the compound. All forms of security failed on that day.

What about the man who “fortified” himself and his home with charms from a supposedly powerful witch doctor and ended up dying an untimely death together with his “god.”

How do you see a man who puts his life and the lives of every member of his family into the hands of his driver and car. “I trust my wonderful driver and car” he says. They went out and were involved in a ghastly accident. No one survived !!!

Still, imagine a body guard who turns around to kill the same person he was supposed to protect !

On a larger scale, governments at all levels, all over the world, keep trying their best everyday to protect our lives and properties. But you and I know the reality on ground.

I could go on and on and on….

My journey through life has made me not to have faith in man-made security. Why? Man has failed sooo many times. Man has his limits. He tries very hard to provide security within his limited knowlege, power and resources. This is the main reason why man will forever provide what I chose to call FAILURE-PRONE SECURITY. This is exactly what we have today !!!

Along the line I came across what has become a part of me for for so long. It’s in Psalm 127:1. It says : “…except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” This has formed the basis of my prayers on security ever since I discovered it.

It follows that the alarm, high walls, guns, security men and similar forms of security will have greater efficacy if God is involved in the “security arrangement.” Interestingly, what we have is a total trust and confidence in man and man-made security. The result is what we have today.

So, if you seek my opinion, I’d say put security measures in place. Sure. That’s cool. But remember that “…except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

May the mercies and grace of God continually keep us safe.

Thanks for your time 🙂

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Praying Your Way Through In An Unsafe World

Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Pastor E.A. Adeboye

I just had a discussion with a colleague over the wicked and sinful world in which we now find ourselves. We now live a world where the devil is wrecking so much havoc on per second basis. There is hardly a country today without its own fair share of bad news. My beloved country is not excluded. These days, it seems that all the media houses are thriving on bad news – satanic attacks, bomb blasts, suicide bombings, wars, armed robbery, rape, flooding, earth quakes, assassinations, murder, incest, plane crashes, gun attacks in schools……..One then begins to wonder how to survive each passing day with so much evil out there.

Governments all over the world have failed to keep us safe. In some countries it is even the government that is killing its own people. On our own and in the alternative, we have done so many things to stay safe. Some have even resorted to the occult. But the rampaging of the devil and his disciples continues unabated – sucking blood and spreading sorrow !!!

As it is, the only way out is to cleave to the unfailing source of security; the ultimate power that swallows up other powers; the God of gods and the Lord of lords and the one who has delivered me (and I belief you too) from the “mouth of the lion” countless times. His protection seems to be the most reliable these days, as every other means and source of protection and security have failed us big time.

Thus, these days, we need to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessa 5:17). We need to commit each day into God’s hands. Thus, “in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”(Prov 3:6 says).

And at night, we need to acknowledge and give Him praises for a job well done through out the day because “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation”(Exodus 15:13).

And before we sleep we need to ask him for the mercies of the night because “…except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain”. (Psalm 127:1). He’s ever waiting for our prayers. He does not charge consultation fees. He does not discriminate. He is not like man who sleeps even while watching over us. He is not like man who turns around to kill the person he is watching over. He knows everything that is going to happen. He does not require you to sacrifice a family member or to shed blood before he can protect you. He is awesomely magnanimous. He is, and would for ever be my prefered source of security and protection.

A prayerless life is an easy catch for the devil and his disciples. A life without God is like having eyeballs without eyelids. It is like a crawling baby on a very busy road. Pray…ceaselessly !

God bless us all.

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