He comes to you for a job
But you call him a worthless pig,
Hopeless and without a place in this world
And He bears it all without saying a word
You come to his backyard to farm
And he asks for a portion of the produce
But you call him a greedy robber
Yet, he bears it all without saying a word
One time, you meet him at a dinner
And you ask to be placed at a different table
You say that his mouth odour was like the smell of faeces
But he bears it all without saying a word
Your thugs enjoy beating him
One night they beat him till he can’t move
The tears flow freely from his shattered heart
All without him saying a word
Then you decide to go for the big kill
You murder his mother and sister in cold blood
You tell the world that they were evil people
And that they never deserved to live
He will come for you at night and set your house on fire
And you will perceive the aroma of your wife’s flesh
You will survive only to be shot from his pistol
“I never thought you could this,” you mutter as you die
But the truth is that he couldn’t do it before you came
You built a monster, one act at a time
He never said a word because he waited for your apology
And you said all the words, all, but the right ones
© Eleazar Maduka, 2017
I sit confused on the pew and my ears can’t believe the words coming out of the large speakers. I turn my head just in time to catch the ludicrous smile that forms on the face on the man sitting next to me. I want to ask why he is smiling, but I figure out that I might be seen as rude. It is my first time in church and I don’t know how things work here. I try my best to act normal, but I can’t. The lady sitting at my other side notices my discomfort. She puts her hand on my arm and asks gently, “Is everything okay, brother?” I look into her lovely eyes and, with the escape of a tear, say, “I was told to run towards the Light. The Book said to flee from the wrath to come.” Her incredulous look makes me feel like I had said something strange, as though I had spoken in a strange tongue.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a quote by popular British humorist and author, Erma Bombeck. She had been asked what she would have done differently had she the opportunity to live her life over again. After reading her reply, I couldn’t help but imagine how our lives would be remarkably different if we all thought about what we would like to have at the end of our lives and not just about what we want now.
It has oft been said that the man who lies at his deathbed doesn’t smile at how much he has acquired — the cars, houses, degrees, etc — things he would leave behind. Rather, he basks in simple thought of the lives he has touched, revels in the joy gotten from the relationships he built and sustained all through his life, and the impact he would have made on earth.
Yes! It’s that time of the year again. It’s time to get your pen and book ready as we await fresh prophecies from several men of God. If you’re in Nigeria, then don’t bother getting any book. Why? Because you’ll most probably exhaust the book with prophecies and not be done. Or your fingers will grow numb after the first 20 pages.
Are prophecies wrong? Oh, no! They’re not. Prophecies are meant to help us know the path to follow. Well, if any word is from God, then that word must be able to guide His people in any dispensation or age. Are prophecies necessary? Yes, they are. If the Giver hasn’t stopped giving, why should the receiver ask if the gift is necessary? As long as the gift blesses the receiver and the Giver chooses not to stop giving, then I guess we should all enjoy the gift.
However, so many have made it a habit of pursuing prophecies for every New Year. Are they wrong to pursue prophecies? No, they’re not. If prophecies are not wrong, then it shouldn’t be wrong for those whom the prophecies are meant for to receive them. They are free gifts. Gifts are meant to be enjoyed. But when only these prophecies guide us, then we are of all men most miserable.
The last thing that a believer should seek to get as 2016 draws to a close is the usual New Year prophecies. Am I against prophecy guiding believers? No, I’m not. In fact, I believe that there are certain moves of God that will never take place without a word of prophecy going forth. You can see that all through scriptures. Whenever something big is coming, God sends prophets. Prophets help prepare the hearts of the people for the future. They are the town criers. They are responsible for informing the entire community of what’s coming.
Should we then, as believers, neglect our own altars and rely solely on these prophecies? No. If you plan of waiting for prophecies to begin to roll out from big ministries in the next few days and want to plan your 2017 based on those prophecies, then you’re not ready for the New Year. These prophecies are not for you! Have you ever received any New Year prophecy bearing your name? Whenever these prophecies come, they usually come for a territory, a group or a nation. So, if I wait patiently for these prophecies, and do nothing else but wait, then I’m not ready for the New Year.
One can listen to a prophecy and understand where one fits. That’s how we should listen to prophecies. Truth be told, over 70% of the prophecies that you’ll see will probably have nothing whatsoever to do with you. So, why do we wait for them as though they are God’s blueprint for our lives? They come to guide a specific territory. We, however, need guidance for our lives.
In a time as this, there is no better prophecy to receive than that which comes directly from God to us. Yes, if He’s interested in guiding a people, group or nation, then He’s interested in guiding you. He treats one just as He treats all. So many believers don’t recognize that God is waiting for them to come for directions. He is! Take your eyes of the territorial prophecies and receive your word from God!
The coming days are very important days. They are days that should be full of prayer and planning. Get those knees bent and start praying! Get that book out and start planning! No man of God will do that for you. It`s your life and you must plan how it goes. Rely on His guidance as you plan for the New Year.
So, what exactly is my prophecy for the New Year? It`s simple. I present a quote from one of my favorite authors, Clive Staples Lewis: “The duty of planning tomorrow’s work is today’s duty; though its material is borrowed from the future, the duty, like all duties, is in the Present.”
Start planning! The year is full of so much blessings and goodness. The man who plans today will eat tomorrow till he can eat no more.
Happy new year, folks!
© Eleazar Maduka, 2016