By Pr Michael Kintu
We are in a season where everyone is wondering what is coming next. How do we get back on track after the trying times?
The Bible has answers to such questions and many more. We see Scriptures that point to the fact that at one moment, we will go through trying times:
“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity” (Proverbs 24:16).
“These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33), James 1:2-4.
The Bible is very clear on the kind of attitude we should have in times of trials.
It says we need to rejoice, be cheerful and should always be ready to raise up again each time we fall.
It is folly to think that tough times will not come to us, but it is great wisdom to always prepare our minds to respond when they come.
Stop giving excuses
I remember an interesting story we used to share a few years ago.
I was working for a non-governmental organization that operated in Luwero.
This area had suffered in the early 1980s because of the bush war. Consequently, they were very improvised and lagged behind in almost everything.
This is why many NGOs were attracted to the area. Unfortunately, even after 20 years of rebuilding and trainings, most families did not have food and sustainable household income.
Asked why this was so, the answer was puzzling: “Don’t you know that the war started around here and we lost everything!”
Perfect excuse, isn’t it? This is when I personally realized that if you do not arise to do something about your situation, then nothing will change even when it is God’s will for things to change.
In the study of science and physics in particular we have a law called Newton’s first law:
“An object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force.” This tendency to resist changes in a state of motion is inertia.
There is an amazing story in 2Kings 6 and 7, about four lepers who were greatly used of God to turn around the fortunes of an entire nation.
It so happened that Israel had been surrounded by the Assyrians and cut off from everything.
Things were so bad that people went to an extent of eating their own children. But the lepers went out to face the Syrians, and God was with them.
“And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there.
“For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army” (2 Kings 5-6).
When they found no one at the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it.
This is my take from this incredible story of unusual courage and great faith:
- God can use any body any time anywhere.
- With God there is no situation too bad that He cannot pull us out. He is the God of the impossible.
- God is always looking for somebody to use. Our availability is everything.
- God moves when we move.
- God always has people depending on your breakthrough. The question is imagine you had been appointed the leader of those disadvantaged lepers, would you have led them the same way?
The answer to the question is the exact solution for your situation today.
You need to arise and consider your pros and cons and count the cost of not being proactive today.
You must believe that God is always in your future and calling you forward. Everyone that is doing something worthwhile is dealing with the same fear and apprehension you are dealing with and so much more.
Now is your turn to cease the moment and act on the opportunities standing before you and be sure they will not last that long.
Choose to become a very decisive person, and testimonies will trail your path in Jesus name.
Have a blessed day.
The writer is the lead pastor at House of Revival Church, Kisasi