Ten years ago in our village just a few number of homes had power lighting system. Them that had advanced had the solar system which meant that there would be no security lights as we are used to currently with the electricity connectivity available. Many homesteads used lanterns which did not produce enough light. Walking in darkness by then was not an issue because we were used to it. We had mastered all the roads and routes and it seemed normal. There were rare cases of missing on the roads or even collision with other people or cyclists. Darkness was part of us and we were used to it because it was the order of the day. Wait until electricity connectivity advanced.
The bible gives an explicit illustration whereby no one lights a lamp and hides it under a table. The light is placed on the topmost place so as to light to everyone who is within its reach. By so doing will its purpose have been realized. The presence of light means that darkness will not prevail and in it rarely will activities that ought to be operating will happen. We do not have the real face of an occurrence or item or anything else unless we subject it to light.
Life is full of ups and downs whereby one will go through caves, valleys tunnels and oceans of life amongst other whereby difficulties storm in our paths. In such moments there seems to be no hope, no pinch of it. In all these circumstances, there are always other option (shortcuts) which raise an enticing view of the easiness with which one can navigate through. At such a time one is torn apart in the route and avenue to advance in. no one longs for such a time but it however keeps on coming even when all options are good.
No one in their lives love darkness. We tend to avoid darkness in our lives all the time. But the truth is that the life of human being in their own capacities and strengths fail to overcome this phenomena. This is because we need light that comes from another source. There must be the aspect of sustainability from the source and longevity.
Jesus Christ got it all right when He said that He is the light unto the world. The world no longer is under darkness but light. However, this mystery is experienced by them who submit unto them that give themselves unto Him. He is Christ Jesus the Lord of Lords. How I discovered recently that I am even afraid to walk in darkness because visibility is tampered with, imagination is just overtaken and the mind ends up being bombarded with thought of how one can come from anywhere and attack you or even an animal. I dislike that state.
The truth is anyone who is in Christ have found the true treasure and value. Christ is the light and He said “While ye have the light, believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light.” This is the same appeal that is being made unto us. Till we have the light and work and walk towards its retention, we will always stumble. In the acceptance of this light, we become sons of light and we are in a capacity to become the light of the world. And in doing so, the heavenly father is glorified
by Ken Sammoh
Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”
The wording of the above paragraph derived from the Bible during a conversation between the Samaritan woman and Jesus at the well of Jacob. The fascinating thing is the point of address that the two come from. The woman was addressing it from the whole issue of the physical water while Jesus was offering something far much bigger than drinking water.
Is it not amazing how in our daily life we strife and struggle for material things and possessions? Don’t we in a way or the other discover that our heart do not necessarily get satisfied in this? Of course we do and that is when we realize we need to advance. Having all these possession is not a crime but the problem comes in when we turn them to be our gods or allow them to draw our attention from God. There is that wondrous treasure which we find the time we find Christ.
Jesus speaking to the woman said that he was in a capacity to give a satisfaction that would never end and out of her will flow a fountain of water springing up unto everlasting. This is a call that even we who have known Him need to keep on reminding ourselves about. Jesus is all in all which means that He satisfies in all ways. He told Jews that He is the true bread and he who eats of Him will never hunger again. At His table we eat and drink forever.
So my brother if the things that this world gives you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—
This bread, which is Jesus, does not come as inheritance from the ancestry, parents or assumption but it originates from a relationship with Him. It is unto them that will accept Him as the Lord and Saviour of their lives that will experience the newness and the refreshment of Him. His cross keeps on reminding us that He paid the cost that nothing else could have paid. The Christian in the John Bunyan’s book, “pilgrim’s Progress” explains how new he became and how a new robe was given unto him after his luggage has been taken off him. At such a moment, the words that would run through the mind would be:
Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole
-Gospel of John 4 & 6
-Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
-Fill my cup, Lord … hymn by Richard Blanshard
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Man is a worshipper. That is an inherent part of human beings. We can all agree though some will contest this for one reason or another. To worship is to give reverence to. This can be done knowingly or unknowingly, directly or indirectly. However the big question will not be on how but the item of reverence upon which the worship is being attributed to.
There are various items of worship as well as persons as well as systems amongst other. They include work, money, riches, wealth, wife, property, children, career, relationship, erotomania, hedonism, etc. additionally, god and gods are attributed to worship. In the act of worship, we are seeking the inner satisfaction. This then leads to the next question: where does my inner satisfaction come from?
One author hit the nail on the head when he stated, “when ones object of worship is finished, there is no other reason for living. ” Having this in mind, the psalmist had it when he said that many trust in chariots while others in horses and to add some have also trusted in their strengths amongst others. But the sincere confession is that these do not give satisfaction which leaves man craving and wondering for more satisfaction.
The Christian faith, founded on the BIBLICAL teachings, gives us a more satisfying solution with a chain of examples. Job was a man who was entitled to wealth, riches and possessions, wife and children but there is no one time when his heart and worship shifted from God. This is well illustrated by the myriad of events and occurrences that surrounds his life yet he remains unshakable. In the midst of this he finds the audacity to reverence God.
David had it right when he ascertains to us how worth it is when we remain rooted in the worship of Jehovah. He states that we rise and stand upright. If the trust will be anchored on materialism, it then means that the vanishing of these material will interpret to the vanishing on the god which means that there will be nothing to live for.
This does not then mean that all is lost. There is one person upon whom when we attribute our worship to Him we are warranted of the satisfaction we seek. He is the firm foundation, the rock of ages and the ancient one who goes beyond time. His name is Jehovah the eternal-living-God. Anyone who comes to Him is never rejected and accepting Him gives us the privilege of dining at His table. When we find Him, we are settled and our restlessness is done away with. His brook flows with eternal satisfaction and brings new life to us. It is a matter of taking a step of faith and a bold one and committing our lives to Him. His name is Jesus Christ whose hands are always open to receive anyone who calls unto Him. Jesus the all in all.
-the book of Job
– John 3:16-17
by Ken Sammoh