When a terrible thing happens, human beings are quick to erroneously conclude that it is a case of hopelessness and wrap it up fast that the end of the road has come. As a follow up to that, occurrence of a bad event brings out the identity of real friends because when things are good or when one occupies a position of influence or benefit, litany of ‘friends’ hover around the ‘corridors of power’ but when an untoward thing happens, those ‘friends’ are very quick to condemn, destroy, malign and of course ‘borrow the feet of an hare’.
It is however instructive to note that besides the fact that God uses bad times to unveil true friends, He many times uses trials as an ingress to launch His children to a higher level (Romans 8:28). He is the One that can “… make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:19). In John 12:24, Jesus Christ said that before a seed can yield lots of fruits, it must first die. At that point of temporal death, it is normal for friends to ‘show their true colours’, while honest friends stand to provide understanding and support, insincere friends bring out their sublime nature, speak vile words and even elope thinking that it has ended. Job, in his moment of ‘death’, experienced same with his wife and trusted allies respectively. When things were good with Job, his wife and friends were there to fellowship with him and enjoy the goodies of his blessings. The moment things turned aslant with him however, his wife asked him to curse God but his friends sat with him, sprinkled dust on their heads and mourned with him. ( Job 2:9-13). After their true personalities have been fully revealed, the Almighty God, who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us (Isaiah 49:15-16) restored Job such that his latter end was better than his beginning. ( Job 42:12-16, 8:7).
Beloved in Christ, there is no end of the road with God. In Job 14:7-8 God Promised that, “… there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground”. God promised in verse 9 that, “.. through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.” There is surely no bad case with God. The Almighty God who with a command released life to the rotten flesh and bones of Lazarus who was dead for four days can do anything (John 11:39-44; Luke 1:37).
Have you lost your benefactor or your marriage is on the brink of complete breakdown?; have you lost your job or you are on the verge of losing it?; is it that your close friends have turned against you like Job or you are terribly sick and doctors have even lost hope of your recovery like the woman with the issue of blood? (Mk. 5:25-34); are you in debt and there is no way of redeeming your indebtedness like the wife of the deceased son of the prophet? (2 Kings 4:1-7); or, is your life bent such that things aren’t going well with you, like that afflicted woman and you are the subject of demeaning comments among friends? (Luke 13:11-13); are you being haunted by the society that you are getting past the age of marriage or conception or there is none to help you like the man by the pool of Bethesda? (John 5:1-9).
The word of God to you at such a time is that He “….will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel……. And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord (Ezekiel 37:12-14). When God visits your valley of dry bones, not only will you live but all your entitlements shall be returned to you. (Psalm 126:1).
What you need to do to enjoy His power of restoration is to destroy the membership card and all alliances you have with the devil, his agents and sin; and change to Jesus’ side, make a commitment not to go back to your past ways, identify with Him openly, allow your walk, work and talk to tally with His and then call His attention to what you are passing through. As He lives who never fails, you shall arise and shine; God will bring your light out and His glory shall be risen upon you, darkness of the earth and gross darkness of the people shall not have dominion over your life again. When God has finished with you, unbelievers shall see your light and take direction cum coverage from your light. Not only that, you shall be so important that Kings and rulers shall regard you as a very important person in the society- Halleluyah! ( Isaiah 60:1-3 paraphrased.).
Prayers: Oh Lord, breathe upon my dry bones during this season and restore all my lost grounds, in Jesus’ name.