Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.
(1 Samuel 1:7 NLT)
Then she took Esau’s favorite clothes, which were there in the house, and gave them to her younger son, Jacob.
(Genesis 27:15 NLT))
In childhood, we ate jointly in the same bowl five
Five of us: big and small, firstborn to the last born.
We dined every other night. It was mother’s idea.
She thought by that we would remain as one.
Forever as one as a family.
Now she ought to look back to see how united we are
Are we at all?
In childhood we worn identical clothes.
Mother sew us different styles with colourful material dresses
Of silk, organza, lace and all you can name.
She said we must not forget that we are brothers and sisters.
By goodness. What was she thinking?
Now as I look back
I wonder whether at all,
She’s indeed raised up closely knit children,
“All Israel shall mourn for him and bury him; for he alone of Jeroboam’s family shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something pleasing to the Lord, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam.” 1 kings 14:13
If you read the entire chapter 14 of 1 kings, you will discover how Abijah, son of Jeroboam fell sick, and Jeroboam instructed his wife to disguise herself and go to Prophet Ahijah to inquire about the health of their son, and how the Prophet revealed the woman’s true identity even before she stepped into the prophet’s house.
Then this was followed by Prophet Ahijah’s prediction concerning Jeroboam and his family. God granted Abijah a honourable death, and burial and memorial mourning, which all Israel did for him.
The bible says, none of Jeroboam’s family will die naturally because of his numerous sins BUT God remembered Abijah and there is no doubt here that among all the family members of Jeroboam, Abijah must have followed God with his entire heart.
Yes, the boy died but he did not die mercilessly like the rest of his family. He died normally, and was buried and all Israel mourned him.
If you read the verse again, you will notice this precious words; “…. because in him there is found something pleasing to the Lord, the God of Israel…” That means Abijah served God throughout his life!
He died, not paying for the sins of his father. I bet God removed the boy earlier on away from his family so that he would not experience any of the punishments set out for Jeroboam, who failed to serve God but worship false gods, burnt incense, bow down to lifeless images, which he believed would save him.
Many of us Christians do not see the emergency when it comes to us teaching our children about God. I would like to understand this, and that is, Christianity is not just meant for you and you alone. It involves your family members too. If you are a parent, then you have the emergency responsibility to lead your children in the ways of the Lord.
Apart from this, do not be so indulge in your sinful ways and by this influence your children as well. You are hold responsible for what happen to them. You are in charge of their wellbeing and for this, you must show them the ways of God. Tell them about the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Make them know that God exists and teach them about the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Jeroboam was a bad parent, yet his son, Abijah, chose not to follow his father’s footstep. The boy must have been shown God’s instructions right from when he was young and he lived by it until his death.
I still remind you, nothing is of emergency responsibility to you presently than to raise your children in the ways of God. You may never know the effect of this at the moment until generation after generation of yours exist years on that the effect of what you teach them would show.
Do not be a bad parent like Jeroboam; instead, make it your profound duty to nurture your children with love, and divine laws of our Lord.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.” Romans 15:5
There is no doubt that a house divided against itself, shall fall. When there is no unity among believers, then there will be strife. There is much chaos going on in the church of God and among believers these days and they look as if the discords are meant to destabilise the people of God.
When we are in the church, and we envy one another, or we are jealous of each other, or we talk endlessly against another brethrens, then there won’t be peace.
God calls us so that we can partake in His glory, to live out our entire lives for Him, to be different in everything we do so that people can differentiate us from the unbelievers.
But when we do not show that we truly are Christians, but we go on showing and behaving like the unbelievers, then what happened to the image of Christ in our lives?
We need unity to conquer the world. And for this, we must pray, pray and pray at all times to God to help us, to gives us the unity we need to live our Christian life.
There is no need living for the downfall of other. We don’t gain anything in wishing bad or evil to our fellow brothers. We must unite, love, and cherish one another.
God gives us this assignment for His own glory and honour, so that the entire world will come to Him through us.
Make it your earnest duty to bring peace to the lives of your fellow Christians, to love them, to support them, to make it openly known to them that you are indeed for Christ and not the other way round.
“But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die — there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!” Ruth 1:16-17
It takes extreme faithfulness and commitment for someone to do just as the Biblical Ruth did, with her mother-in-law, Naomi.
It is true that these days, many mothers-in-law, are catastrophes, and unfriendly to be with. In fact, many wives are not in nice relationship with their mothers-in-law, not because they choose to but they don’t just get along.
The case of Ruth and Naomi, is such beautiful one that went deeper, and created solid relationship that lasted throughout the generations, even until now. If you go back to the history, you will see that Ruth was in the lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ruth was a wonderful woman, someone who loved everyone and not selfish, I mean just thinking about her own family. She lost her husband, but she stayed so firm by Naomi, and not deserted the old woman. Orpah, her sister-in-law, and wife to either late Mahlon or Chilion, gave up and returned to her family, probably to married someone else, and to start a new life.
But Ruth was determined. There was no doubt she’d loved her late husband. Now that man was gone, Ruth saw no hope in abandoning her mother-in-law, nor the life she’d created with her late husband. She wanted to maintain that family even without the man.
And above all, she loved Naomi! And she remained faithful to the old woman. Naomi, seeing how her daughter-in-law insisted, did not push her further but accepted her. It was Naomi who joined Ruth and Boaz together as man and wife.
As result of Ruth’s faithfulness, Naomi did all she could, instructed Ruth on what to do to get closer and be friendly with Boaz. Without the love between both women, nothing would have been successful.
This showed the love, the faithfulness and the bond. When you are faithful to someone, and this is genuine, of course, more blessings will flow your way.
Faithfulness does not just end anyhow. It goes across the spheres, to being you multiple blessings, such that you never imagine. This is why you must come to understand that you need faithfulness in your relationship with God. The Lord is faithful to you in every way. And the evidences of this, you see in how He protects you, bless you, promote you, heal you, provides for you.
So why can’t you reciprocate His faithfulness in your life? Why do you have to remain unfaithful to Him buy serving your own consciousness? Do you think your life is worth it that you should play hanky-panky game with God?
If you are faithful to God as He is to you, then you are in for a life of abundant grace, blessings, and lots and lots of happiness.
Make it your duty to remain faithful to God!
“All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.” Ephesians 2:3
There is no Christian today, who has not passed through former stage, I mean former life, where he lives in the flesh, do all in the ways of the world. We all have different stories of how we come to God.
Our redemption stories are different. In fact, some don’t remember anymore how it all begins. By accident; some people found themselves in the midst of believers and by the intervention of the Holy Spirit they are saved. There are some who willingly and freely decided they must henceforth follow Christ. Some have known Christ but they are not stable in their faith, and thus they go and on off until one day, their lives changed and they focused now on God. And this may be funny, but there are some who are forced to know God.
No matter how we all come to know God, I thank God for we all are under the same body, under the same anointing, and serving the same God.
Though I have a very strong Muslim background, I was born into a Christian home. Thank God for my mother! It was easy as she hailed from Christian home, and all my siblings are Christians. My father never practised Islamic. And he did not force his faith on his parents or siblings. He is just different. Everyone used to say my mother converted him but I don’t think so. I grew up going to church with him. Today, his entire life is consecrated in serving Christ.
I studied Bible extensively while in schools and personally. None of us in my house can avoid reading or learning the Bible, because my mother will not permit that. She is a strict disciplinarian.
In spite of my deeper knowledge in the word of God, the youth craziness, the will to be part of the society, to belong, to check out everything, to manipulate and those nasty stuffs those days, just took over me. I still attended church, even changing churches at intervals as I relocated but I must confess, I hardly knew God, then.
Those days, there is this solid mentality that anyone who goes to church is a believer, a Christian who knows God and I believed this so much. I can quote and argue from Genesis to Revelation with anyone who dared.
Until that moment of grace, that beautiful day when Christ came, and told me: “Princess, enough is enough.” Since then, I never looked back. Of course, there have been of failings but it’s no more like the past.
The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8: 9 “For by Grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God —not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”
When the Grace of God is upon your life, believe me, the rhythm of your life will completely be different because you will no longer be singing the old songs but a new one, directly from the heart of Christ.
It is God’s grace that leads me and brings me to God today, otherwise, I would have been lost, and maybe I would have ended my life mercilessly.
What about you? Are you under the Grace of God or not?
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Apart from this, the bible makes us to understand that you are worse off than ordinary believers. Does this makes any sense to you?
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