What Would You Do?
King Sunny Ade (KSA) said in one of his songs that “Olorun be, bi tati jo, awa la o sin Baba bi tati jo” (Meaning: God still exist like the days of old, we are the ones not serving him like our fathers did back then).
Why did he say this?
Growing up, I heard people say phrases like ‘the God of old is quick to answer, but the present God is slow to action‘. It is likely that it is phrases like this that prompted him to sing about it in order to draw peoples attention away from what they see to what really is.
This song by KSA came to mind in the middle of the night and I thought, with the way we serve God nowadays with majority of Christians putting Scientist, Doctors and common/ general knowledge before the word of God, how then do we handle the things God did in time past if he were to repeat such.
I remember sharing a post on Instagram during the ebola crisis in Lagos quoting the book of Psalms (Psalm 91) about how God will protect us even if we trample on serpent but then, a ‘Christian’ brother took offence and started quoting chemistry, physics and the WHO ebola report, telling me that ebola is not a case of being a Christian and a born again. He even told me about the Christian US doctor that contacted the disease while taking care of others.
I could feel the anger in him as I read one of his comments stating that ‘I have been brainwashed by the Pastors’, he even accused me of ‘brainwashing others’ and not knowing the true words of God. After trying to make him see things beyond what humans have found out in science with no success, I dropped my phone and said a word of prayer to God concerning his believe, the US doctor and Nigeria.
This attitude is the same everywhere. Christians seem not to believe the word of God wholeheartedly like our fathers did in time past.
Abraham is a good example. God promised him a child at the age of 75, a child from his aged wife. If it were to happen today, will you believe a 75 year old man with an aged wife who is above menopause be able to conceive? Yet Abraham had to wait for 25 years till he was 100 years old before his wife conceived.
The one story I always try to imagine how we will react to is the story of the birth of Christ. The bible says,
“This was how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married, she found out that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was a man who always did what was right, but he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly; so he made plans to break the engagement privately. While he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. For it is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived. She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus—because he will save his people from their sins.”
~Matthew 1:18-21 (GNT)
If you were to be in Joseph’s shoe, what would you do? Or if your brother finds himself in this situation, what will you advise him to do? Will you think the angle that appeared to him is of the devil or a manipulating spirit trying to trick you/ him into accepting what is not yours/ his?