During the week, I almost missed the mid-week service. By the time I got to church, it was obvious the service was coming to a close but gracefully, it didn’t end until I got there, and not until the minister of God shared an illustration to describe how lackadaisical we could be as Christians when it comes to our expectation from God and how we ask Him into our affairs. The man of God shared.
“There was a Christian man in his living room doing his thing, and then came a loud bang on the door. When the man opened the door, the devil was there standing in his door way. He tried to close the door against him but couldn’t do so in time. The devil bounced on him, wrestled him till he was gasping for breath. He tried so hard and eventually was able to push the devil away from his door and immediately slammed the door short. He breathes heavily and angrily, wondering where Jesus was at that moment when he needed Him. He couldn’t understand how or why Jesus would ignore him at such time when the devil tormented his life.
While he was still panting, obviously angry and displeased, a soft knock came through the door again. He adjusted himself, more determinedly and ready for the devil this time. O, he was ready to fight this battle and win. He walked to the door, slowly and cautiously turned the door knob, and strategically flung the door wide open with the intention to attack the devil first than wait to be on defence when the devil attack. Just about when he would do this, he stopped himself from throwing the first blow when he realized it was Jesus. He was relieved at first and immediately wore an angry face. He went back into his living room and Jesus followed. He asked Him where He was when the devil attacked. They both sat on the sofa and he complained to Jesus over again, he felt abandoned when he needed him most, he felt neglected and………….. another loud bang on the door.
The man got up to open the door, more confidently knowing Jesus was behind him, in his own house. Just as he opened the door, the beating of his life started. The devil showed him peppe than the oil in the soup; the beating was more than the earlier time. He managed to push him out again and jammed his door fast. Oh, this time he was furious. He told Jesus he tried to understand He didn’t show up the first time when he needed Him, how about now that He was around. The man paced in his living room, unsure of what to do or say but couldn’t help but ask Jesus why He never even got up from the sofa. Profoundly, Jesus asked him “did you ask me to come and help you when you were in distress with the devil”. This made him stopped pacing; gently he sat down, thinking and wishing he had thought of that.
Then again, Bang! Bang!! Bang!!! The noise through the door filtered in the third time. He didn’t even bother to get up, he looked straight at Jesus and said to him “Jesus, please help me.” Jesus got up, walked to the door, opened it and no one was there.”
Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
And God already said in Mattew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” and in Exodus 14:14 that “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
2 chronicle 20:17 “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
You see, all God need you to do is open your mouth and ask for His help, He is positioned to help you any day or night. He is always willing and ready to be there for you. He is your father, can never fail you. Ask and don’t assume, be specific in your request.
God is always good.
Be inspired, Be more………..