God, Thanksgiving and Security

I will narrate a personal testimony in this write up to support the indisputable fact that God is the provider of flawless security.  Back home in Nigeria, I worked and lived in a town located within the potentially prosperous but appallingly neglected and poverty stricken oil producing region (the Niger Delta).  The town was infested with all shades of criminals including armed robbers and at a time, almost all the people that I know there had been robbed and all of them had terrible stories to tell.  We were not spared.  At about 1.30am one day, a gang of about ten (10) fierce looking, marijuana smoking, noisy and fully armed robbers invaded our residence and from the outset, it was clear that they came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).  Initially, they tried all they could to gain entrance into our house by force but they failed in their bid nevertheless, they persisted.  Then in a split second, I remembered Jesus Christ and some of his earth shaken miracles especially the ones that he performed after giving thanks to God.  For example, I remembered that he gave thanks to God before raising Lazarus up from the tomb (John 11:1-44) and before feeding four thousand people with seven loaves and fish (Mathew 15:32-39). 

Armed with above accounts, my wife and I joined our hands together and we gave thanks to God before asking him to rescue us.   Our prayer was short and it went thus: ‘’Father we thank you because each time we call on you, you answer us.  Today, save us from the cruel hands of these armed robbers and let their invasion end right now in Jesus name.  Amen’’.  Then we sat down on our bed and waited patiently for God to act.  In next to no time, one of the robbers told his comrades in a subdued but determined voice that he was no longer interested in the robbery operation because according to him, we were up to something sinister and that a palpably frightening power which he wasn’t ready to confront, was backing us.  Some other members of the gang also supported him and before we knew what was happening, all of them fled from our compound in disarray thus confirming Deuteronomy 28:7 which says:  “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.  With thanks, we trusted God for our security and he did not disappoint us.  To him be all glory, honour and adoration in Jesus name.  Amen.

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At the moment, our world is full of insecurity as demonstrated by gangsterism, terrorism, wars, natural disasters, economic crunch, worrisome health alerts etc.  Nobody is sure of anything anymore and governments all over the world are doing everything possible to put things right all to no avail.  What then should we do as children of God? I believe this is the most auspicious time for us to turn our attention to God more than ever before since it is apparent that no human intervention can bail us out successfully.  We should sincerely pray to him to stretch his infallible security to cover our lives and the lives of our loved ones, our health, properties, jobs; ministries, businesses, savings, mortgages, pensions etc prevailing global situations notwithstanding and he will. Remember that his security apparatus towers well above ours and the Psalmist attested to this fact in Psalm 127:1 where he said:  ’’Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain’’.

We relied on God’s sound security in time of grave danger to our lives and properties and he did not disappoint us.  He will not disappoint you too in Jesus name.  However, the attitude of thanksgiving as espoused by Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:6 is very essential in this business.   In the passage, he said: ‘’Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;’’.  As from today; make it a routine to give quality thanks to God before presenting your requests to him.  He will definitely surprise you at some point in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

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