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God’s Eternal Perspective

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March 13, 2023

Sometimes it takes Millenia for a retrospective assessment to show an inkling of what came out of an event — Pastor Sam Oyeyinka

Story One: Genesis 14:14–20 (NLT)

When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with them at Dan. There he divided his men and attacked during the night. Kedorlaomer’s army fled, but Abram chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives. After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High,[a] brought Abram some bread and wine. Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing:

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.

Now, let’s read the above scripture like we were in Abraham’s time, and we are independent observers watching the event in REAL TIME.

Lot is captured, and Abraham is given the update. Abraham had an army already trained in his household, so he mobilized them. Abraham chases Lot’s Capturer (Kedorlaomer), that had already gone ahead of him and caught up with him, then he attacks Kedorlaomer’s army and frees Lot and his possessions and all the women and other captives.

Now reading it from this view,

Who did the chasing? Abraham.

Who recovered the goods? Abraham.

Who did the rescuing? Abraham.

Why would you say, Abraham? Because that is what we can see.

On encountering Melchizedek (you can call it the Melchizedekirization of things), he (Melchizedek) gives a different perspective. He said it was God who had delivered Abraham’s enemies into his hand (vs 20). Guess what! Abraham didn’t even argue; he concurred and even gave a tithe of all.

Story Two: (2 Kings 7:1–20)

Four men with leprosy say to themselves, “We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.”

On getting to the camp of the Arameans, they found no one. The Arameans had abandoned everything. The four lepers, after sorting themselves, decided to share the good news with the people of Israel. After taking their time to verify the validity of the lepers’ claim, the leaders of Israel gave Israel the update — the people of Israel plundered the Aramean’s camp.

Now, let’s invite our independent observers back and ask them what happened. Let them explain to us what just happened here. If they keep researching, they might find something physical to hinge the situation upon.

The backend Story though was that Prophet Elisha had given a word that

By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver(vs 1b)

And God had

caused the Aramean army to hear the clatter of speeding chariots and the galloping of horses and the sounds of a great army approaching. “The king of Israel has hired the Hittites and Egyptians[d] to attack us!” they cried to one another. So they panicked and ran into the night, abandoning their tents, horses, donkeys, and everything else, as they fled for their lives. (vs 6–7)

In essence, I am saying that you might not have seen God come down and do “anything” if you are observing using your senses. But if you see the backend and choose to discern God’s perspective on the matter, you would have taken note (as the writer of 2 Kings did) that Prophet Elisha had given a Word (vs 1) and that the Lord had caused confusion in the Camp of the Arameans (Vs 6–7).

I would have explored other stories, but the above two scriptures capture the focus of my contemplations today, and I would stick with them.

Sometimes we explain away the workings of God in our lives because we don’t discern His Hands in them. You might think that it was you that did what you did UNTIL God chooses to write His perspective on that same story, and then you are shocked.

  • The Lepers in Samaria — helping to actualize God’s word given by the Prophet Elisha.
  • The Lepers in Samaria — helping to actualize God’s word given by the Prophet Elisha.
  • God giving Abraham’s enemy into his hand (Gen 14:20)
  • Joseph sold into Egypt as a slave — Was God sending a man ahead (Psalms 105:17)
  • David encountered a destiny moment even though he was actually sent on an errand by his father (1 Samuel 17:17–40),
  • Caesar Augustus calls for a Census, and this helped fulfill the prophecy written about 700 years ago that Christ would be born in Bethlehem. Etc.

You mean that the job I got by acing all the rigorous interview process, it wasn’t my preparation that got me that Job? 😱😳

Comrade, you get the drift exactly. It was God that gave it to you.

You may not see God’s hand in the situation through the whole spectrum of the event, but if “Melchizedek” should appear to you and show you the backend, you would find out that what you actually thought was your doing 💯 was actually God leading you all through the process. This seems like a good time to say create a “Melchizedek system” in your life that makes you acknowledge God in things that look like you achieved by yourself.

Yes, God is involved in both situations that seem as though you did everything all by yourself (Genesis 14:14–20), as He is also involved in the situation where a Prophetic word was given (2 Kings 7).

What’s the purpose of my writing — God is leading a Righteous person (supernaturally, casually & strategically). It may not be obviously obvious😌 but without controversy, it is TRUE.

God can use the intercession of a believer in Kagoro, Kaduna, to interfere in a situation in Brisbane, Australia, that would cause a Politician that was on vacation there to introduce a policy when he/she returns to their home country (say, Canada) that would, in turn, bless Students in West Africa.

God has an overarching theme — He is writing our stories, and the story He is writing about us plays its role in the story He has been writing from the foundations of the earth. God sees all. He has full perspective — not just across our timeline but across eternity.

This is one of the reasons we give thanks.

We don’t have full perspective — Only God does, but a righteous man is being led by God per time.

📍 So,

Walk in love

Let the Fruit of The Holy Spirit find expression in you.

Be found responsible and Accountable.

Do that Course to optimise your Productivity.

Evaluate your motives.

Be bold; ask her Out.

Pray for your Leaders.

Speak peace to Your Country’s Wall.

Pray for your Pastor.

Do have a blessed week!

I remain a fellow Comrade serving with you to actualize the LORD’s Agenda

Ayomide Arowele

@arowele.ao

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