It has been observed that many humans, especially from the religious community, generally tend to forget the good things people have done for them, but hold on to the one bad thing, no matter how insignificant, the same people have done to them. Similarly, we tend to forget the wonderful and miraculous things God has done for us in the past the moment we are faced with a difficult or trying situation. This is for somebody out there going through trying times, facing difficult situations right now; join me as I take you down memory lane to remember the days and see everything turn around for your good.
The Earth and Its Fullness Thereof
The foundation of inheriting the goodness of the earth is first knowing who owns the it, knowing that He knows you and knowing how the it works. It is true that the richest men in the world like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet do not believe in He who owns the earth, but they know how the earth works. No wonder Jesus said that “the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” (Luke 16:8). However, as Christians looking forward to eternity, we can’t negotiate with believing in God and His son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16). But it is important we establish that someone is in charge and in control of the affairs of men. David does justice to this in Psalm 24:1 and declares thus:
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein”
Jesus also goes deeper in Luke 12:6-8 and lets us know that this supernatural creator doesn’t just own us, but He knows us personally even unfathomably to numbering the very hairs of our head. He says:
“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
This should be a foundational knowledge deep within us. You would need to be conscious of this background information if you want to get the best out of this earth. Why so? If the earth is the Lord’s (Psalm 24:1) and we are His sons and daughters (John 1:12, 1 John 3:1), then the earth is ours (Psalm 37:22)! This knowledge is important as it would form the bedrock of our memory trigger. Once you are always conscious of this, it would easily trigger past testimonies of God’s goodness in your life and build faith which always produces the miraculous.
Some of us are born with silver spoons, some with plastic, and some without spoons. For years, there has been an allegation of Maryam Abacha saying that “The Abacha family can never be as poor as Aliko Dangote”. Please note that Dangote is currently worth $16.7billion, he is the richest man in Africa and number 71 on Forbes list. Now, if that was actually true, with Dangote being poor in her eyes, it would mean that the whole lineage of that family, till Christ comes, can never be poor even if they use $100 bills as toilet paper for the rest of their lives. At the same time, those of us born with plastic spoons or without spoons have had the opportunity to hit rosy days and live the good life. Some of us have seen the salvation of the Lord. Some of us have seen God perform wonders and turn the situation of our lives around in a jiffy. We then get caught up in the success and forget how life works; we forget how we got there; we snap when things seem to go wrong; we forget who’s in charge.
Things Fall Apart
Things then seem like they are falling apart, we hit rock bottom, fall sick, lose our jobs, loved ones die, business collapses; everything just seems to be going upside down. We then begin to question life, we question the giver of life, we question His existence; we forget who’s in charge.
Let me give you a snapshot of my CV (Curriculum Vitae). I know how it feels to have just fifty naira to survive, which I miraculously found when washing my trousers; and with no hope of assistance. I know how it feels to stay three days without food, and I wasn’t fasting. I know how it feels to beg and hawk. I know how it feels to be betrayed, rejected and discriminated against. I know how it feels to nearly die, just to gasp for tiny air to catch on to life.
I know how it feels to lose a job. I also know how it feels to lose one’s blood; I know how it feels to lose a lover. I basically have attained the highest degree in the experience of wickedness and emotional pain. But don’t see me as someone filled with anger and hatred; I know how it feels to forgive and be forgiven.
So when things fall apart, I have come to realize that all the devil does is capitalize on our ignorance of God’s word to keep us in an infinite loop of depression and poverty. He’s a roaring lion, he scares Christians, but knows he can’t bite. But since we are humanly incapable of knowing tomorrow, we hear the roars and start to run helter-skelter, confessing negatively. That’s all he wants you to do, because he knows that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Let’s not forget that our actions can also lead God to chastise us. We then get caught up in the fear and torment of the moment; we forget the days; we forget who’s actually in charge. But everything changes when you start to remember the days.
Remember the Days
In Psalm 106, David takes us down memory lane and gives us a perfect scenario of our lives from the actions and attitude of the Israelites. Verse 7-8, 12-14 says:
“Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.”
I have learnt to practise this principle and I’m always conscious of who’s in charge. I’m always conscious of the fact that my Father owns the earth and so it is mine. This consciousness then helps me trigger memories of what God has done for me in the past and that helps increase my faith. No matter what I see on the outside, my confession never changes and GOD HAS NEVER LET ME DOWN. I make sure I’m always working in love, trying to do good, giving to Caesar what is his, but I’m never afraid of what men can do, especially at the workplace, because I know the Owner of the owner of the company.
To that man or woman who just lost the job, remember the days!
To that man or woman whose life is falling apart, remember the days!
To that man or woman hearing the roar of the devil, REMEMBER THE DAYS!
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!