Mario Balotelli, a popular soccer player who plays in the attacking position, and currently playing for AC Milan FC scored a goal in a particular match against Manchester United while he was still in Manchester City and lifted up his jersey as a form of celebration. Underneath his jersey was an inner shirt that had imprinted on it, a grammatical blunder tagged ‘WHY ALWAYS ME?’ Wait, was that question mark there? I guess so, I didn’t think after making such error, he would have known that there should be a question mark at the end. Funny enough, I personally am of the opinion that Balotelli should be a defender or probably a goalie but not a striker, this is because of his scary face. His face would be more useful in these positions as opposition strikers will be discouraged to proceed any further when they approach him. Funny enough, strikers of nowadays like Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona don’t have respect for mean faces anymore, they’ll dribble the meanness out of their faces. For the record, Balotelli’s a good striker, no argument.

Anyways, for the purpose of this article, I would like to borrow that grammatically murdered question. It’s funny, but it seems like a better way of asking that question, really! If I were to write the correct version and restore it back to life, it would be “Why Is It Always Me?” or “Why Am I Always the One?” or simply “Why Me?” Now that I have used ‘Why Always Me?’ it just feels right, short, precise and more emotional. Hence I would be using “Why always me?” throughout this issue, so please don’t consider it a grammatical blunder, at least not on my part, it belongs to Balotelli. Wherever you see it, just assume anyone of the correct versions above.

In this issue, we would be talking about the situations we face in life and how they just take the whole of us and how we feel we’re the only ones; we then wonder why. It is worthy of note that Balotelli’s complaint, according to Mayer and Faris (2012), was not a boast, but a plea to critics and to the paparazzi who trail him off the pitch, “Just leave me alone” he said according to them. Well, you and I know that was no plea.

Why Always Me?

Why always me

O Lord, why always me? Why always me Lord? Why always me? This is the usual question on the lips of many people, even unbelievers ask God the same question, why always me? I understand the pain many people go through every day, I myself also being a partaker.

All through my early years, I have always been faced with the challenge of bearing a lot of pain from all the circumstances that surrounded me. In my neighbourhood for example, I would be one of the kids who didn’t have a game console, I would then go and be begging the other kids to let me come in so I could play with them. I remember being refused numerous times, “My mummy say I should not allow you” or “My daddy is in the parlour” is what I would get and I would have to be watching from the window.  There was a time I had to watch through the reflections from the louvers, I’m not kidding.

In secondary school, it wasn’t funny at all. My mates would be buying barbeque, drink, etc., while all I could afford was 2 biscuits and one sachet of pure water. For my foreign readers, pure water is actually the name given to water in a nylon sachet in Nigeria, it doesn’t mean the water is pure. Sometimes my money would not even be enough for pure water that I would go and be drinking directly from the tap. As I advanced, it just kept getting interestingly painful. It was just like I was a pain and hardship conductor, like I was the initial receptor of pain through which others in the world partook of. I then started complaining to God saying “Lord, why always me?” I would talk and talk, complain and complain, vex, cry, do everything; nothing would happen, I would just wake up the next morning and life continues.

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These few real scenarios I’ve mentioned above are just to make you laugh, but you should understand what I mean by difficult situations and pain. You should know that I have faced much much worse, even from the church that I can’t say here. As I passed through all these things, I evolved. I drew closer to God and got a better understanding of these situations, and the revelation that God gave me was mind blowing. I then understood that they weren’t ordinary and there was a deep reason behind them. In the next few lines, I would be sharing simple facts as to “why always you?”

Why Always You?

It is very important that you understand that this life is a battle field, it is a war zone and wars are always characterized by enemies. We have an adversary which is the devil who is out for blood. 1 Peter 5:8-9 says,

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

Let me give a simple example. If you were the president of your country and you were seeking to gain world power and respect, which country would you wish to overpower and destroy to gain control? I’m guessing it would be the United States of America (USA) right? Why? They are the giants of the world. As a result of your evil ambitions, you will have deep hatred and jealousy for them. Your devices would not just be outright attacks because you know they have a solid defensive system. You would then deploy other means of infiltration and deception. Osama Bin laden was a former CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) agent, he already had enough information before pulling the September 11 stunt on the USA.  That’s exactly the relationship that a human being has with the devil. The devil is powerful, but the same God that made him, made man even more powerful and now has given him unlimited power in the name of Jesus. The Bible says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). The Bible then also says concerning the name of Jesus, that

“…God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9-10).

In spite of this, there are still some humans who fail to recognize and accept who they really are, meaning that they cannot exhibit such powers as they should, making them of no value. As a result, they do not constitute any form of threat to the devil, rather, they become his toys whom he can easily destroy when he’s done with them or chaff which is easily blown away.

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This therefore means that any human being, who has accepted Jesus Christ and understands the power that he has in the name of Jesus, and also utilizes his powers, automatically becomes a threat to the devil. Such a person will automatically pop up in the enemy radar of the devil. He will hate and be jealous of you with everything he’s got and he will then start initiating his different devices of war and destruction against you. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 2:11,

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

Here, Paul was using the lack of a forgiving spirit as a device of the devil. This is just the simple truth. So, the reason “why always you” is because of who you are in Christ. Just know that as long as you are a true son of God (in fact, you yourself will know), the devil will fight you. If you have not suffered anything for God and you’ve gotten everything smoothly, no battles, no pain, I’m sorry to say… let me not say anything, you figure out your own fate.

You must know that all the devil can do is try, that’s all. In all these situations, all you need to do endure, praise God and hold on to Him. The moment you let these situations dictate your words and actions, the devil gains the upper hand and is exceedingly glad. Remember Job in the Bible? The devil was given the right to try all possible means to break him, with the exception of taking his life (Job 2:6). So if you are a child of God and you are going through tough times, or different kinds of temptations and they are so much that you shout “WHY ALWAYS ME?” just remember that it is because of who you are and the glory that is before you, as we will discuss in the next section.

After All Said and Done

After all said and done, the end result of pain suffered and endurance in the name of Christ is always glory. I told you about me not having a game console and being pushed away by other kids right? And watching from the louvers right? Well, that game console they were raising their shoulders about was Family Com, imagine? Family Com! My life! I was later the first among all of them to get a Nintendo and later, a PlayStation and then a PlayStation One (PS One). See how they all flocked into my house, begging me that they wanted to play. Even my elder brother’s friends and most of our seniours flocked into the house. They even borrowed my game. Can you just imagine? To then finally turn this story into a fairy tale, when others were fortunate to get their own PlayStation consoles, not even PS One, I then advanced to an Xbox!!! Xbox!!! Xbox!!! That was it!!! I even had one of them borrowing my Xbox to use to woo a girl. People came from far and wide to play my Xbox. Even my secondary school mates would attest to my superiority when it came to my Xbox. Do you know the funny thing? I got all these consoles for free. As funny as the story is, this is a classical example of glory.

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Do you know what happened to Job after all his sufferings, God gave him double all he had before (Job 42:10), and you know that Job was the greatest of all the men of the east before the trials (Job 1:3), so just imagine how great he must have been after; he would have been the greatest man in his time. Joseph became the Governor of Egypt and David became the King of Israel. Look at what the Bible says concerning Jesus in Hebrews 12:2,

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Isn’t it beautiful? Jesus, for the joy set before him, endured the cross, despised the shame, and now is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Glory to God!!! Jesus was focused on the glory, he knew that the shame and pain were just temporary, the glory is the most important thing.

Summary

From Abraham, to Joseph, to Jacob, to David, to Jabez, to Job up until Jesus and his disciples, their end was always glory. You cannot claim glory without pain, you just can’t. You can’t even give glory to God without a difficulty. God can’t take any glory from your situation if you just had it easy all the way. It is when you triumph and dumbfound the world in that difficult situation in the name of Jesus that God takes all the glory, it is only then that people say “Truly, God lives”. If you say you finished university and just got a great job immediately, because your uncle is Goodluck Jonathan and you are coming to tell somebody who has stayed at home for over a year and hoping on God even with his good grades that God is faithful, you could get a very dirty slap. You haven’t even suffered anything and you are trying to encourage somebody in the Lord?

Why did Nigerians vote Goodluck Jonathan into office? Is it not because he told them that he had no shoes, and now good luck has made him president? Although, that was a very callous thing to do, vote somebody as your president because he had no shoes, and of course, the voters have now come to regret their decision; yet, there was glory in his success. He triumphed from pain and shame, good luck or no good luck, and rose to glory. He was even called Nigeria’s messiah, the saviour.

Remember to endure the pain for the glory and joy that is set before you. Now that we know “why always we” let us leave Balotelli alone and endure, and praise our way to glory.

Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!

© 2013 Godsplan Uzoaga.

References
Mayer, C., & Faris, S. (2012, November 12). Why Always Mario? Time Magazine
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