THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 4, No. 30 – Monday, 5th August, 2019
(Gen.3:1-24 esp 9, Gen.48:8-20 Esp 10, 1 Sam.28:6, Heb.8:12, Rom.2:4)
HAS THE ALMIGHTY EVER BEEN BLIND, DEAF AND DUMB AT ANY GIVEN TIME?
What a question! Isn’t such a question absolutely a nonsense question? Even if it is nonsense, it is nevertheless a senseless question for nonsense does not mean no sense. Rather, it is no sense which is equal to senselessness. As such, both no sense and senselessness do not stand at per with nonsense.
So then understand that when some argue that nonsense still contains some fragments of sense, can they be said to be absolutely wrong? The unequivocal answer is NO. If therefore even nonsense contains some sense thereby differing from senselessness and no sense, then the above question cannot be said to amount to nonsense because there is yet some element of sense to be gained therefrom.
I rather think that a question of the kind referred to above should trigger a mix of the emotional quotience of surprise and the intelligence quotience of a strong desire for some spiritual research of some sort, and not simply confining and consigning the question to the waste bin of trash and nonsense.
The question again is: has the Almighty ever been blind, deaf and dumb at any given times? The unequivocal answer is YES. Now, I know that for those who belong to the school of thought which considers a question of this kind as nonsense, even the answer proferred to the question will trigger in them some sparks of paranoia.
Hmmm! It is a nonsense question after all with a crazy answer, isn’t it? A close look at verses 8 and 9 of the first Scripture reveals something quite staggering and striking. The verses in question read:
‘8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, where art thou?’
Where art thou?! Why will the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient Almighty God ask such a question? In the first instance, He, the Almighty created that garden where they were.
He, the Almighty created them (Adam and his wife) also. Being the sole Omnipresent in life and in all, and being the lone Omniscient in everything, wasn’t He, the Almighty present everywhere throughout the entire nooks and cranings of the garden and everywhere else that Adam and his wife might be hiding? Couldn’t He, the Almighty see them.
Metaphorically, the Almighty could not see them. The reason the Great God of heaven and earth could not see them or saw them but could not be bothered is the reason of love. Love trusts. Since love trusts, love never doubts the object of its affection.
The eyes of love are very different from the eyes of the flesh or the outer eyes. The eyes of love sees and ‘believes all things’ ever trusting never doubting (1 Cor.13:7). Oh! How I wish that man would learn from one of the greatest lessons of life that never lie to the one who trusts you and never trust the one who lies to you and of course, never lie to your own self.
O man, can you hearken to the voice of wisdom and learn now? Do I hear you say what wisdom?! Learn from the power and persuasion of love: do you know that every woman knew the true nature of the man she was getting into marriage with right from courtship moments?
The reason she cared less about his faults and weaknesses is twofold. First is the reason of love for love blinded her. Second is the reason of deceit; she was not true to herself about that man. The same is the case with the man during courtship days.
In the case of Adam, his wife and the Almighty, divine love enshrined in the high expectation and the consistent familiarity of usual embrace loosened up the Almighty from His unquestionable capabilities of Omnipresence, Omniscience and Omnipotence.
In short, God was absolutely blinded by love on two strata. First stratum was the fact that His consistent love for them kept them always in His heart. So even when they were not with Him, He could not forget them. But despite this, their usual fellowship together, the warm embrace of a father with His own and the cherishing affiliation between the creator and His creatures made Him see them in His mind’s eyes but could not feel them.
Second stratum is the love of sorrow; such is the painful love of disappointment from those you least expect to hurt you but also such people that you cannot do without. It was the same love that made the Almighty see the younger brother in preference for the older in the case of Ephraim and Manasseh as was encapsulated in Genesis chapter 48:8-20.
The evil coincidence is equally this, that just as God can be blinded through ecstatic love and the love from sorrow.
God can equally be deaf and dumb when sin is in place. This was the case of king Saul in 1 Samuel chapter 28:6.
But note that if king Saul’s situation was a negative account, the case of a sinner turning from sin to saintly life is positive. The content of Hebrews chapter 8:12 informs us that ‘and I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, their sins and iniquity will I remember no more’.
How so wonderful is the Almighty that He can have a memory blackout and a sight challenge to the sins of men all because of His love and passion! What manner of love is this that One gave His only begotten Son to die for sinful people?
Know this O people that genuine love is real and uncontestable. Love disciplines but in its discipline it does not cast away. I have argued somewhere that he who doubts proof is a fool. So is the case of God’s love; it is without doubt.
Do you doubt the love of God because of His goodness to you? See then the content of Romans chapter 2:4. Do you doubt the love of God because of your delay experiences and satanic oppression? Wait and see very soon; He will give you a spectacular proof of His love by means of miraculous wonders demonstrated in your life.
IN THE END, THE PRINCIPLE OF RECIPROCITY APPLIES ALSO IN THE CASE OF LOVE. FAN THE FIRE LOVE IN RETURN TO GOD’S LOVE. WHAT THEN WILL HAPPEN IS THAT THERE WILL BE COINCIDENCES OF LOVE AND SUCH WILL PRODUCE AN EXPLOSION AND AN IMPLOSION OF LOVE FROM TWO ENDS. THE IMPACT OF SUCH IS ALSO TREMENDOUS AND LONG LASTING ALWAYS LADEN WITH BREAKTHROUGHS, BREAKFORTHS AND JOY.
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Backslidden – living in sin – needing fresh recommitment (say):
Christ Jesus, You are the Anointed One of the Most High. I come to you today as I am. In your mercy, help me out of my situation. Heal my soul, my spirit, my body, my life and my destiny. I acknowledge you as the only true lover of my soul. Please, deliver me on every side and save me through and through. I promise from the depth of my soul to be yours from henceforth, in Jesus name. Help me now O God. Be my Lord, my Saviour and my all in all from this day. Thank you Lord (read Ps.54 in closing and pray more).
HYMN: What A Friend We Have In Jesus! Nearer My God To Thee! Near The Cross
1. O God, please return me back to my first love for you when I first got saved.
2. O God, give me a miracle borne out of your love for me.
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