Just as we rely on our electrical gadgets being charged, our Christian lives are also meant to be recharged or refueled by reading the word of God, praying, fasting and meditating on God’s word to ensure that we are constantly ready for whatever God requires us to do.
These were contained in a sermon delivered by Nessa Olu-Davies at GMF-UK Chaplaincy’s children/youth 11th anniversary thanksgiving service. The service was held at Westminster Central Hall on 8th February 2015. Speaking on the theme “Moving forward with God: Are you ready? Nessa said, “What we see as inactivity from our perspective is usually purposeful preparation from God’s perspective and as young people we need to be encouraged that those who wait upon the Lord will end up even stronger after they are renewed by Him”.
In moving forward with God, we will encounter trials of many kinds. Nessa said, these trials shouldn’t discourage us but rather helps in building up our faith. “If everything in our lives went on so smoothly, we wouldn’t recognize God and have that opportunity to develop our faith”. “ Consider it pure joy ….whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.’ (James 1:2-3).
Hard work produces good results right? To be able to get that ‘six pack’ or ‘toned abs’ that some of you may want, you might decide to sign up to the gym, this will require constant dedication, perseverance and constant working out for you to reap those benefits. To build your faith, you have to persevere through those experiences. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 3:14. You need to ensure that your eyes are always fixed on the prize and keep striving towards that goal.
The end result
Nessa concluded her sermon by assuring the young and the old congregation that our waiting and moving forward with God wouldn’t be in vain if our hearts are right with God. We were told in the Isaiah 40:31 “Those who wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength”. There are examples of people in the Bible who moved on and forward with God and were blessed abundantly such as the story of Job, Daniel, etc. Abraham’s faith was greatly tested when he was instructed to sacrifice his only son, this proves that faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted. Job and Abraham were ready to be moved forward with God and because they firmly and intimately trusted in Him, God was able to use them for His glory.