Managing a website and a blogsite concurrently can be a big task with the added responsibilities of being a wife and a mother with additional assignment of been a pen in God's hands in writing life changes books as the Lord desires to meet the needs of His people and have them walk blamelessly and uprightly before Him. So I beg you to please bear with me if I am unable to share a post everyday, I trust God to at least give me grace to share His word three times within a week. All blog posts are also available on http://www.thewordthatsuits.com/ in addition to other inspiring articles that I trust the Lord will bless your life and calm your nerves and you trust God to lift you up daily and give you victory in all of your life's challenges.
In today's post I think I will move a little off core marriage issues and try to discuss something else of equal interest. Less than two weeks ago the presidential election held in my very own dear country Nigeria. It was adjudged by most people as free and fair, and based on my own conclusion it reflected the will of the masses. But all these is not of serious interest to me, the lesson I learned in the outcome of that election was the determined, diligent persistence of the now president-elect of the country. This man had contested the presidential election in Nigeria four consecutive times and only emerging the winner on the fourth attempt. And so for twelve years, every four years, he puts himself up as a candidate and prepares better after every failed attempt for the next attempt, and finally on the fourth attempt he got it right.
Proverbs 12:24 says "Diligent hands rule, but laziness ends in slave labour." Based on the English dictionary, diligent is defined as the following: 1) constant in effort to accomplish something, 2) attentive and persistent in doing anything, 3) done or pursued with persevering attention; painstaking. When we look at what the Bible says in Proverbs 12:24 and the definition of the word diligent, what I can make of it is that if you want to attain that level of rulership in your desired dream, then you must be ready try and keep trying with persevering attention until you get to your goal. A confirmed loser is one who gave up on his/her dream with achieving the set goal.
How far a man will go in life is determined by how much painstaking effort he is ready and willing to put into the pursuits of his dream not minding the amount of times he fails or falls. For every time you meet with an obstacle in the pursuit of your dream, the more your increase and improve effort for the next attempt, correcting the errors of the previous attempt and improving on the tactics and techniques to be employed in the next attempt.
I have very close people to me who are not very good with risk taking. Once an attempt is made more than once and it has failed then that is a no go area of them such a pursuit is better dropped than it becomes a waste of resources. In as much as I am against waste, I am also a stubborn purser of a dream or course that I believe in. I don't give up just easily on my dreams and even though I have a pile of dreams and desires yet to be fulfilled, the story of Nigeria's president-elect is a reawakening motivator for me that with persevering attention and determined focus, it is just a matter of time for my dreams to come true for me.
The beauty of my own situation is that I have Christ as my anchor. I have infused my dreams and desires in Him, I have fine-tuned my will into His will for me based on what my Bible teaches me and I know that if I will just hang on much longer I will have the manifestation of what I am hoping for.
Luke 1: 5-7, 13, 36-37
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well on in years.
But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayers has been heard. Your wife will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John."
Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.
I will like to close this article with the miracle in the life of Elizabeth. The Bible tells us that Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth served the Lord and they observed the commandments of God blamelessly till old age while still praying for the gift of a child. They were diligent in service to God in the wake of barrenness. They sought for a child with perseverance and persistence not shifting focus from God but served Him blamelessly.
I can't tell how many years it took for their dreams to come through, but the Bible tells us that in their wait on the Lord for the manifestation of their prayers they had become well on in years. They were already getting old. Another fact about them was that they were already tagged barren, because the angel God sent to Mary told her that even your relative who is said to be barren is in her sixth month.
I don't know what your dreams are and at what level of accomplishment you are at this point in time, I don't know for how long you have been waiting on the Lord for answers to those prayers or how many failed attempt you have recorded in your pursuits, the truth of the matter is that the vision is for an appointed time and even though it may tarry, please wait for it. It will come and will not delay.
The president-elect of my country had three previous failed attempt on the presidency but without giving up on his dreams he is a fulfilled man today. And Zechariah has prayed many years for a child but yet at the appointed time his prayers were heard and answered. So please I beg you to prayerfully not give up on your dreams because diligent hands really does rule.