I could not restrain my tears from flowing as I stood, head bowed at her funeral; the letter of her appointment in my hands. I read through the letter the day it was delivered to my apartment. She had used that address while we were still living together. The terms of her appointment were too good to be true; the allowances and the rest attached to that letter was amazing. It was truly worth her two years of waiting, but here she was, buried six feet beneath the ground. She would never see this letter, she would never get to work in that firm, she would never know the joy of finally getting a job without having to compromise her stand in Christ.
I remember how difficult it was for her to get a job after we both graduated. She moved in with me after her service year and I remember our tears and prayers for her as regards the issue of her getting a job. I kept on encouraging her, telling her to keep trusting in God, while doing the best I could to help her. On a particular day I returned from work only to find a note on the table saying she had left the house. I tried reaching her, but to no avail. She later called me and said that she was now staying with a new friend. I asked her who this new friend was, but she told me that it was a long story, and that she would not be able to give me the details on phone.
I was later able to visit her. She told me that she had found a job and would be starting the following week. She was staying with this new friend presently because her apartment was close to the place she would be working. I congratulated her, and asked her the nature of the job, but she told me that the nature of the job was not important and that all that mattered was that she was no more jobless. I asked her if she had prayed about the job before accepting the offer. She got very angry at my statement, said she was done with God and did not want to have anything to do with Him again. I tried talking to her, but to my utmost surprise, she asked me to leave.
I kept on praying for her, sending her text messages, hoping that she would realise that even in this fire God was still with her, and would eventually reconsider her ways. A week later, I heard that she was hit by a stray bullet in the bar she was working after a fight broke out between two men. One of them pulled out a gun in the bid to shoot the man he was fighting with, and then the bullet mistakenly hit her on the forehead while the man escaped. I cried bitterly as soon as I finished speaking to her roommate on phone. Janet? Working in a bar? I wished she held on a bit more, I wished she did. Two days after her death, her appointment letter from a top and very well known firm was sent. Janet…
I might not know how long you have been waiting on God, but I am certain of one thing and that is the truth that in the twinkling of an eye God can turn your situation around. Do you remember Sarah and Abraham? (Genesis Chapters 17 & 21) What of Hannah? (Ist Samuel Chapters 1 & 2) Hope you have not forgotten the story of John and Elizabeth as well? (Luke Chapter 1) They all had one thing in common, their periods of delay, and the fact that they all chose to hold on to God despite their challenges, they chose to believe God’s promises, they chose to believe who God is, they chose to believe His Word, they stood on His faithfulness, knowing that he is a God that keeps His promises, and God honoured their continual faith and trust in Him by blessing them, and giving them wonderful testimonies in due time, and even today we are still reading about them.
It is just a matter of time dear reader, hold on, believe God’s promises, keep knocking on the door of Heaven, if God did it in time past He can do it again. He is the God of yesterday, today, and forever;(Hebrew 13:8) He will come through for you. Also remember that there is need for patience after you have done the will of God in order to receive the promise God has made to you.
Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
All will be well beloved, we will hear your testimony soon. God will come through for you!
God bless you as you keep holding on… Amen.