Can you imagine life without God? A life without the acknowledgment or involvement of God in it? Imagining this kind of life scares me and it should scare you too.
Recognizing the God factor in all areas of our lives means that we see God working through all of our circumstances for His purposes. Men today that glory in their works and achievement do so because they are blind to the God factor in their success stories, and until a man gets to the point where he recognizes and accepts the truth that he cannot go through life successfully without God and is nothing without Him, his life would be constantly that of struggles and failures.
It is only a man that has first acknowledged the place of God in his life and has accorded Him Lord over his life that would truly be able to recognize the God factor in all areas of his life. This is because this man truly loves God and believes the verse of the Scriptures amongst others that says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8: 28). So even when life billows blows, he chooses to see God working through it for his good because He knows that all the plans God has for Him are good even when they don’t look like it. This man never sees any occurrence in his life as a coincidence but as divinely orchestrated by God or allowed by Him…The good occurrences, to show forth His glory, majesty, and might, and the bad occurrences, knowing that he has played his part as a human, sees it as happening not because God is unfaithful or has forsaken him, but as a trial of his faith, for him to learn some crucial lessons, to strengthen His faith in God, and for God to show Himself mighty in seemingly impossible situations.
The natural man would sometimes acknowledge the God factor in circumstances that pertain to his life, and at other times take or share the glory with God. Sometimes he attributes the occurrences in his life to fate, the workings of karma, e. t. c. (Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.)
We must practically recognize the God factor in all areas of our lives, and here are some practical ways we can do this:
• IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES: We must recognize the truth that every happening in our lives can only to an extent be controlled by us and that “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). For instance, a man in haste to board a motorcycle suddenly notices that the eyes of the motorcyclist looks very red like someone that has taken something dangerous into his system and fear suddenly grips him and he then tells him not to worry… That man might say that he noticed the eyes of the motorcyclist because he is very careful when it comes to mentally taking details about things or people, but I tell you my friend he noticed it because God wanted to protect him and opened his eyes to see… Now, this is the God factor in this scenario. If God had not been involved, he would have boarded the motorcycle in a haste to get to his destination without caring if the motorcyclist’s eyes were red or not.
• CONCERNING OUR ACADEMICS: Going to school as a student, being able to attend classes, being able to read in preparation for your test or exams, writing the tests or exams, and coming out in flying colors cannot just be attributed to the fact that you are very brilliant, or that you are a very studious student. You must also remember that if God had not given you good health to achieve all these, none of these would have been possible. Remember; It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not (Lamentations 3:22) Now, this is the God factor.
• THE MATERIAL ASPECT OF OUR LIVES: The fact that your employer pays you on time or gives you bonuses from time to time should not be seen as a holistic outcome of your diligence and commitment, but because God touched his heart and granted you favor in his sight. Proverbs 21:1 says: The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Your boss could have as well ignored your hard work and diligence, and even purposely delayed paying your salary to you, and gone about his duties as usual and you would not have been able to do much about it, hence the just and favorable treatment you’re receiving should be attributed to the God factor.
• THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT OF OUR LIFE: The fact that you can stay peacefully with your college roommates without them being a hindrance to your spiritual life, i.e you being free to read your Bible any time of the day you want without them purposely trying to disturb; go to church, and even return late some times and still have someone (though tired and sleepy) coming to open the door for you without harassing you —this is not because your relationship with God is very strong, it is rather a bestowment of God’s mercies upon you. There are those out there who are also on fire for God but are suffering persecution in the hands of their roommates (yet in this they see the hands of God working in their circumstances for their good.
God had to make sure you did not pay earlier, or later than you did so that you would get the exact room you were given, Him knowing you more than you know yourself and knowing the extent of your spiritual strength as well.
There are other instances in these areas of our lives, and in other areas as well, but the bottom line is this; learn to see the God factor in every area of your life. Learn to see God’s hands and workings in all that pertains to your life because you are ‘His dear child’.
Not yet His child? Kindly pause reading, sincerely confess your sins to Him, ask the blood of Jesus to come into your heart, wash you free from every form of sin you have ever committed, and make you whole. (Ist John 1:6 …and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.) Accept Jesus to come to be your Lord and personal Savior, and believe in Faith that the presence of Christ in you makes you a new man.
Now that you’re saved, read your Bible regularly and prayerfully, asking the Holy Spirit to illuminate God’s Word as you read it, pray without ceasing (Ist Thessalonians 5:17), and maintain a regular devotional life. Also, ask God to lead you to a Bible believing church/fellowship to start attending if you are not yet a member of any for you to become established in the faith. God bless you.