CHECK THE FEELINGS – Mon, Nov 30, 2015

check the feelingsSong of Solomon 3:5 KJV
I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

I usually listen to radio before going to bed each day and over the years I’ve come to love one particular programme that seeks to advise young people who are in relationships and desirous of marriage.

In one such episode, this scripture came up, i. e. Songs of Solomon 3:5. I remember the host of the show focused on the latter part of the verse, advising young people not to “awaken love” prematurely.

Too many a time, young people engage in activities that awaken our sexual-senses and get us all hyper much too early in life. I’m worried particularly about teenagers who spend so much time with their phones sending love notes here and there. Much time is not given to counseling to develop and nurture these sensual feelings.

We owe the little ones this responsibility of nurturing. We may not have had this privilege in our time, which may be the reason we messed up, however, we have the opportunity to make our younger ones do better than we did. Let’s help them check the feelings.

Have a blessed day.
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EYES OF A MICROSCOPE – Fri, Nov 27, 2015

microscope eyepieceEcclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

[14] For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

The first time I looked into a 🔬 microscope in the school lab, I saw many things I had never seen and never thought were that important. I saw microbes  and other “secret” things my eyes won’t allow me to see ordinarily, at the cellular level.

As I remembered this lab experience today,  I’m not only reminded of how powerful the creator is, but have come to appreciate the extent/scope/reach of His vision. No wonder He is capable of seeing all the secret things we do. They are not hidden from Him and what is more, He’ll require answers from us.

So maybe before you do that thing in secret you may first want to consider what you’d say to defend yourself when He asks you later, because He surely will.
In all his wisdom Solomon figured this out rather later and so would say, the whole conclusion of the matter is to fear God and keep his commandments.

Man (you and I) have one duty, all others are intended to garnish that one duty, and not vice versa. So what will you say in defense of your actions when your life is brought under the microscope/radar?

Have a blessed Friday.
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DUMSOR – Thu, Nov 26, 2015

Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 KJVdumsor
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

[8] But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.

What a time to read such verses! I could only think of “Dumsor” (Power outage) as I meditated on these two verses. Indeed, Light is sweet… And I detest the feeling that comes to me when I get home from work each day to see the lights out.

Usually, I’m able to figure this out at the junction that leads to my house. The darkness greets me right from there, and makes my mood change.
On the other hand when there’s light, I wear a big smile ☺, as if it was so much of a luxury.

Solomon, through these verses drew out an important fact. The days of darkness are definitely going to come for each one of us, when the light of our eyes will be shut out completely (more like a perpetual “Dum”). This is important to REMEMBER.

So if you rejoiced and made merry during your “sor” (light) and forgot to prepare for the “dum,” (darkness) you may have yourself to blame for the repercussions. Remember the days of darkness will be very many (verse 8b). Eternity is way lengthier than 75years on earth 🌍 so live wisely.

Have a blessed day.
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CALMING THE WATERS – Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Ecclesiastes 10:4 KJVcalming the waters
If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

I know a guy who worked for a very difficult boss. In fact no one found it easy working under her, especially my friend, who was more like her personal assistant. His daily schedule comprised both corporate and domestic responsibilities.

He bore most of the heat that steamed from his boss and while some of his colleagues would just leave… he yielded. He always found a reason to get along well with her no matter how unbearable she proved. The last time I heard from my friend, he had been recommended by her boss to the board of directors.

His new role… He was the new boss of another branch. Guess what, most of those colleagues who couldn’t stand the heat of his boss, called to congratulate him on his new appointment.
Solomon the Preacher didn’t mince words when he talked about yielding to the ruler.

I have come to learn that, difficult as this may seem, yielding to an angered boss/superior, calms the waters and puts you in a better position to even lay a petition before him/her.
Don’t muddy the waters, when you can apply wisdom to have things work in your favour.

Have a blessed day.
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DEAD LION SYNDROME – Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Ecclesiastes 9:4 KJVdead_lion
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

I think the first time I heard this verse was actually in a Nigerian Movie I watched. I had thought it was one of the numerous Nigerian proverbs we hear all the time until I chanced upon it in the bible while a student at Presec, Legon.

Anything associated with the living is always live and bubbling while that associated with the dead is cold and pale. There’s really no excitement about what is dead, no matter what is was worth while alive.

Some of us may command a lot of fear and respect and be seen as giants within certain circles, but are only ‘dead lions.’ Your roar never goes beyond your mouth because there’s no life in you. You are dead if you fail to keep the relationship with your Maker alive.

Consistency is key in keeping alive in the Lord. You can not afford to keep the fire out because it would cost you more to do so. You’re better off living as a dog following your master, than a lion… a dead one for that matter.

Have a blessed day.
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APPLY THE PRINCIPLES – Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Ecclesiastes 8:14 KJVapply the principles
There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men , unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men , to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.

The debate about why wicked men prosper sometimes, will never end. Reading it in this chapter of Ecclesiastes tells me it had been a bother for the people even in the days of Solomon. Who knows, it may have even preceded them and dated back to the very ancient men.

What better reasons/explanation could be attributed to such trans-generational phenomenon? Wicked people still get prosperous and live longer while some righteous, just people suffer wickedly. In all his wisdom Solomon couldn’t grasp such happenings, he concluded they are vanity!

Jesus on the other hand, when teaching about love for enemies, said His Father (God) makes the sun rise and set on both the just and the wicked, in Matt 5:45. Opportunities are presented to ALL MEN. They may inadvertently apply godly principles to make the best of these opportunities irrespective of who they are, and it WILL turn out for good for them!

Applying godly principles yields much gain and it is wise for Christians to do same. Being a Christian doesn’t end at giving your life to Christ, it sure holds more in store for those who apply His principles.

Have a blessed day.
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EMERGENCY VOWS – Fri, Nov 20, 2015

emergency vowsEcclesiastes 5:4-5 KJV
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

[5] Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

I have a friend who would usually say, “Why the rush, go home and think about what to tell God before committing yourself, He’s not going anywhere.” The first time I heard this from him was at a Charismatic Renewal Fund Raising Event we attended at Christ The King Hall, Accra.

Well, indeed God was going nowhere and I did not need to make any hasty decision I wouldn’t be able to honour. He was right!
Many would argue that I should have acted as I felt moved by the Spirit and not necessarily listened to him, but indeed if the prompting came from the Spirit, it wouldn’t really have made any difference waiting.

Hannah made a vow to God, It wasn’t a hasty decision, it was premeditated and she knew the implications. What was more, she kept her word. This discipline is what God requires, according to the Philosopher.

I know how tempting it is to make a pledge in the midst of the crowd, or promise God a thing when you are in a tight situation, in an attempt to find a divine-exit, but these are only emergency vows. They could actually land you in deeper waters than you originally were in.

Have a blessed Friday.
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