Gbenga OwotokiWednesday, February 26, 2014
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ave you been in a situation when the heaven seem closed and you felt God has turned His face away from you? And maybe you are reading this today and you are currently facing a terrible storm in your life; perhaps your marriage, career or ministry is experiencing tumultuous times. You have asked questions but unfortunately, the answer you got was not what you expected. The last thought on your mind when you sleep is "how long will this continue? Will things ever get better for me?" You wake up in the morning with great hopes and aspirations for the day but alas! It's the same old cycle. Nothing changes. At that point, you give up. You have had enough. "If God will not help me, I will help myself." You seem to conclude.

My dear friend, the first thing you should understand is God is not man and man can never be God. He works in mysterious ways and does not operate based on our time. That is why sometimes, when you are expecting an answer, He may not respond because He sees beyond what you can see and He knows what you do not know. And sometimes, He will not even answer the prayers but like He did for Paul the Apostle, He will give you the grace to go through that situation such that when you come out, you will be more prepared for the greater glory that lies ahead. Oftentimes, when God does not answer according to our expectation then we believe he hasn't answered at all. He knows all things and He will not accede to a request that may bring a temporal relieve now but on the long run destroy our lives.

I read a story about a grandfather who found his grandson, jumping up and down in his playpen, crying at the top of his voice. When the boy saw his grandfather, he reached up his little chubby hands and said, "Out, Gramp, out."

It was only natural for Grandfather to reach down to lift the little fellow out of his predicament; but as he did, the mother of the child stepped up and said, "No, don't take him out, he is being punished and so must stay in."

The grandfather was at a loss to know what to do. The child's tears and chubby hands reached deep into his heart, but the mother's firmness in correcting her son for misbehavior must not be lightly taken. Here was a problem of love versus law, but love found a way. The grandfather could not take the youngster out of the playpen, so he crawled in with him.

A beautiful story and a true reality of what God will do with us sometimes. His presence will abide with us through the very eye of the storm. God did not spare Paul and Silas the suffering and imprisonment, but He did come down into the prison with them.

God did not keep the three Hebrew children out of the fiery furnace, but He went into the furnace with them.

God will not always deliver us from trouble and heartache, but He has promised grace for every situation of life. His grace is always sufficient for us. No matter what betides, He has promised never to leave nor forsake you. Hold on to him and He will uphold you.

Gbenga Owotoki, is the founder and Presiding Coordinator Hephzibah Network International Ministries; a Ministry committed to stirring up the 'sleeping giant' in people for end-time exploits. A US trained Business and Change Management Strategist. He is widely known as the 'Change Driver' for his simple but yet unique ways through which he initiates changes that are rejuvenating lives and organizations and helping to restore hope in individuals who had completely given up. A widely travelled international conference speaker and Convener of the annual Giant Conference and Life Summit that have been a blessing to many.