The Experience 5: Don’t Stay Down

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There comes a time when life throws its weight against you and you are left with two options: keep fighting or just let life have its way. You are left to decide whether to accept fate or refuse to be down.

I had a relatively poor result in my 3rd year of university education and I went back to the drawing board. I switched on the imaginary DVD in my mind and clicked on “My life – 18 months ago”. I chose to watch it in black and white because I had to make some changes. I noted some areas I needed to improve, some actions I needed to take and some paths I needed to avoid. I denied myself of a lot of secular needs in order to make amends for the poor form. I was walking a tight rope and I needed to be top notch to navigate back to my initially desired goal. Things went further south after taking these actions – the next result was worse, my worst. It was a tough time for me.

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In the Bible, the widow at Zarephath gave her last bread to Elijah and God gave her ceaseless blessings to take care of Elijah, the widow and her son (I Kings 17).

And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. – I Kings 17:17

Sadly, she must have been mad at Elijah and may have even questioned if he was a prophet of God. Sometimes we are tempted to question God, our faith and his deeds. But Elijah restored her son back to life.

And Elijah took the child and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, see, thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth – I Kings 17:23-24

A time comes when you put in your very best, and you get the worst of results. You tarry with the Lord, make atonements, give alms, bring smile to people, win souls for Christ, finish a 40 days dry fasting, sow seeds of faith and the 9 yards but the immediate result has every adornment of discouragement. You begin to question and ponder. Doubt sets in and the will to do more begins to dwindle.

Sometimes you do everything right but that lecturer refuses to treat you fairly. You tick all the boxes but you are not chosen, you have the best of interviews but you are not invited for medicals, you fulfil all righteousness but the goal is missed. Do you give up and stop trying?

The three Hebrew lads were thrown to the hottest of flames for refusing to bow to the gods of Babylon. They didn’t stop worshipping God, they continued. Daniel was thrown into the dungeon for praying to God. Could he have suspended his prayers? Maybe he asked God “why?” or he believed that it was all for good and for the glory of God.

Joseph was disliked by his siblings and sold out to Egypt. He found his way to prison because he refused to what was wrong in the sight of the Lord. He tarried in prison but it was all for good. It must have been the lowest moment of his life.

The widow got her son back, Daniel had a pillow made of lions and was restored. The three Hebrew lads were elevated, Joseph became the prime minister and I had my best result the following year. Worth it?

So Friends, don’t let the bad results of today refrain you from making efforts in reaching your goal. God understands when you ask “Why?” but can you answer his questions in Job 38-41? You must believe that he is in charge and everything was created for him. Don’t just fold your hand and accept defeat. Don’t just accept that poor result and wallow in agony. The milk is spilt, stop crying over it.

For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again – Proverb 24:16

The low moment is not a period to continue in sin, nor a time to flee from the presence of God. The temptation is there to do as the world especially seeing positive results of their ways. Remember, there is always light at the end of tunnel as far as you are in Christ. Don’t stop praying, don’t stop worshipping, and don’t just stop. Rise up and give it another try.

 


Chibuzor Amos is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the prestigious Federal University of Technology, Owerri and currently a technical professional in an oil firm. He blogs at Soccergunz and Amoscp’s blog.

8 thoughts on “The Experience 5: Don’t Stay Down

  1. Check out these biblical promises
    Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
    Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things
    Jeremiah 29:11will bless you with a future filled with hope–a future of success, not of suffering.(contemporary version)
    James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for GOD cannot be tempted with EVIL, neither tempteth he any man:
    The point is that:
    God’s plan for his children is better, greater and supreme but it may not always come the way we want it. Even if it doesn’t come the way we expect, God will never mean evil for us…. He will still work it for our good…
    So if you pray for a mountain to move and it doesn’t, maybe God wants you to make it a monument-tourist point ….
    “Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.” – Henry Ford.

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  2. ‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. ‘ Phil. 4:6
    our sole duty is to present before God in prayer the change we desire. He is always there for us, he is ever ready to answer our prayers. He said in His word, ‘…whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you. ‘ …just ask!

    it may seem to get darker, more excruciating and hopeless after asking, don’t give up,don’t give in, you’ve gone too far from where you started from, you are just about to receive the answer to your request.

    God bless you for sharing this powerful testimony. By this, many are strengthened, encouraged and emboldened within to take the bull by the horns.

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