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Spiritual Intelligence: Blind Faith

who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Good morning friends. Abraham is known to most Christians as the father of faith. His epic story is one that has always been a source of inspiration to pilgrims the world over, and one that still provides that vital boost of spiritual nourishment to trillions living by faith today. He pioneered something new, something different, something extraordinary, something powerful, something of transcending value. He was a seeker; seeking the true essence of his existence, and by divine providence he connected with the almighty. I say by divine providence dear friends because many have embarked on the same quest, only to arrive at the wrong end.

In the words of the psalmist:

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

His faith sparked a flame that caught heaven’s attention; a paradigm shift exemplified by the Canaanite woman when Jesus probed her faith further. This woman had been on the caseload of His disciples, seeking their intervention for her demon possessed daughter, in frustration they were forced to pass her over to Him. When she finally got an audience with Jesus, the following dialogue ensued:

Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Friends, Abraham had an encounter that completely changed his life. One that inspired him to leave his tribe, his people, his past and present; for a future known, yet uncertain. He traded his reality for a big dream, he risked all, living dangerously for something he didn’t fully comprehend himself. But through the process of time, he learnt some invaluable virtues. He had learnt to conquer his fears, starve his doubts, and most importantly; he learnt to be selfless.

Abraham was blind to earthly kingdoms:

for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

So much so that God ratified his faithfulness with a covenant He swore into Himself. So, in closing I am reminded of the words of the patriarchs in honour of his legacy and blind faith:

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Time And Chance

Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul. And Samuel went no more to see Saul until the day of his death. Nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul, and the Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.

Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”

And The Lord regretted… What an interesting statement? It opens a myriad of theories and doctrines, which will probably take eternity to unveil. When the people demanded to have a king like the their neighbours (the same neighbours they were not meant to imitate), God warned them before hand of the problems they were likely to face through the prophet Samuel. In other words, He knew Saul was going to fail. So, why then is He in regret for making Saul King?

Good morning friends. A few passages of scriptures comes to mind as I grapple with this conundrum. In keeping in line with the spirit of these thoughts (brevity), we will consider three pieces of scriptures. The first is taken from the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy;

And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

This verse shows a God that observes our thoughts, actions and reactions. Perhaps not dissimilar to a scientist monitoring a situation, with a view to draw up conclusions and theories; in this case, to understand our proclivities and capabilities. This question might prop up, who’s doing the testing then? God or the devil? Angels or demon? Our innate sin nature through sin or the devil?

The second from one of Solomon’s life observations, as recorded in the book of Ecclesiastes;

I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.

This view leaves it to Time and Chance. In other words, life provides us with opportunities in our time. So, for instance some say there would not have been a Barak Obama without a George Bush Jnr.

Finally, the doctrine of Divine Providence. Divine providence asserts that God is in complete control of all things. It is drawn from the following key scriptures:
– birth and destiny, Galatians 1:15
– protection of His people, Psalm 4:8
– the universe, Psalm 103:19
– the physical world, Matthew 5:45
– the nations, Psalm 66:7,
– human endeavours, Luke 1:52

Regardless of which camp you sit on this topic, one thing is sure dear friends;

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him

God is watching even now.

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~ Sabali