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The tragedy of the absence of God – Part 2


Chidi Okoroafor

Text: Haggai 2:5-9; 1 Samuel 4; 2 Samuel 6

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 6:11, “And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household.”

The absence of God’s presence can cause tragedies in our lives, churches, nation, families, government institutions, etc. When issues concerning God become secondary in our homes, offices, National Assembly, communities and states, we should get ready for the tragedy of God’s absence.

We need to pursue God in all our endeavours as individuals, corporate organisations and institutions. Promises have failed us; so, we need divine intervention in our nation, states, families, individual lives and churches.

In Exodus Chapter 33:18, we saw Moses an acute seeker of God, praying for more of God, when he said, “Show me Your Glory.” The Good News Translation Version puts it in a captivating way, “Please, let me see the dazzling light of your presence.” When last did you encounter God? It is not when last did the choir entertain you?

Civilization began in Egypt. Considered the cradle of civilization, ancient Egypt experienced some of the earliest developments in writing, agriculture, urbanisation, organised religion and central government in history. Hieroglyphics were a kind of writing developed by the Egyptians in approximately 3200 BC.

Moses was raised and trained in a royal home. He was adopted by a royal princess and raised in the palace of the Pharaoh. Moses received the best education the ancient world could offer at that time. Notwithstanding Moses background, he still hungered for God.

Moses was a chronic seeker of God. Remember, he saw God in the burning bush yet he went further to ask God, “Show me Your Glory”. Moses had a sound academic background, yet it was not a substitute for the presence of God. He went all out in search of God.

Don’t get satisfied with just knowing God. Knowing God is a limitless search. Concentrating on your previous successes will prevent you from succeeding today. One with God is a majority. Charms, human shield, security, etc. have disappointed people, but the presence of God cannot disappoint you.

No certificate, human title and human popularity can take away the place of the presence of God in our individual lives. God brings a man down, when he takes His Glory. God does not spare a man who takes His Glory.

It takes divine intervention to put Nigeria on the right path. We have trusted so much in human beings and yet they have failed us. It is time to put our confidence in God.

We need to let God into our nation, so that He can intervene and heal our land. We have suffered tragedies as individuals and as a nation because of the absence of God. I guarantee you that the story will change for better, if we let God in.

In 2 Samuel 6:11, we saw the dramatic change in the life and family of a man called Obededom the Gittite for harbouring the Ark of Covenant for three months. He was a man with three ugly names: Obed-slave, Edom-descendant of Esau and Gath-village of Goliath.

God blessed Obededom, and his entire household for letting God into his house. 2 Samuel 6:12a, “And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God.” Our story as individuals and as a nation will change for the better, if only we will allow God to take control and have His way in whatever we do.
Today’s Nugget: The absence of the Presence of God brings untold hardship.

Prayer: Revive Your Presence in my life.
Prayer line: Send text only to 09078154261.
Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, General Superintendent,
Assemblies of God Nigeria

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