May
13
2011

Don’t forget. God keeps a record..

You know what it’s like. You have read a portion of scripture many times and then
suddenly, a fresh revelation hits you. That’s precisely what happened to me and
I want it to share it in this week’s post. Simple concept but one that’s worth repeating.

I was reading from Genesis 18 recently, where God talks to Abraham about the sins
of Sodom and Gomorrah. God said that if there were 10 righteous people, He would
not destroy the city. We know that there weren’t 10 rightoeus people, so the place
was deemed for destruction. We may never know on this side of planet earth why
Abraham stopped interceding at 10 (perhaps his faith could not carry any more), but we
do know that God would have kept his word and not destroyed the city if there had been
10 righteous people.

We also know that a righteous man called Lot lived in Sodom
and Gomorrah (2 Peter 2:7). Because of His righteousness, God was not going to destroy                                                                     Lot with the rest of the city, so God planned a way of escape for him.

What’s interesting as I think about the story is that whilst the rightoeus (individuals) are
secure in the safety of God (Proverbs 18:10), God also honours our prayers so that the                                                                          rest of the city might be saved. God keeps a record of those who cry out to Him because                                                                         of the abominations that take place in society – Ezekiel 9:3-6.
‘Then the glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub where it had rested to the                                                              threshold of the temple. 1 He called to the man dressed in linen who had the writing kit                                                                    at his side. The Lord said to him,

“Go through the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of the people who moan                                                             and groan  over all the abominations practiced in it.”

While I listened, he said to the others, Go through the city after him and strike
people down; do no let your eye pity nor spare anyone! Old men, young men, young women,                                                            little children,   and women – wipe them out! But do not touch anyone who has the mark.                                                               Begin at my sanctuary!” So they began  with the elders who were at the front of the temple’

Sometimes, we are so overwhelmed by the ‘darkness’ around us that we find it almost
impossible to ‘believe’ past the darkness. In full assurance that God would
deliver the righteous, let’s take comfort from the scriptures knowing that the
fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man avails much. There are no ‘small’
prayers; there are only fervent and effectual prayers.

Our collective prayers avail much as the scriptures state that one shall put a
thousand to flight and two ten thousand. Like Elijah, there are many believers
or righteous people in the city  – some we know and some we may never know.

Standing in the gap in the marketplace is one of the ways we can fulfil our priestly
function. God always hears our prayers. Never give up, who knows whether your
‘marketplace’ is waiting for your prayers. Let’s not take our individual safety
as a means of being negligent about the marketplace. Sometimes, I find that we
spend so much time praying for our own needs and forget to lift up the
marketplace. Let’s ask God to help us lift up our ‘marketplace’

Just thought I will share my thoughts with you. Until I appear again in your inbox,
stay blessed

 

Ola

About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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