‘You are fired!’ is a horrible statement that is very common in our society today.  It is an arrow of despair to the soul of the poor and needy ones when exercised.  It is an exercise of show of power against the feeble and powerless people. It is an instrument of cruelty and punishment of the powerful ones against the helpless that have no choice whatsoever.  This statement is verbally executed at times.  Sometimes it comes by giving a pink slip from the employer to the employee.  It is not limited here; the wife fires her husband via divorce.  The husband fires his wife through divorce and infidelities.  Spouses fire each other with negative and repulsive attitudes of nagging and undue ego and stubbornness. Out of anger the children storm against their parents and fire them in order to have their narrow-minded ways. They say things like ‘you are no longer my parent’ and they run out of the family setting.  In the same manner, the parent fires their children because of the anger in their heart and the corresponding disobedience of the children. They declare to the child; ‘I disown you from this day on!’ They send the child packing from the house. The friends fire each other for whatever reason. They declare, you are not my friend anymore.

What is the meaning of being fired? The meaning that readily comes to mind is the state of a beautiful and a cordial relationship that suddenly ceased to exist. It is an imagery of a certificate that contains evidence of your achievement that was completely burned into ashes.  Being fired means that the foundation of whatever that connected you and others together is uprooted and ceased to exist.  It means the cord of unity that bound both of you together as a family, friend, or in holy marital relationship ceases to exist forth with. In this state of mind, the wrath of hostility in the hearts of the two parties is as if they never knew each other before. That’s why they would not mind to go the secular court to legalize their broken relationship in some cases.  The court may further divide, separate, and apportion the assets that jointly belongs to both of them previously and permanently and completely set them apart.

Beloved it is very easy to destroy a monumental, closed knit relationship that took several years to build together.  In a split second and with a stroke of anger as a result of foul language between two parties in the union, the relationship could break up into pieces that can never be put together again. On the other hand, it is a herculean task to build together. Building up an edifice of sustaining relationship always involves the intricacies of planning which is usually in the fore front of every project. Wisdom and understanding are involved in laying appropriate foundation of the union. Diligence and patience are employed in ensuring that all the structures in the relationship are in their right position. Purposeful goal and functionality of the end product in the relationship is determined before the commencement of the project. We can see all the stages of complexity of thoughtfulness of God in creation of man as stated above in His infinite wisdom as revealed below:

Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; [plan, wisdom and understanding] let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.[purpose and functionality]” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.[diligence and patience] (Genesis 1:26-27)

You will notice the plan, the wisdom, the purpose, and the desired end product in the heart of the Creator before the creation of man. This is an indicator of how valuable and worthy you are in the hands of your Creator. King David understood this infinite care of God and he said, when his earthly father and mother fire or abandon him, God his creator will never abandon him.  “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” (Psalm 27:10) He knew that God will never fire him. Unfortunate situation may occur that could lead to a possibility of a woman to forget her suckling child. Some women forgo their children as a result of divorce or other undue cruelty and inappropriate decision making.  But God assures, even when this happens, He, Almighty God will not forget you. “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. (Isaiah 49:15-16 NKJ) It is interesting to know that our names are inscribed in the palm of the hands of Almighty God. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:3) Because the Heavenly Father has compassion on you, and because He knows your true precious value, He will never abandon you if you can maintain a right-attitude and holy relationship with Him in reverential fear of Him.

God Almighty is the only one that can neither fire you nor abandon you. Perhaps you are wondering why. It is because He created us in His own image. This means, there is a piece of God in every mankind on the surface of the earth. He had invested a lot in your creation. He is still daily investing good health, protection, and abundant sustenance upon you because of the laudable purposes He has concerning you. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) He is the unseen true Father of every unit of families all over the world. Regardless of the sinfulness of man, being the gracious Father, His mercy is still enduring forever.  He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to die for us for the redemption of our sinfulness in order to provide a forum where He can reconcile and adopt humanity to Himself through salvation. His plea is peaceful and inviting. He says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) If you can come to Him today and be reconciled with Him you will not be fired. If you ran away like the prodigal son, you can still come back in repentance to God because the gate of His mercy is never closed.

If you are on fire for the Lord, with the gospel of Christ in your mouth but the world around you treats you like a leper with instrument of persecution, do not give up upon yourself because you are in a good company with Jesus Christ.  He will never forsake you. Have your friends forsaken you and you are lonely? Look unto Jesus Christ your Savior. He is a true friend who will never forsake you.  Has a debilitating sickness encroached into your health and the death cold hand approaching, and the loneliness in the grave gives you the impression that you are fired from this so called ‘beautiful world?’ Set your gaze at Jesus your Savior at the lonely hour. He is a true friend that never forsakes. The holy angels will carry you to the bosom of God.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, the world is too lonely and dreary without you. Endow me the grace to remain a faithful friend with you.  At the lonely moments of life, when the friends had forsaken me, when the close family has hidden their faces against me, Oh Lord bestow your mercy upon me, verify your word and do not forsake me in Jesus name, Amen.


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