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The Dynamic Power of Waiting

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19 February 2024

There are many energy drink out there that physically tired people always depend on to replenish their drained energy. The list includes energy products namely, ‘Red Bull,’ ‘Monster,’ ‘Five-hour Energy.’  It was presumed that the main ingredient of these energy drink is caffeine.  This same caffeine is found in regular coffee beverages that reduces sleepiness and enhances alertness. That’s why many people got hooked on drinking coffee beverages or any of the above-mentioned energy drinks to prevent them from dosing off at work when their physical energy became dissipated.

Energy drainage is not limited to physical tiredness alone. As tiredness occurs physically among people, in the same manner, tiredness occurs spiritually among the servants of God. At a certain time in the ministry of Peter, an apostle of our Lord announced saying, “… I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.” (John 21:3) Obviously life became uneventful to the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ after the Master had ascended into heaven. They became lethargic and the fisher of men suddenly desired to fill the gap of their evangelism ministry with fishing for catfish and tilapia in the enterprises of worldliness.

Persecution may trigger off spiritual drainage. Many servants of God had abandoned their callings today because of persecution.  Some servants of God encountered unusual difficulty in their ministries, and they wondered, why has thing become so unbearable. At a certain time in the ministry of Prophet Elijah, he left his post at the province of Ahab and ran for his life when Jezebel threatened to kill him. “But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”  (I King 19:4) The Prophet who spoke to Ahab at the express power of God that rain would not fall for three and a half year in the kingdom of Ahab. The Prophet who called fire from above to light his offering in order to bring revival into Israel and turn the hearts of people to God.  “And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.” (2 Kings 1:10) The Prophet that called fire to consume the Captain of fifty and his fifty, ran away from his post because of the threatening of Jezebel, the wife of king Ahab. That was the effect of frustration in the ministry of a faithful servant of God when spiritual drainage set it.  After he was one day journey away from his post, the word of the Lord came to Elijah saying, “ … What doest thou here, Elijah?” God reminded the Prophet because He did not find Elijah where he was expected to be for His glory.

The wise servants of God would choose another spiritual approach when they became spiritually drained. They understand that tired time in their ministry is quickening time for refueling, refreshing, and refilling.  When Moses got to the crossroad in his ministry when Pharaoh told him “… Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.” (Exodus 5:2) As a result, king Pharoah increased the burdens of the Israelites in Egypt. Moses returned to God for refreshing and refueling and said, “since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all. (Exodus 5:23) God responded to the frustration and spiritual drainage of Moses and declared, “… I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians (Exodus 6:2-3, 6-7) From that moment onward, the catalogues of miracles that led to the deliverance of the Israelites from the hands of the Egypt began.  God stood by His word and the people of God were delivered from their captivity of Egypt with the stretch arms of Almighty God.

God did not give Israel His people to the desire of their enemy, Haman the Agagite during the reign of Queen Esther. Haman took a contract of death upon the Israelites in Shushan to destroy them and sought the approval of the king. “If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.” And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee. (Esther 3:9,11) Mordecai got the wind of the wicked plans of Haman against the Israelites and the approval of the king. He became so sad and downcast.  Openly he wept and the information of his anguish and sorrow came to the knowledge of his niece, Queen Esther. Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:15-16) After the Queen and the people of God waited in fasting and praying, the mercy of God prevailed. The table of destruction that Haman planned turned against him. At the command of the same king, Haman was hung on the same gallows he made for the destruction of Jews in Shushan.

Are you weary or are you discourage in your calling as the servant of God? Are you at the point of confusion and you do not know what to do?  It is not the time to give up.  It is refueling time. It is time for refreshing.  It is the right time to seek the face of God and ask Him to intervene in your ministry like Moses.  It is time to ask God for His help like Queen Esther. Waiting always precedes refueling. People normally wait at the restaurant to be served. Cars always wait at the gas station to be refueled. The spiritual strategy of the downcast moment is waiting before the Living God. We should wait in consecration, in holiness, in faithfulness in prayer and absolutely trusting the Living God to renew our strength. The scripture reminded us that, “He gives power to the faint and increases the strength of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31) 

Jesus Christ specifically told the disciples that they should remain in Jerusalem until they receive power from above. “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49) The disciples waited in the city of Jerusalem as our Lord Jesus Christ commanded. They gathered together in one accord in the Upper room praying, breaking the bread of life and seeking the face of the Heavenly Father. The disciples experienced the Pentecostal Power as promised by our Lord Jesus Christ. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:2-4) The disciples were filled with the anointing of Holy Spirit for the purpose of Heavens agenda in their calling.  That was why Christianity reach every nooks and cranny of the world today.

Perhaps you are in the middle of your mountain top experience, the quest is getting tough, and weakness is setting in, and your spiritual energy is getting low, and you find yourself drifting away because the wind of the worldliness is tossing you about. The dire situation is suggesting that it is time to anchor yourself unto Jesus Christ in faith. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) Anchor yourself unto Him because He is the author and finisher of our faith. Wait faithfully on Him to be refueled and re-energized. The Lord will renew your spiritual strength. You will not be put to shame, and you will certainly reach your mountain top experience in your calling, in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer: Merciful Father, here I am at the crossroads of my life.  Oh Lord, I need you more than anything in my life for your divine sustenance. My spiritual energy is dissipating, let me anchor myself in Thee. I need your divine refilling. In your mercy and compassion, please Lord equip me with your power, refuel me and refresh me with the anointing of Holy Spirit for Your heavenly agenda in my life, in Jesus name, Amen.

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