SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014.
WHAT ARE MEN OF GOD DOING WITH THEIR ANOINTING TODAY?
‘And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her. And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city and were quiet all the night, saying, Let be till morning light, then we will kill him,’ Judges 16v1-2.
IN the Levitical law, Moses charged Aaron and his sons thus: ‘the fire upon the altar shall be kept burning thereon, it shall not go out; and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning: and he shall lay the burnt offering in order upon it, and shall burn thereon the fat of the peace-offerings. Fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continually; it shall not go out,’ Lev. 6v12-13. The fire is the anointing that sustains the man of God, as he serves God at the altar. If it is missing, ministry becomes a mere routine and empty too. Impliedly, every man of God should guard jealously the anointing of God upon his life as he does the work.
The Old Testament studies reveal to us that Samson was the 12th and final judge of Israel. God raised him up to deliver Israel from the Philistines. Possessing great strength, he often battled the Philistines single-handedly. Samson was a life-long Nazarene but he broke every one of his vows. He made bad decisions, particularly in his relationships with women. This is most evident in his relationship with Delilah, to whom he revealed the secret of his strength. Paid by the Philistines to seduce Samson, Delilah cut off his hair while he slept. He was attacked and blinded by a group of Philistines lying in wait and taken as their prisoner.
Samson toyed with his anointing, a Nazareth by allowing the desires of his flesh to rule his life and later ruin his ministry. The tragedy still remains that this man of God was meant for great exploits, but his ministry suddenly ended due to his carefree attitude with women of easy virtue. I am sure, God is feeling wounded till tomorrow because His plans in the life of this great man of God was truncated. Men at the altar, we need to take note!
However, it is unfortunate that even today, some great men of God are yet to learn from the mistakes of Samson. As it is presently, some allow themselves to be ruled by the desires of the flesh. There are some others whose stock in trade is unbridled appetite for material things. Very erroneously they believe and think that ‘money answereth all,’ Prov. 10v15, Eccl. 10v19. But they are to find out much later to their chagrin that gradually they are heading to prematurely grounding their God-given ministries. It is our considered opinion that something should be done immediately so as not to quench the fire, which is the anointing at the altar.
We must place a caution here that to all intent and purpose, women of easy virtue or money do not enhance anointing. Rather, it could be a ploy from the pit of hell to drown a promising man of God.Ven. Ernest Onuoha Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.