HOLDING UNTO GOD

SUNDAY OCTOBER 6, 2013

HOLDING UNTO GOD

BY

ERNEST ONUOHA

‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will surely hand you over to your enemies, to those you loathe, those you rejected. They will treat you with hatred and rob you all, leaving you stark naked. The shame of your prostitution will be exposed to all the world. You brought all this on yourself by prostituting yourself with other nations, defiling yourself with all their idols,’ Ezek. 23:28-30.

 THE inescapable judgment of God was to be meted to Jerusalem. She was also known as Oholibah and played harlotry as a nation. She had, therefore, polluted herself and worshipped idols. Yet, she pretended to love the Lord and to worship Him. In fact, the case of Jerusalem was like taking a neighbours wife to bed and the following day celebrating the wedding anniversary.

However, the prophet Ezekiel revealed regrettably that Jerusalem’s greatest weakness was that she was not holding unto God and her flirting became an issue before God. Because of this, God was determined to do three things to her.

Firstly, He allowed her enemies to overpower her. It is a great danger for one to turn his back from the Lord and at the same time pretending to be with Him. Is it not scriptural that we cannot serve two gods at the same time (Matt. 6:24)? Such thoughtless openings will make a child of God to fall prey to enemies of God.

Secondly, God allowed the enemies of Jerusalem to take over her possessions. When we fail to hold unto Him, His promises unto us shall not endure. Remember, He promised, ‘you shall not build and another will occupy, you shall not plant and another will harvest’ Isaiah 65:22. But Jerusalem’s behaviour caused a reversal to God’s promises and they were ferociously plundered by their enemies. I think this is a warning to us not to turn away from God and to avoid the devil from lying in wait to take our sweat, our possessions. Under God, I announce today it shall not be our portion in Jesus name, Amen.

Thirdly, God pronounced shame to Jerusalem. ‘You will drink your sister’s cup, a cup large and deep; it will bring scorn and derision, for it holds so much. You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, the cup of ruin and desolation, the cup of your sister Samaria. You will drink it and drain it dry and chew on its pieces — and you will tear your breasts. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.’ Ezek. 23:32-34. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Regrettably, Jerusalem fell into shame, mockery and derision. As if it was not enough, St. Paul added, furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done,’ Rom. 1:28. Every child of God should pray very hard, today, for God not to pronounce shame as such will expose one to mockery and ridicule of the ungodly.

There is no doubt that God loves us as a nation and as a people, He would wish that we will use the occasion of Nigeria’s 53rd independence anniversary to connect to Him by holding unto Him totally. Yes, He knows our economic woes, impregnable unemployment, insecurity problems, the headache in the educational sector and the challenges facing the leadership both in the church and in the country. If only we can hold unto Him, He can turn things around for good for us. Any attempt to neglect this will leave us with disaster and regrets. I am sure Jerusalem did not find it funny.

Therefore, it is our earnest desire today that every child of God should be careful and hold unto God as He is the author and finisher of our faith.

VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre,
Agbarha-Otor,
Delta State.

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