Sunday July 13, 2014




‘…the place in which they were gathered together was shaken,’ Acts 4v31.

‘AND he removed from thence, and digged another well. And for that they strove not. And he called the name of it Rehoboth. And he said, for now Jehovah hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land… And Jehovah turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: and Jehovah gave Job twice as much as he had before,’ Gen. 26v22, Job 42v10.

Sometimes a child of God may be forced to think that when calamity comes upon his way, it is either that God does not care or is simply withdrawn and will never want to be involved. The presence of trouble on every side certainly weighs the soul down. But we ask curiously, ‘doesn’t God really care for His own?’

  According to Genesis 26, Isaac settled among the Philistines in Gerar. He thought he was in the midst of a friendly community. And so, with his servants, they dug a well for water, which came up. At least the water would be good for drinking for themselves and their animals. Ordinarily, one would feel that the community would share in their joy of the discovery of water. But alas! The Philistines pour sand in the well that was dug and closed it. However, Isaac and his servants dug the second time, and again, they made nonsense of their efforts.

  It is true Isaac now moved to the valley and settled. For the third time, he dug another well with his servants and water came up. Surprisingly this time around, the people did not quarrel with him anymore. This now made Isaac to call the place REHOBOTH, for the Lord, as he reasoned, made a room for them and also made them to be fruitful in the land. Yes, when trouble persists, it is likely good thing may come out at the end. It means also that at the end of every tunnel, there is always a flicker of hope.

  The Bible told us of a good man called Job, who later had a good dose of trouble in his life. His friends maligned him thinking he had a secret sin. Even when he appealed to them to be patient with him for the hand of the Lord had struck him down, they never gave up taunting him. Worst still, his wife asked him to curse God and die. It is a pity for a man to have a wife, who may wish to inherit her husband’s property by reaping from his death, which invariably she may have induced.

  However, it is interesting to note that Job remained resolute in his faith and trusted in God. He acknowledged: ‘that his redeemer liveth,’ Job 19v25. It is not surprising, therefore, that God came and restored to Job twice what he had before.

  Child of God, what is that trouble that the devil and his cohorts had packed to your side? Is it business failure, broken marriage, abandonment by friends, political alienation, sickness or hardship? Are you now thinking that God cannot intervene soon in your situation? I want to announce to you today, your season of REHOBOTH is here, for God is going to make a room for you and once again you shall be fruitful.

Ven. Ernest Onuoha
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre,
Delta State.

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