‘Then God remembered Rachael’s plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. God has removed my disgrace, she said. And she named him Joseph for she said may the Lord add yet another son to my family’. Gen. 30:22-24.

GENESIS 30:4-13 revealed how Rachael and Leah were locked in a cruel contest in their race to have more children. Surprisingly, both gave their maid servants as concubines to their husband Jacob. And Jacob could have been wise, yet he gave in and ignored the future consequences of his actions. We observe that today some families are suffering, as a result of seeds of discord sown wrongly by the heads of the family. It is our considered view that Christian family heads should live responsibly and responsively too. It is not good for these family heads to eat sour grape and invariably set their family members teeth on edge.

  Unfortunately, some believers today sometimes fall into the temptation of thinking that God has forgotten them. They often lack the courage to wait for Him to perform. But this should not be so, as our God is never late in His actions.

  Worrisomely, Rachael was not patient and so gave her maid to her husband to bear children. Jacob on the other hand, could not wait on the Lord to perform His miracle; after all, he laboured to have Rachael for fourteen years and now he is wavering in his faith. Prophet Isaiah was right when he observed, “Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength…” Isaiah 40:31. Child of God, watch your actions; never be impatient no matter how gloomy things may seem to be now.

  It is interesting to note, however, that when God remembered Rachael, she was able to say; “God has remembered my plight and answered my prayers”. Yes, God may not be in a hurry to answer us, yet in His appointed time He does all things beautifully well. I am persuaded to believe that God will remember somebody today. No doubt, our God is an impossibility specialist and your matter is before Him.

  The Bible speaks volumes of God’s remembrance of His people; “The entire family got up early the next morning and went to worship the Lord once more. Then they returned home to Ramah. When Elkanah slept with Hannah, the Lord remembered her plea and in due time she gave birth to a son she named Samuel, for she said I asked the Lord for him”. 1 Sam 1:19-20. Also, in Luke 1:34-37; “Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s already in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God”.

  Child of God, surely your season of remembrance is here. Therefore, this is not a time of recounting of woes, failures, challenges in marriage or business or disappointments in life. However, it is your duty and my duty to accept with all humility that the time of our remembrance is here. Let us be forward looking in every situation we find ourselves, after all, problems of this life do have expiry date. Your season of remembrance is now, whether the devil likes it or not. Therefore, by faith shout a big Halleluiah!!! AMEN.

Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre,
Delta State.

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