Divine Encounter!

Is Anything Too Difficult For The Lord? Get Ready For A Divine Encounter

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God”
(Luke 1:30 NKJV)

It is a common saying that the only constant thing in life is change. Everything that we can think of or see is fleeting and therefore subject to change. God’s word tells us that the things we see are time-related, transient and changing, but the unseen is eternal (everlasting). Irrespective of the heights that a person attains or does not attain in life, there is always a yearning for something better because the needs of man are insatiable. True satisfaction and rich fulfilment come from only God.

All through the Bible, we find the stories of people with diverse challenges at different stages of life coming in contact with God directly, as in the case of Abraham; Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus; the woman with the issue of blood; Blind Bartimaeus; the bed-ridden man at the pool of Bethesda; or indirectly (through God’s prophet or apostles), like the widow of Zarephath; the lame man at Beautiful Gate, etc.

Abraham had it all but for one thing which was lacking in his life: despite God’s promise that he would be a father of nations, he was yet to have a son. The widow of Zarephath had no hope for the next day-the prophet Elijah found her gathering sticks supposedly for her last meal. All she had was a handful of flour and some oil which she had planned to prepare for herself and her son before their imminent death because of the severe famine in the land.

But something happened that turned around their situations and changed their stories for the best, just like other unmentioned characters in the Bible. God met with them-they had a divine encounter. In other words, God interrupted their plans. Remember, after Abraham had waited for over twenty years for the promised child, he decided to settle for Ishmael and asked that Ismael might live under God’s blessing.

A day came, God visited and told Abraham and his wife Sarah that they would bear a child at that same period the following year despite the hopelessness of Sarah’s case (her womb had become dead). It’s unheard of for a ninety-year- old woman to give birth, but when there is a divine encounter, the impossible becomes possible and a reality. Also, the widow of Zarephath and her son lived beyond the famine; the jar of oil and flour did not finish until the famine ended according to the words of the prophet.

Sometimes, people reject a divine encounter because of the inconveniences that it could cause, or miss their opportunities in life because it doesn’t always happen the conventional way. For instance, Mary could have missed a lifetime opportunity of being blessed and favoured amongst women if she had disregarded the words of the angel sent to her, or focus on the stigma of having a child that was not fathered by her husband-to- be and what people would say. Instead, she chose to believe God.

I admonish you to open your heart and be expectant of what God is about to do in our lives. With God all things are possible. I see doors of favour, blessing, increase and breakthrough opening to for us supernaturally. Every challenge in our lives that has continued for so long, and which has made people question the presence of God in our lives, is coming to a joyous end in the name of Jesus.

Please send us your testimonies; they inspire us to do more. And if you require counseling or want me to prayerfully agree with you, feel free to send me a mail at pastornomthi@tfolc.org or ruthandboaz@tfolc.org

God bless you.

Pastor Nomthi Odukoya