Posts Tagged ‘Book of Ecclesiastes’



Have there ever been a time in your life when every thing seemed so out of place? A time when you’re faced with great adversity and tribulation that you constantly find yourself in despair or depression? Have you ever faced so much pressure from contemporaries and society that you begin to fault/doubt the very values by which you live your life or the very promise that God had given you?Have you ever been faced with such a seemingly impossible task(s) that everyone and everything around you says cannot be done yet you can’t seem to shake off the need to have it done? Are you perhaps in a situation similar to any of the above stated? Or you happen to know someone who is? If your answer is yes, then you’ll agree with me that a frequently asked question by anyone undergoing such is ‘What must I do in situation as this?’ Or rephrased in the words of the Phillipian Jailer, ‘What must I do to be saved?’

The Book of Ecclesiastes 7:14 reads “In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.”Well, if this is the answer, then there’s got to be something missing as anyone would readily ask, consider what?! If what I must do to be saved in the days of adversity is to consider, then what must I consider?

But verse 13 of the same chapter in book of Ecclesiastes reads “Consider the work of God: For who can make straight what He has made crooked?” Now without being too rigid, the verse could easily have read, “Consider the work of God: For who can make crooked what He has made straight?” I don’t know what exactly it is you’re facing currently, but I do know that the way out of it, is to consider the Lord and His work which could be translated as His ability, His potency, His track record and pedigree.

Now in the days of our adversity, we all consider; but the problem is that we do the exact opposite of what the scripture request we do. We often consider the situation itself and the circumstances surrounding it rather than consider He who is our sure way out of it. Most times, we consider what the world around us is saying, we consider the financial weight of the task at hand, we consider the degree to which the disease had eaten into us, we consider the doctors medical report, we consider the stories of people who in times past have tried and failed, ye! we so consider the negative and evil report of the devil whereas we are meant to consider Jehovah! in whom there’s no impossibility.

But what is the risk/danger of considering the situation itself or the circumstances surrounding it, some may ask? Well, the answer is quite simple. As long as you focus on the problem, it holds you bound to it but not only that, it drowns/sinks you deeper into it. So the more you consider the problem, the more of the problem you get into until you ultimately end up in depression or despair. Also, considering the problem or circumstances surrounding you means you may never get to move past where you are for “he who considers the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” (Ecclesiates 11:4) Here’s a classic example to further explain this.

Matthew 14:25-29. Here we see that Jesus came to His disciples walking on the sea and Peter who was on the boat with the rest said “Lord, If it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said “Come”. And when peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. WOW!!!! Peter walked on water, defying the very laws of nature that govern the existence of life on earth. He did the impossible! Conquered the odds and smashed the record books while the other disciples were still afraid and hugging tight to their seats on the boat.

You see, it doesn’t matter if it had never been done before, it doesn’t matter if the very laws of nature are against it, it doesn’t matter if everyone who tried it before you failed woefully and bowed their heads in shame, it doesn’t matter if the odds are highly against you, it doesn’t matter if a woman have never been elected president in your country, it doesn’t even matter if other believers, spirit filled and tongue speaking, sit back with folded arms or even magnify the impossibility of the task, the only thing that matters is that you have the command of the Lord “COME!”. I don’t know what the Lord has commanded you to do but dare! Dare to obey His command irrespective of the circumstances that may surround you and watch yourself achieve the impossible, to the awe of every other person.Peter dared to believe the command of the Lord and acted instinctively on it which had him do the impossible but here’s where it gets interesting.

Verse 30 reads, “But when he saw the wind was boisterous (impetuous, rough and stormy) he was afraid; and began to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”Earlier, peter considered the command of the Lord and that’s why he could do the impossible; but when he considered the wind for it was boisterous, he became afraid and began to sink. Even though he considered the wind and began to sink, we must laud peter because if he had considered the wind before the command, he probably wouldn’t have stepped out of the boat in the first place just like the rest of the disciples.The truth of the matter is, when you have a word/command from the Lord, afflictions will definitely come for the words sake as scripture has said, but it’s your choice what you consider: the potency and ability of He who has commanded/instructed you or the situations surrounding you, either of which determines whether you’ll succeed or be defeated.

Take for example Abraham, who had a promise from God that he’ll be a father; even the father of nations yet remained childless for as long as he considered his age and that of his wife and its biological implications. But when he changed his focus of consideration, Isaac came forth.So Romans 4:19-22 reads “And being not weak in faith, he considered NOT his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being persuaded that,what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Amazing!

From this text we get to learn a lot. First, that considering the situation instead of the faithfulness of God is unbelief, which would cause you to stagger at the promises of God. Remember that the children of Isreal did not enter God’s rest as a result of unbelief even though it was promised them. (Hebrews 3:7-19) Secondly, that considering God in the midst of adversity steadiest your heart, builds your faith and causes thanksgiving to flow forth from within you which is often referred to as the ‘victory note’, and these will eventually keep you steadfast until your deliverance is complete, “For he that endures to the end shall be saved.”The bible says also that “faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God” thus, when you continually consider God by taking heed to his words and the testimonies of His saints, your faith is built and the more you consider these, the bigger your faith grows until like Abraham, you are fully persuaded, unmoved and without doubt.

This is how you can earn your victory in times of adversity : by choosing to ignore your challenges and to focus on God. You have to consciously put away anything that doesn’t add to your faith but does to your fears and doubt. These are negative reports, which made certain people among the Isrealites not to enter the promise land.(Deutronomy 1:26-38) Deal earnestly with the information you allow into you via what you see and what you hear. Be ruthless against anything/anyone that tries to lure you towards fear and not faith be it tweets, videos, facebook posts and even news reports. Guard that heart of yours jealously.

From Abraham, to Joshua, to David and many others in scriptures who received incredible victories, the secret is the same; Consider God!Irrespective of what you’re faced with, Today, God is asking you “I Am the God of all flesh: is there anything too impossible for me to do?”