It is Day 9 of the 21 day Prayer and Fasting…. (Click HERE to read about it)
This is the second week of the Prayer and Fasting program. Click HERE for previous messages for the first week.
For today, we would be taking a look at the food providing and storm calming God.
I have attended weddings in my beloved Nigeria where getting food was based on “who know who”. For non-Nigerians, this is the principle where only people the waiter/server knows gets food. In order not to disgrace myself, I just shined teeth smiled with the bride and groom, took pictures and left. I surely didn’t have the strength to bribe/fight/beg for food. For comon overrated jollof rice, salad, moi moi, kpomo, egg and chicken. But why?
Then I attended my cousin’s wedding where all the servers/waiters knew me. I was rest assured and not bothered about getting food. Such was my confidence that I even invited a friend to the wedding with the promise that there was enough to eat and drink. And I didn’t disappoint.
Not only did I have enough to eat and drink. I had enough for my guest. I was this confident because I am born into the family of the celebrant. I was at perfect peace.
I remember hearing a story about a train travelling through the night in a very violent rainstorm. The lightning flashes were almost blinding, the rain hitting the windows was deafening and the strong winds rocked the train from side to side. When the lightning flashed and lighted up the darkness, the passengers could see the rising water along the tracks. This created terror in the minds of the passengers. Several passengers noted that through all the noise, lightning and wind, one of the passengers, a little girl, seemed to be at perfect peace. The adult passengers couldn’t figure out why the little girl was so calm during all the turbulence. Finally, one passenger asked her, ” How is it that you can be so calm when all the rest of us are so worried about what might or could happen?”
The little passenger smiled and said calmly, “My father is the train engineer!”
She was unperturbed, unmoved, unfazed by the circumstances around her because in her words “My father is the train engineer” and she had full faith in her father’s ability to calm the troubled train.
As Christians, we surely can’t forget Mark 4:35-38 which reads “On the same day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Verses 39-41 “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”. And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Why are you so fearful or worry so much about tomorrow?
Why are you so worried about what you would eat or drink tomorrow, when you are born into the family of the Almighty Celebrant where food never runs out?
Why are you concerned about the terrors of life (accident, death, sickness, terrorism etc) when your Heavenly father, the creator of the Universe is the Engineer of the whole wide World?
Why are you so fearful of the storms of life (recession, money issues, business stagnation etc) when your Jesus Himself calmed the storm and then added effizy by walking on water?
Relax and enjoy life because everything is gonna be alright.