On The Path Of Winners
By Bayo Ogunmupe
Invoke Divine Blessing Upon Your Life
‘‘WHERE there is no vision, the people perish,” Proverbs 29:18. What do you plan to do with your life? What you set your heart to will determine how you spend your time and energy. Indeed, it takes as much effort to live an unfulfilled life as a richly rewarding one. Scientists have recently estimated that the human brain has between 10 and 100 terabytes of capacity; which means we all have lots of room for growth.
One of the most rewarding things you can do is work to develop your mind. Where there is no vision – sense of direction – the people perish. Dissatisfaction does not arise from the absence of things, but the absence of direction. Too many of us merely exist because we have settled for less than God intended. The quality of your life will be determined by your vision and the effort you are willing to put into fulfilling it.
So stop; make a written list of the areas where you would like to grow this year; then tackle the four most important ones. Do not be discouraged, if the one you are working on doesn’t want to cooperate, nothing great is ever created suddenly. Apostle Paul said of his Christian faith: ‘‘I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of Jehovah in Christ Jesus, Philippians 3:14. It is a process; you have to keep plugging away. Sometimes, it will be like two steps forward and three steps backwards. But never give up. It is better to die for something than to live for nothing. And unless you try something beyond what you have already mastered, you won’t grow. So, what are you waiting for? Life is waiting for you – get going.
‘‘He who invokes a blessing on himself, shall do so by saying; May God of truth and fidelity bless me,” Isaiah 65:16. The word ‘invoke’ implies two things, one: to make an earnest request for or to solicit. Two, to put into effect or operation or to implement.
With that in mind, it shall be that he who invokes a blessing on himself in the land shall do so by saying the God of truth and fidelity bless me. And he who takes an oath shall swear by the God of truth and faithfulness to Jehovah’s promises because the former troubles are forgotten. Divine promise is a powerful promise. Even as Jehovah spoke the world into existence, we too can use the scriptures to frame the world we will live in.
When you speak the blessing of Allah over your life, you make an earnest request and solicit it. You also put it into effect by implementing it. This is why God told Moses to bless the Israelites with these words: ‘‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord made His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; Jehovah lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace,” Numbers 6: 24 to 26.
Then Jehovah added, ‘And I will bless them.’ Now, you can understand why speaking God’s word over your life can change things for the better and why the Torah says ‘‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue. So, my exhortation is: invoke Jehovah’s blessing upon your life. God will not forget your work and the love you have shown. Satan will try to convince you that you don’t count for much in Jehovah’s kingdom. Nothing could be further from the truth. God will not forget your work and the love you have shown as you helped His people. God sees you working behind the scenes day and night, caring for ageing loved ones, raising children, encouraging others and contributing where ever you can.
However, we cannot all be heroes. Someone has to sit on the Kerb and clap as they go by. So never think you are too small to do big things. You never know what you can do until you try. Glamour isn’t greatness; applause isn’t fame and prominence isn’t eminence. The man of the hour isn’t apt to be the man of the age. A stone may sparkle but that does not make it a diamond. People may have money, that doesn’t make them champions. It is the unimportant people who determine the course of history. The great forces of the universe are never spectacular. Conventional rains do more good than hurricanes but they don’t get much publicity. The world would have ended but for the fidelity, loyalty, creativity and commitment of the unhonored and unsung. God values what you do, so don’t be discouraged and give up, for you will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time, Gallatians 6:9.