Many years ago, I attended a Sunday morning service at a Church in South-West Nigeria. On the Saturday before this day, some thieves had gone to the church to steal some of their equipment. The discussion about the robber incident was going on when I arrived at the service.
The Pastor encouraged the members to trust God and not allow themselves to doubt him at a time like that. Then the Pastor invited a brother to share his previous experience on a situation like this with the audience.
“I have witnessed this same incident in my former church” the brother said. “The thieves came, carted away all the Church’s equipment and left a note on the altar for the pastor. The note was written in Yoruba language and it translates: Don’t bother looking for these equipment, let nobody fight for God. Let God fight for himself”.
As the brother shared his story, I sank into my chair in disbelief. Was that a movie story or it really happened? I could not believe that a mere mortal will dare God to such a contest. The incident was actually a reality but I had no idea what became of those people.
That was many years ago. As I began to develop in my Christian faith, I realised that many people also dare God in the same fashion as those thieves but in different contexts. If the scripture clearly defines what a Christian should not do or the things that can ensure that an individual will not spend eternity in Heaven and you decide to live contrary to the scriptures and bet on your luck that God will contradict himself when you transition into after life. You are like those thieves, daring God to do his worst.
Haven read the full scriptures twice, sometimes I get confused when people, especially some ministers and pastors, make certain conclusions about the scriptures and some believers, who claim to be filled with the spirit, don’t make extra effort to re-check those conclusions in the scriptures.
There are times people take a scripture out of context to preach their own selfish gospel; those ministers are like those thieves, daring God to do his worst. As a follower, do yourself a favour and check the full context of all matters in the scriptures.
There are times too that certain people revolt against a well-defined principle of the scriptures; they challenge it with their shallow understanding of the word of God. They probably know that they are not sure of what they are saying but because of a large number of followership, they feel the need to continue to perpetrate their ignorant interpretation of the scriptures. They are exactly like those thieves, daring God to do his worst.
There are so many ways that we dare God in modern Christianity. I like this scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:9; “Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring you into judgment”.