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You Can Be Different Anywhere
by Olawale Ogunsola
5/16/2020 / Christian Living
"Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate.
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you." 2 Corinthians 6:17.
To be acceptable in the sight of the Lord calls for separation from the congregation. It is a common practice to love belonging to the majority. Why? It is because, majority in most cases" carry the vote". However, a man standing with the Lord is in the majority.
Though to those who do not know, he is alone on his own because the Lord cannot be seen, yet His presence can be felt especially to the discerning.
In the ancient time in the land of Israel, after the kingdom had been divided into two, the Northern kingdom and the Southern Kingdom. Each had her capital as Samaria and Jerusalem. The capital of the ten tribes of nothern kingdom was Samaria while Jerusalem was the capital of the South that had two tribes of the twelve tribes of Israel.
At a point in time, a king ascended the throne named Ahab. This king did evil in the sight of the Lord. His engineer who was always at work was Queen Jezebel. She encouraged and supported her husband to do evil. Prophets of the Lord was spared. The duo conspired to destroy anything called righteousness and anyone called rigtheous.
Wickedness reigned supreme in the land. Ahab's seat of power became a Palace of Wickedness where evil works hooze out regularly and consistently. The Palace was synonymous with evil.
As bad as the palace and the kingdom was, a ray of light was available in the darkness pervading the land. A person, a pillar in the seat of power was available among the King's subjects, his name was Obadiah. This man feared the Lord greatly although he was surrounded by wicked men, overzealous officials and offers under the leadership of a king who only love wickedness and those who originate and execute same.
Obadiah was different.
How do we know this?
Obadiah remained in obscurity, still unknown as light shinning in darkness as the land in Israel until he encountered Elijah. Who was this man?
In modern days language, he was the Head of opposition to Ahab's government and governance. He was the only critc who never spared any word to point out the errors and mistakes as well as evils committed by the rulers of the time.
In his zeal for the Lord, the Prophet, Elijah, locked the door of heaven and kept the keys that no one opens it thus,
"As the Lord God of Israel liveth,
before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain.
these years ; but according to my word." 1Kings 17:1
And it was so for years.
At the ripe time when the Lord purposed to allow rainfall, He instructed His servant to open the locked heaven. It was at this point that Prophet Elijah and Obadiah met. Elijah who could not be traced by King Ahab purposed to show himself to him by the mouth of Obadiah. It was at this point that Obadiah revealed himself as a righteous man in the palace of a wicked king. He said,
"... but thy servant feared the Lord from my youth.
Was it not told my Lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets e
the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophet by fifty
in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?" I Kings 18:3, 12-13.
That was the acts of a righteous man for you.
As it was, so it is and so shall it be. If it was possible to Obadiah who was the Governor of Ahab's house, can be separated unto the Lord in a wicked land, any one can do same. It may not be known by any man but the Lord who knows the secret contents of the heart sees it and will reward appropriately and timely.
My beloved reader, can you also utter those words of Obadiah? Are you acting differently in the midst of the wicked people around you? You have to start being different as from today. It is to your advantage.
The writer of the book of Proverbs is right to counsel is son thus,
"My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
If they say come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for
the innocent without cause.
Let us swallow them up alive as the grave ; and whole as those that go
into the pit,
We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil,
cast in thy lot among us ; let us all have one purse.
My son, walk not thou in the way with them refrain thy feet
from their path. ". Proverbs 1:10-15.
Go and observe these and other words that will make you blessed.
Stay blessed and prepare to meet the Lord.
The Author is the set man of CTFM(WORLD OUTREACH)and Presiding Pastor of Christ Restland Gospel Church.He is a Poet and author of many books. Visit his blogsites www.4thlink.wordpress.com and www.peacelink.wordpress.com for more quality contents.
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