Wednesday, 12 November 2014

El-HaNe'eman................The FAITHFUL GOD

Deuteronomy 7:8-9.........8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God(El-HaNe'eman), keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

Before the year 2014 began, the LORD revelead his word to me and my husband saying "We will see his faithfulness" When the word came, I understood it partially. Not as fully as I understand it today. I knew that the Lord was faithful but never understood that he wanted to show himself to us.

The year 2014 has been a year that has seen many evils and claimed many lives as well. Amidst earthquakes, floods, wars(Jerusalem and Palestine) bombs and kidnappings(boko haram in nigeria) missing airplanes and crashing of airplanes(Malaysian airlines) crashing of buildings (TB Joshua's church), global diseases and illness claiming lives (ebola) and the death of prominent men and women e.g. Dr Munroe. The Lord has kept some of us, not because we were found more worthy of his protection and love but because of who HE is . His name is faithful and that is who HE is.

Personally the year began with both my husband and myself falling ill. Falling ill at a time we did not have even a penny to take ourselves to the hospital or treat ourselves with medication. We could not also open our mouths to ask anyone for help either. The lord knowing that we had no one but him, healed us of our illness and made us whole again. In addition provided us with money for our needs.

We live in a country that is not our home country, but by virtue of my husband's job. I had not yet acquired a legal residency in the country because I came to the country via visitors permit that expired every 30 days. We had to apply for a new permit befitting my marital status. The usual processing time for the new residency was 60 days. However, my permit delayed more than necessary. During the delay, a new law was brought into effect in the country where i stayed making it near impossible to change one's permit whilst in the country. We lifted up our voice to Lord and once more he heard our cry. Bringing us an authority in the home affairs department to expedite my permit so i receive it. This was without a single bribe especially in a country where the popular language well understood is "money placed in an envelope".

On august 27th, I had a miscarriage of my first baby. I was heartbroken and devasted. Very downhearted because I thought the lord had forsaken me and caused it to happen. I surrendered everything in relation to the pregnancy to the lord when I first saw the positive sign on the pregnancy test. MY husband and I received this news with joy as we started our antenatal care. We stood in faith proclaiming the word of the lord even after the doctor said he could not find a heartbeat. But we believed the lord even unto the day the miscarriage happened. Afterwards, the questions were raised to God, our hopes were dashed and it was only God who could answer us. I clearly remember the morning after the miscarriage as I came out of the doctors office. A forceful wind came towards me. It was felt as 3 seperate winds and it enveloped me and the voice followed saying "I am with you, have i not said to you? That I (I myself-THE LORD) I am with you" It did not make sense to me either, when I heard it because if the lord says he is with me then why did he cause it to happen and did not prevent it. I questioned him, I was hurt and fustrated but I tried to keep my heart from anger because there was one thing that I knew was true. And it was this "That the LORD loves me so much as to give me his ONLY son" The weeks after was full of tears and prayers to God to answer us amidst doctors visit. And the LORD whose name is FAITHFUL did answer us like he answered Job. He showed us that the miscarriage that happened was his divine intervention in our lives. The devil had planned and purposed to kill me in pregnancy and to make my child a helpless being that cannot do anything by himself. And that was not the glory God wants to display in our lives. He has much better plans. He showed us even a glimpse of his plans for us and we marveled at it. It was amazing......................

Just last month the devil decided to give it another go again. I was robbed of my handbag which contained important documents e.g my passport and my husbands passports. It was purely meant to frustrate us because when we went to the police to report so that we could obtain a report and take to our embassy to get a  new one, all they told us was "they no longer give reports for stolen passports" By divine intervention again, the lord showed us favor, and they granted us the report. Our home embassy claimed we can only receive the new passports in 4 months time, whilst the home affairs of the resident country told us it will take another 3 months to transfer our visas into the new passports. A total of 7 months. We did not even have money to fulfill the obligations involved. But once again "The LORD whose name is FAITHFUL DID IT AGAIN". A week after I was robbed, a lady tried to enter our apartment with a fake name looking for someone who did  not exist but because of security at our home, she could not enter. Another week later, making 2 weeks exactly, we were woken up by a phone call for my husband asking if he has misplaced his passport at a certain shop. He responded in the affirmative and the person asked him to come with a proof of his identity to claim it. He went and came later with a plastic bag containing every single documents that was in my handbag. Meaning, our passports and even unnecessary receipts i even carry around in my handbag. Well all excepts my handbag itself, my phone and my purse.

Praise be to the LORD OUR GOD whose name is Faithful.  Psalm 91: 4 says His faithfulness would be a shield and a rampart and that is exactly what HE has been to us.


1 comment:

  1. Thank God for His unending faithfulness ... They are new every morning