For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans15:4 KJV)
Someone said one time that the Bible is a history book. That of course has some element of truth to it but it’s better put this way- the Bible is the word of God and it recounts some pieces of history. It gives us stories of how men and women who lived on earth before us walked with God and the results they got from their walking with God. Here we want to look at a few examples of these men and women in their unique experiences. Their experiences would enable you to model your life in other to achieve a desired outcome in life.
The Bible did not give a lot of account into the life as it did with some others but the little it told about him were so profound. And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. (Genesis5:24 KJV) again the Bible says more in Hebrews. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews11:5-6 KJV)
The man’s account is so inspiring. He walked this world and pleased God so much that he was the first man who was translated and did not see death. He walked with God daily. He was not a secret follower. Everyone knew him. They knew that he did not make any decision, utter any word or undertake any action without consulting with the Spirit of God. He simply walked with God and his walk with God yielded amazing results – God took him away from the world.
God is desirous that we walk with him with the dedication and commitment with which Enoch walked with him. One may wonder, how does walking with God ensure that I overcome the troubles and problems that will face me on earth? Well, remember that by walking with God, you receive guidance and direction from him. You will not lose your way or stumble by the waysides of life. Jesus said, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12. I can honestly tell you that without Him you are in total darkness and hopeless in life. Walking with Him, gives a great face lift against the darkness and storms of life. Let your day by day walk have the same testimony Enoch had!
Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6 and James 2:23 all say the same thing, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness”. So vital is this man’s act of faith that four different scriptures mentioned it. If you study the life of Abraham, you cannot help but be inspired by this man’s life.
God asked him to follow him at an early age of his life. He abandoned the riches that would have come from his earthly father and answered the call of God. God began to bless him but he could not have a child. Perhaps you are like Abraham, having followed God against seemingly preferable options. Now you are trusting God for a miracle in one area of your life or the other. It was same for Abraham but the bible teaches us what actually happened with him. Sometimes it was hard for him to keep believing, sometimes doubt attacked his mind, sometimes it was as though the desired miracle was never going to happen anymore. The word shows us what Abraham did.
Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! (Romans4:19-24 MSG)
The long waited promised child finally came. God tried Abraham again. Abraham offered a long waited promised when requested to do so thereby wrote his name in the hall book of firm – Father of all faith!!! Everything seemed against Abraham except his unflinching belief in the word that God spoke to him. We must copy Abraham, follow the words God spoke to is regardless of what is up against us. Be resolute to pass the trial that you may be facing at the moment. Definitely you will emerged stronger in HIM.
There are not a lot of women whose example is so profound as that of the Queen Esther in the Bible. Taken as a slave to a foreign land as a little girl, Esther miraculously found herself as the wife of the king in another country. However when things went sour and there was a decree to destroy Esther and her people, we saw a different kind of warrior in Esther.
Esther declaration in the following verses are inspiring, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me; and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also and my maids will fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish. (Esther4:16 AMP)
In other words, Esther signed her own death warrant. What gave her such boldness? She knew that the fasting and prayer session would yield results. She knew that if they prayed, God would respond. Perhaps you are in a situation where it seems as though all hell has broken lose and there is no hope. Perhaps it’s time to borrow a leaf from Esther and embark on a prayer and fasting session to the God of heaven who answers prayers. What God does for one person, he can do for another under the same circumstances.
David was another man in the Bible whose life is exemplary according to the word of God. God relates with us because David was a man who was far from perfect. David basically broke all the laws in the book yet God said he was the man after his own heart. The Bible thus shows that what God needs from us is a heart like David. God is not looking for perfect men but men whose hearts are perfect toward Him.
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. (Psalms27:4 KJV)
Imagine the desires and thoughts of this man’s heart. In another verse he described how hungry he is for God. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? (Psalms42:1-3 KJV). God showing us just how much the man was desirous for him.
God wants us as believers to be in a close fellowship with him and these must be borne from a hunger for fellowship with him day by day. David was blessed in his lifetime, and these blessings were borne out of a closely knit fellowship with the Spirit of God. God must surely bless you if you can walk day by day with HIM