ONE PLATFORM

ONE PLATFORM

Once upon a time there was a very wealthy man, in fact one of the wealthiest in his days. He had everything going for him. He had a great family, great friends, was well respected in his town, everyone wanted to listen to him and even the Highest Ruler loved, respected and even bragged on Him.

But one day, calamity befell him and he lost all he had, all his wealth all his family, everything… well except for his wife. And on top of that he fell ill, the kind of illness that was very irritating and repulsive to look at.
Suddenly things changed, his wife despised him and his friends were so sure he deserved what he got.
If you thought I was talking about Job then you thought right.
 
There was another man who had run away from his town where his whole tribe was enslaved to the king and people of the land but he lived in the palace like a son of the king. But he had to run away, away from his comfort zone, a place where he was a dignitary and very affluent, a place where he had lived all his life and was very familiar with. He had mistakenly killed a man and ran away on exile.
But he was okay now, he had found a wife where he ran to, his father-in-law was well to do and he was very comfortable with his new life. He was content with working for his father-in-law; he had been blessed with two sons in the strange land where he ran to. He was not complaining at all…
Then one day, The King of all kings called out to him while he was at work minding the sheep and asked him to go back to that land and free his towns men.
Not to bore you with details he went and he got them out, it wasn’t as easy as I make it seem.
Now, these people were not nice to the man at all, after all he had gone through to bring them out of bondage they cursed him, murmured against him and made mockery of him. They told him he was wicked and didn’t have their good in mind; they said he brought them out to kill them…
You are right again; I am talking about Moses.
 
Why am I sharing these?
I learnt from both true-life stories that God does not expect us to return evil for evil. Not even when the chances present themselves for us to.
Take Job for instance, God commanded his friends to go and apologize to him with sacrifices so he could pray for them, in order to prevent His (God’s) wrath from coming on them.  Job 42: 7-10
Job had several choices, refuse to pray, scold them and recount all their offenses before he prays, taunt them and mock them before he prays, or just forgive them, love them and pray for them.
I guess you know that he chose; to forgive them, love them and pray for them.
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?
 
And Moses? I cannot help the awe I feel whenever I think of him. Several times God wanted to destroy the children of Israel but Moses always fell on his face to beg for them. He didn’t rejoice and say, “Yes! They deserve it!”
He didn’t keep quiet and watch God do what He wanted to do, he felt compassion, he was not happy, he prayed and interceded for them.
Something even more amazing happened: God gave Moses an irresistible offer, “Let me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heavens; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”
Deuteronomy 9: 14 (Emphasis mine)
 
A fantastic offer to make Moses a nation mightier and greater…Would you have grabbed the offer or what?!
 
Keep reading to see what Moses did:
“Then I fell down before the Lord as before, for forty days and forty nights; I neither ate food nor drank water, because of all the sin you had committed in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger.
For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure which the Lord held against you, enough to destroy you. But the Lord listened to me that time also.”
Deuteronomy 9:15-16
 
No he did not, he rather fasted for forty days and nights interceding for God’s mercy on them, (I wonder if I would be able to do that). God’s way is not the world’s way, it is the highest way, the best way. The people who are not nice to us, who seem to hate us, who despise us… God says to love them, forgive them and pray for them.
 
Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you].
Luke 6:28
Amplified Bible (AMP)
 
For Moses and Job it did not take away the greatness God had in store for them, rather it put them on the platform to receive God’s blessing.  
It will do the same for you and I.
Selah! (Pause and think about this)
 
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Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a Christ-follower, wife to Benson, mother of 3 awesome boys, God's agent, speaker and blogger. Writing to inspire you for a better life in God! Find her on: google
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27 Comments

  1. Beautiful post as always. I think that it is amazing how these men and other people in the Bible showed grace, forgiveness and compassion in such difficult circumstances. I am so grateful for His word and the examples we have. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes Kelly, great examples God gave us to help us know it is possible to love so…
      Thanks for coming by, I really do appreciate it.
      Have a super blessed day!
      Love

  2. we can learn so many lessons when we consider Gods word….amazing really. thanks for this post!

    1. Thanks Annmarie!
      Yes there is so much to learn.
      I appreciate your coming by and leaving this note, do have a super blessed day!
      Love

  3. Hi Ugochi! Another great blog post! I have nominated you for the “Blog of the Year 2012” award because of how much you’ve blessed me with your blog. The details are here:

    http://faithlovejoyhope.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/excited-thankful-humbled-by-awards/

    Blessings!
    ~Anna

    1. Oh my Anna! I should have replied long ago, please forgive me.
      Thanks for thinking so about me and Teshuva! This is the very first for the year and I really do appreciate you for it. Will definitely do a post about it soon!
      Thanks a lot and have a super blessed day!
      Love

  4. Thank you for this message of hope!
    Regine
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

    1. And thanks for coming by and leaving a note Regine.
      Do have a super blessed day!
      Love

  5. I like how both Job and Moses prayed for those who had done them wrong, and left vengeance to God. It is a reminder that we don’t need to take it upon ourselves to ‘go after’ the people who do us wrong, but to pray for them and allow God to work on our behalf.

    1. Yes it is Sherelle and thanks a lot for coming by and leaving this note.
      Have a super blessed day!
      Love

  6. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

    1. My own pleasure Katie!
      Have a super blessed day!
      Love

  7. THANK YOU so much for breaking the story of Job & Moses to the smallest atom. The humility & spirit of forgivenss of these great men of God are awesome!

    1. Amen! Thanks for coming by and leaving this note.
      Have a super blessed day!
      Love

  8. Is very beautiful your blog and interesting. Kisses from Spain.

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    1. Thanks Maria for coming by and leaving this note.
      Have a super blessed day!
      Love

  9. Great lessons from the Bible Ugochi. We have to learn to forgive and not render evil for evil. Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.

    1. Yes Judy, I am learning as I go along…
      Thanks for coming by and leaving this note.
      Have a super blessed day!
      Love

  10. Ugochi, thanks for following Carole’s Chatter Blog Tips. You might like my main blog as well, Carole’s Chatter. I have followed you right back. Cheers

    1. Thanks Carole, have a super blessed day!
      Love

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  11. I heard a saying once that the way we behave when no one is looking defines our true character. Your post reminded me of it. This was nice to read, thanks for sharing the msg. 🙂

    1. Very true Rosey, very true. God help us!
      Thanks for coming by and leaving this note.
      Have a super blessed day!
      Love

  12. Wow. Our flesh response is to get revenge. Job and Moses understood that vengeance belong to God. May we always bless those who do us harm so that God is glorified. Great post.

    1. Amen Hope! We all should desire to let God get glory even in our relationships.
      Thanks for coming by and leaving this note.
      Have a super blessed day!
      Love

  13. Thanks for sharing!! Job and Moses are so inspirational – I hope that I could have the patience necessary to live the lives they did!

    1. Me too Rebecca and it is possibly as we lean on God and His grace.
      Thanks for coming by and leaving this note.
      Have a super blessed day!
      Love

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