You need to know these things or perish in ignorance. God has even refused to accept ignorance as an excuse or why else would He insist that Jesus would not come back until the gospel has been preached to every tribe and people. Or why else would He bring all these teachings my way. Help me answer these questions.
Without knowing that God expects us to forgive our offenders, how would I have been able to forgive Ayoka the first and the second times? How would I have forgiven myself or Emeka or Kingsley or my parents? Didn’t His word say we should be holy for He is holy?
Would I have been able to control my baser desires with Emeka, or Kingsley or Alhaji, of all people! Would I have been able to accept Freeman or Comfort or Queenie, if not that I knew God expected me to, when He said we should bear one another’s burdens and to do good to all men.
Without His presence, how would I have had peace when everything seemed awry? Or joy even when I was scared to death about Queenie. How would I have been able to please Him, and communicate with Him, feel Him, and trust Him? How would I have been able to learn to appreciate Him, and be grateful to Him and others, to be able to worship Him?
Without knowledge, I couldn’t have seen through my own thick headedness to Ngozi’s humility or learnt a lesson of reconciliation through Etteyen’s life. I couldn’t have learnt to be more truthful or to be submissive. Or to pursue peace through Angela’s life, with the kind of attitude that should be avoided, like that of Becky’s.
If I hadn’t learnt and know that I should pray without ceasing, how could I have positioned myself to receive the confessions that changed my destiny? How could I really accept my new life, I, once a single mother, looked down on and unaccepted, becoming a celebrity, a married woman, an expatriate’s wife. One able to affect other people’s lives. Learning and teaching and then learning from those who’d been taught.
Was it not my joy to see Etteyen marry my adopted sister, Comfort? To have Queenie visit me in Texas. To hear her chattering with her friend, Adaora.
What a life?
A life of fulfillment, filled with wisdom and understanding, living honestly with my integrity. Pursuing peace with all men, in all fairness and humility. Submitting to all authority and ordinance in the fear of God, doing good to all as the opportunity presents. Admitting my faults and placing myself in the position to give and receive forgiveness.
I am an overcomer.
Without knowledge, I never might have been able to tell. If I knew nothing, then I’d tell nothing. If I had nothing, then I’ll give nothing.
Hence, if I were to choose, I’d choose instruction instead of silver…
…And knowledge instead of gold.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Published as 52 Ways to Provoke God. Get your copy here.