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Emerge (Isa 60:1)

Many people are hidden throughout their life-time. They seem to be covered all of their days in the shadows of other men. Somehow, they are not able to escape obscurity because of circumstances that were never created by them.

Not all men shine in life. In life, not all men see glory. The Bible talks of Jabez “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him 'Jabez' saying, 'Because I bore him with pain.” Now, that is real misery. How will God from heaven call the name of a man “honour” and singularly by the proclamation of his own very mother his glory becomes entrapped. As many people who are reading this today whose destiny is glory but are living a life of misery because of the proclamation of other men; may the Almighty God change your story permanently in Jesus name.

Jabez was not alone in this misery. The book of Ecclesiastes paints a terrible scenario of some children of kings. It says “There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: 6: Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. 7: I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth” (Ecc 10:5-7). Now that is a misnomer, but it is the reality of many persons. As many people who are born with glory but whom the sons of strangers daily usurp your rights and privileges I pray that there will be a restoration today in the mighty name of Jesus.

The Lord; speaking through the Prophet Isaiah in Isa 60:1 gave a commandment “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee”. Now, this is not a plea. It is a powerful instruction. Interestingly however, the very Isaiah who was used of God to give this instruction had at a time himself been under cover. The Bible referencing him in Isa 6:1 says. It was in the year that King Uziah died that he saw the Lord. He had been born a prophet and ordained as one from his mother’s womb but here he was not being able to see a thing or even hear from God all through the dispensation of a king. I pray for everyone reading this piece, may your glory not be covered because a man is reigning.

Now, when we talk about “emerging” we are basically talking about seeing a man shine whose glory has hitherto been hidden. When we talk about emerging we speak about making known what was hitherto unknown. Perhaps you are reading this right now and your name has never been heard beyond the lips of your family members, I am happy to tell you that the commandment to emerge is specifically for you. Starting from now, it is the wish of God that you will not be obscure.

Obscurity is a dangerous thing for anyone. If a product is obscure, it cannot sell. If a man is not known however good he is, he may struggle to get great opportunities. If a man lives in obscurity, his life is generally more difficult. Obscurity places the lid on the reach of men. I remember the man by the name Mephibosheth (2 Sam: 9). King David had felt indebted to Jonathan his father and wanted desperately to bless him but the challenges of life including his lameness had kept him away from the reach of men which made him to wallow in obscurity at Lodebar. He had a waiting helper but he was not visible. Thank God for Ziba. This is the exact reason why God is commanding you to emerge so that your helpers of destiny can more easily reach you.

Now, I need to let you know that no one can ever emerge without a fight. Have you ever seen the chick emerge from the shell before? It is always a struggle. The shell wants to hold it back. It wriggles its way out. When it is out, it is wet, frail and vulnerable. When you make the move to “show up” expect a fight. The forces that held you down hitherto will not let you go without a fight. The prophesy over the life of Jacob had been that of “excellent greatness”- the latter shall serve the former. The reality of his life however was misery. He had gone to the house of Laban to serve two decades and as he returned, he was about to be cheated out of his entitlement for those years. This was the circumstances of the life of Jacob until he had that famous opportunity to “wrestle with an angel” and then his life took a glorious turn. From being a con-man, God renamed him Israel. His life was transformed. Just imagine if like when he met God for the first time at Bethel he slept through the light again. His destiny would never really have been optimally expressed.

Secondly, “emerge” speaks of the best of you that God actually created. Perhaps, you are also like Jacob right now having just enough in Laban’s house and ideally would like to stay back in the comfort of the misleading security and provisions of a strange land. It is time to consider whether indeed this is the best that God created you to be. Now, I am not asking if you can afford three square meals or have a house and a car. That is actually subsistent living. I am asking if you are fulfilling the promise of your maker so eloquently spoken in John 10:10 “I have come that they might have life abundantly”. Dear reader, nothing makes a man regret at the end of life more than finding that he could have been a lot more if only he stepped out of his security. The Bible speaking of the requirements for greatness in Mark 8:35 says “Whoever would gain his life must first lose it”. That is the paradox of the emergence. People who are laid back in comfort refusing to try new things or step into uncharted waters hardly ever emerge,

Dear friend, it is your time to emerge. I believe in your capacity to emerge but you must do more than talking about your emergence. You must tarry in prayer, wrestle with some enemies of progress and step out of your comfort from obscurity into visibility.

I wish you a happy month of February.

DATE: Sat, 2nd Feb. 2019 7:45pm
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