BE CAREFUL OF SHORTCUTS, DON’T SAY THAT GOD IS LATE
- Pastor E A Adeboye at the Special Thanksgiving Service| Redeemed Christian Church Of God.
Be careful of shortcuts, don’t say that God is late, let me use my own wisdom, if you do so you can get what God did not plan for you and you may not even like what you finally get.
You know the story of Abraham and Sarah. God promised Abraham, I am going to make you the father of many Nations, he said I am barren, God said I know what I am doing, the wife said: Papa, nothing is happening o, this is my housemaid, go into her.
Each time I read that story I always wonder about father Abraham, your wife said go into my maid, you said thank you my dear, so you too have been thinking …. He didn’t even say let me pray. God help father Abraham and the problem that came as a result of that agreement, the world is yet to recover. Wait for your Isacc, he will come. As long as God remains the God Almighty, if you allow him, his perfect purpose for your life will come. And he knows many ways by which he could manoeuver things to happen. Many ways. He manoeuvered me out of my plan and I didn’t even know that he was at work then and he is working his purpose out in your life now.
I told you several years ago, there was this scholarship they call it commonwealth scholarship, I don’t know if they still award it and I applied so that I can go and do Master’s degree somewhere in the commonwealth, I came for the interview and in mathematics I either you know the answer to a question or you don’t know, mathematics is not guessed work, that’s why people run away from it. I sat down at the interview, they asked me the questions and I was looking at them, what kind of question are you asking me, do you know I am an Honour student.
What is this? I said this is it. What is that? Ask me something serious.
This is supposed to be an interview, after I have answered all questions correctly, the chairman of the board of the interviewing panel, which is one part of the country that I won’t mention and was fully asleep when they were interviewing me, they woke him up and they sir, have you a question for him. He said Yes! Where is Entebbe?
Entebee, unfortunately I said sir, I am here for mathematics not geography and everybody laughed and I lost. Because the chairman was made to look ridiculous but as I was coming out of the hall, were they interviewed me, which was the University of Lagos, I met a man who was my Lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and he saw me, he said Adeboye, I said: How are you sir.
He said what are you doing here?
I came for this interview.
He said why do you have to go abroad, I know your stuff, come to the University of Lagos and I will supervise you, that’s how I ended up at the University of Lagos, that’s why I got born again when I got born again.
That’s why I am standing before you today. He caused somebody to fall asleep, so he could ask a ridiculous question, so that I won’t miss my purpose. In the name that is above all name, your purpose in life shall be fulfilled.
-Pastor E A Adeboye on “WAITING WITHOUT WASTING” at the Redeemed Christian Church of God Thanksgiving Service.