Amidst the cloudy weather that threatened rain that Wednesday evening, the Queens hall dining Hall still couldn’t contain the students that had come to hear the ministration of the Secretary of PENSA-KNUST , Mr. Martin Selorm Gamesu on the Topic: Consult the Lord.
Mr. Martin in his introduction stated that many at times there are some decisions we take based on our own wisdom but it was his wish that after his exposition, we would consult the Lord in even the smallest, trivial details of our lives. Taking a scriptural text from Numbers 27, he spoke of how the 5 daughters of Zelophehad took a bold step as women to go to Moses with a matter of their father’s inheritance. Mr. Selorm affirmed that though Moses was one who had a constant fellowship and communion with God, he had it in his ability to give a judgement based on his experience and knowledge of God but he chose to consult the Lord. “Moses never depended on his experience and knowledge of God, but he always sought God.” He said.
The secretary continued, that before Moses left the scene, he taught Joshua in Numbers 27:21 to always consult the Lord for every decision he was to make as a leader, through Eleazer the priest, by the use of the Urim. But the lowest point of Joshua’s leadership came when he failed to consult the Lord in Joshua 9:5-15, by signing a deceptive treaty with Gibeonites after being forewarned by God not to make any alliance with the Canaanites. This was later, a grave cost to the Israelites.
In an attempt to explain the need to always consult the Lord, Mr. Selorm compared two Kings of the Bible; David and Saul. He stated that the heart with which one enquires of the Lord is very important, naming points in the scriptures where God hearkened to the cry of those who had a broken and contrite heart but failed to listen to the cries of those with a hardened heart (Jer 11:10-11, Psalm 107:19-20). In Saul’s case however, he failed to hearken to God’s commands (1 Chron 10:13-14). The speaker added that it is not just enough to consult God, but we must follow what He tells us after consultation. We must lay aside our own judgement and allow God’s judgement to be superimposed on ours. We fail when we depend on our own intellectual capacities.
Mr. Gamesu went on to speak about David, speaking of this King as one who always enquired of the Lord. One of such enquiries of God by David is seen in 1 Samuel 30, where David and his men’s wives had been captured from Ziglag by the Amalekites. Though he was depressed and faced imminent mutiny from his equally distressed men, David found strength in the Lord and consulted the Lord as to what to do concerning the Amalekites. God then led David to pursue the Amalekites and this particular victory propelled David into kingship, hence his decision to consult God was very beneficial.
After David’s day, enquiries were made through prophets and not by the Urim and Ephod (casting lots) except in the New Testament where lots were cast to replace the 12th disciple after Judas betrayed Jesus and hanged himself. It is however important to note, that after the day of Pentecost, lot casting became obsolete because of the divine gift of the Holy Spirit, a fulfillment to Moses’ prayer in Numbers 11:29. Mr. Martin Selorm continued to explain what this meant for us, as New Testament believers.
- We’re encouraged to enquire of God and not from prophets because there is a greater one who lives in us, the Holy Spirit who is God himself.
- God is always interested in the welfare of his people and is ready to give us information pertaining to our lives.
- From 1 Corinthians 2: 9-16, the wisdom and directions we receive from God may be foolishness to some, even to fellow believers but we must hold on steadfastly to what God tells us in the consultation room, even though there will be times when our own wills would conflict with God’s and it might seem as if God wants our will to prevail.
- Consulting the Lord is the Bedrock of Every Christian’s Success.
- From 1 Corinthians 6:17, we as believers are united with the Spirit of God so when it comes to making critical decisions, and enquiring of God on the next step to take, we may not necessarily hear the voice of God but we may experience an inner peace which tells of the Spirit’s consent or we may experience some unrest within.
- We can also seek God through trusted Christian leaders.
- Man has the option to enquire from God or not just as man has the option to follow the bidding of God or not, after consultation. It depends on us to take bold steps of faith, thus we must make sure our faith is a constant, steady, faith.
- We should never look for the approval of men but depend on the very word of God.
- From Jeremiah 11:11, some have a broken covenant with God because they’ve set certain standards against God. These standards include, trusting in the arm of flesh and guarding one’s own integrity. This should not be our portion as believers, though our integrity may be at stake, we must still hold fast to God’s word.
- We must not depend on our own wisdom, we can ask God who has spoken to us by His son (Hebrews 1:1-3).
In his conclusion, Mr. Selorm said to be very successful, we have to consult God. In trouble, we must look not to men but God. In times when we are hard pressed, we must consult the Lord, our stronghold in the day of trouble (Nahum 1:7).
May we always consult the Lord. Amen.
[WRITTEN BY THE EXCERPT WRITERS OF THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE]