It is believed that to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, I am however more pertinent about what triggers the action in the first place. Nothing exists without an origin except the One who is the beginning of all things. The creator and sustainer of all and is yet sustained and upheld by none. Whatever happens or whatever action a man takes is always as a result of something. Prizes may be won (they are won because the winner worked hard and therefore deserved a due compensation or a show of appreciation), gifts may be given and even though they may be undeserved, they are however given out of the benevolent heart of the giver, out of his/ her bosom of mercy and compassion; and even in exceptional cases where the giver does not seem to comprehend why he or she is doing such an act, there is still a cause just that it is beyond the intellectual comprehension of the subject. Usually, men could do things they seem not to have reasons for; this is simply because it is beyond their mind to articulate, or intellect to comprehend. Nothing at all is ever without a reason or a cause.
You may ask me why I write and publish; well, I have dozens of reasons for that.
No one is on earth without a cause, no one is a biological accident irrespective of the circumstance surrounding the conception of such an individual or/ and eventually the birth.
The condition necessary for the formation of a fetus is the meeting of the sperm cell from the man with the egg from the woman. Once this is achieved, then conception has been initiated. It doesn’t matter if the two parties involved met at a one night stand; weather is a rape situation or in a proper marriage setting.
The meeting of the two parties may not be correct, but what is needed has been met so a human being is already in view.
The word of God speaking to all of us says that all the days of our lives have been written in His book before one of them came to pass (Psalm 139). This means that before we were born just like the prophet Jeremiah, all that God had designed us to be and do was already written, all that is demanded of us is to pipe into the everlasting streams of God and let the scroll containing that which has been written concerning us be opened, and we, by an act of our own will, yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit even as He supplies grace; we act. We are actors on a stage in a theater called earth. The scriptwriter is our father and creator, the maker of all, seen and unseen, from whom all things precipitated from. We are expected to act accurately in accordance to what has been written. We also have veteran actors; the likes of Father Abraham, David, Solomon, Peter, Paul, James and so many more, those who have acted accurately and are now gathered as the cloud of witnesses, watching how you and I will act our roles and live out our purposes.
If Adam had a purpose and a cause for his existence, how much more you and I? He had a script he was designed to act out.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth Gen. 1: 28
Jesus Christ while on earth had a cause for which He came, lived and died for as we will see subsequently in this very piece.
Let me share a thought with us:
I always admonish people to see themselves as the best ever, I strongly uphold or rather choose to believe that when God created any one of us, He did not create with the mind that He had other people to create, therefore, He gave such the very best He could have ever done. This explains why I am as tall as I am, I think and perceive the way I do, this explains why no one is exactly like me in all ways 100%; vice versa you. Uniquely designed for a cause.
Everyone is a believer and believes in a cause; even the average man who has no sense of purpose still has some conviction of a particular cause in his mind. Atheist as well as free thinkers are not exempted. Your exact fashion and unique nature is proof that you were made for something no one else is made for. One of the biggest problems in life is that often times, people try to be and live someone else’s life, prescription or pattern; or allow people live their lives for them and dictate who they should be, what they should do, how and when it should be done. This is wrong because as long as any of us is alive on this earth, we are alive for a purpose and there is a cause to our existence; God created us all as single, complete and independent entities in a sense. This doesn’t mean we do not need God or each other however. This is why there is such a wide variance in graces and gifting divinity has blessed us with. No two people in the history of humanity have the exact measure and proportion of graces and gifting, there must be a very significant level of difference if brisk observation is done.
Let’s peep through and see things from the scriptural perspective.
“1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month. 4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jer. 1: 1- 5.
Theologians and bible scholars say the prophet Jeremiah was about seventeen years of age when he had this encounter. The words came to him and he was explicitly told that the cause for which he was created was to be a prophet not unto families alone but ultimately unto nations. Courtesy of this, he had spiritual sight and intelligence more than someone else who probably was created to set an example in maybe family life, or someone who was created for the purpose of being a kingdom financier.
“6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. 11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. 12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. 13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north. 14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. 16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands” Jer. 1: 6- 16.
Here we see the prophet being encouraged and admonished, and a promise to be delivered where and when necessary (God is king and is not compelled to provide back up for a mission He did not commission, this means we ought to ensure we are sent; I am however glad that there is a provision in God called mercy and this provision called mercy always triumph over judgment) after this, his mouth was touched and then he began his ministry, the cause for which he was created and alive on the earth surface. I am afraid to say that not all of us may be……. set over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant…… these words were specifically spoken to the prophet and not to all; it is unlike John 1: 12 that tells us all that if only we believe, we now have the authority to be called sons of God, this is even limited to those who believe. In my pieces “When Is It Rightly The Word Of God Or Sorcery (I)”, “When Is It Rightly The Word Of God Or Sorcery (II)” and “When Is It Rightly The Word Of God Or Sorcery (III)” I did justice to this. From that point onwards, we could see what became of the young man.
The same prophet was asked what he saw, after he had answered, he was told he had answered well. Sight became a default feature because of the cause he was born for.
Provision ALWAYS follow vision.
“1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. 2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines” Judg. 13: 1- 5.
The sole intent why Samson was born was to be a deliverer to the children of Israel, this explains why he had to maintain his consecration and purity because this formed the basis and premise upon which the Holy Spirit could take hold of him and accomplish impossible tasks such as lighting the tail of thirty foxes, killing men with the jaw bone of a donkey, devouring a lion, uprooting a city gate and climbing a mountain with it and lots more.
Samson was fashioned and built for such a cause and he lived for it and was a tool by which God brought terror on the enemies of His people until he gradually made himself useless and inhabitable for the Holy Spirit without Whom Samson could do absolutely nothing.
Do not think that Samson was some a giant with some awesome physique, well built with triceps and all that. No, he was a normal man who all he needed to do was to keep the four basic rules that guarded any Nazareth which are:
- Stay off women;
- Avoid strong drinks;
- Touch nothing dead and
- No razor must touch his head.
From the live story of Samson, we can deduce that from the moment a man ceases to live for his purpose and the cause for which he was created, built and fashioned, such a man will not only be useless, but will cease to live and begin to exist. He will be good only for the least and dishonorable of tasks.
“16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth” Ex. 9: 16.
“17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth” Rom. 9: 17.
This proofs that even the man living in rebellion against the precepts ordinance of God has a cause and a purpose, although this may be negative, it’s still an ‘omen’ before Jehovah. He is wisdom personified and is specialize in turning anything around for good as it pleases Him.
God used an unbelieving king, Artaxerxes to build Jerusalem. All Nehemiah did was to ask, and all he needed were duly given.
“1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. 2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, 3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? 4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it. 6 And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. 7 Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah; 8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.” Neh. 2: 1- 8
Even an unbelieving king has a cause, he was a tool in God’s hands and was used.
“28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; 2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: 3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. 4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” Isa. 44: 28, 45: 1- 4.
Here we see a king used as a tool to establish the counsel of Jehovah on earth.
Indeed the heart of a king is in the Lord’s hands and like a water course, He directs it any path He chooses.
No one is alive today and is void of a cause or purpose.
There is always a cause and a purpose to everything.
To be continued…………