1David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, 2and had taken captive the women and all who were in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way. 3When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 5David’s two wives had been captured – Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God. 7Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, "Bring me the ephod." Abiathar brought it to him, 8and David inquired of the LORD, "Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?" "Pursue them," he answered. "You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue." … 11They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat- 16He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah. 17David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled. 18David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. 19Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back.” |1 Samuel 30:1-19|
The year is quickly drawing to a close and when you look back at the year since January till now and what you have been through, you either have a reason to smile and thank God or you are seeing failure in you. You see a year that you have suffered defeat in all that you endeavored to do. When you look at what you have been through, you see that you have been through so much discouraging situations and yet you have come out either broken or not successful as you could have wished to. At the same time, you might be the person whom the year has been perfect and things have been smooth and you have experienced such a breakthrough, take time and bless the Lord for the same. Commit yourself to the Lord and guard yourself against the evil one. Remember after a successful battle or a season you have had breakthrough, that’s when the enemy hits the hardest.
David is from the battle against the Philistines and God had given him victory. Coming back to their camp, they meet that the Amalekites had attacked their camp, destroyed everything and taken their women and children captive. This brought David down and we can see him lamenting in |1 Samuel 30:6| but the bible tells that David encouraged himself in the Lord. Many times when we find ourselves in and what we do is that we forget that God is there for us even when we are in such a storm. Instead, we turn around and start finding solutions to what is happening around us rather than stepping out of what is surrounding us and looking unto God who is our ever present help. Consider well what these men must have felt like. All that they had labored for, all that they had fought for, all that they loved was taken from them. Their past their present and their future was gone, seeming lost forever. What did they have to live for? Their hopes and dreams were gone. What had been their beauty was turned to ashes. Their Souls were grieved unto death. That is how we feel. At this point in time, they turned against David and started to blame him. As usual when someone finds themselves in personal pain, human nature causes us to blame ourselves and then blame others around us.
Way too many times, we are so focused on trying to find a solution that we forget who the Master Planner is!!! God is the only place to turn when you are truly seeking direction. Life can sometimes leave you feeling like it has stripped you of things (relationships, finances, friendships, jobs, possessions, etc…) but remember that God has promised that He will restore everything that has been taken from you. The devil has been and will always be busy roaming about, seeking whom he can devour. But God wants you to know that in spite of what the devil tries to pull, you can recover all. We must seek to recover all that the devil has sought to take from us. No matter what it is you may have thought you lost, no matter what may have knocked you down, no matter who may have hurt or betrayed you, you have to get up, pursue, overtake, and recover all the blessings that the devil of this world is trying to take from you. You can’t give up the fight for your right to thrive and prosper in life because you may have experienced a couple of setbacks. The bout isn’t over simply because you’ve lost a round or two.
Your future is full of glorious tomorrows, and your breakthrough is just around the corner. If you choose to hang on and hang in, you will be victorious. You will recover all. No matter what may have happened to you yesterday, God has assured that you victory and a victorious life He intended for you. So determine to be encouraged in your heart today, because the victory is yours for the taking. Many people today are allowing themselves to get down in their spirit because of everything that is going on around them. You cannot allow the external mishaps prevalent in society today to derail the internal forces needed to realize your personal victories in life neither should you let the missteps of others to disrupt your moral compass and dampen the glow of greatness that resides inside of you. After all, society doesn’t govern the affairs of your heart, or the ultimate course of your life.
Jeremiah 27:11 says, “for I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good, and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Our minds should always be reminded of this and tune our minds to be victorious each and everyday. I know a mindset like this is very much in opposition to what the world wants you to believe. You know well that the forces of our society are intended to make us focus only on the negatives of life. Thus my question is: Who are you going to believe? Our God of hope, or the world of doom? You have a daily choice to make about the course of your destiny – whether to the good or the evil. Whether to live as a victim or victor; or whether you will rise up and recover and posses all that is due you. No one can choose the mentality or attitude you what. It is up to you to choose either to live as a victim or a victor if that’s what you want to be. After all, it is your right. As you choose today, which attitude you want to have, remember:
- The enemy will attack your family to get to you! - The devil will use anything that draws your attention and is attached to you so dearly so as to get to you. Families are the most targets of the enemy. Be alert; discern his attack so you can defend yourself against it.
- Learn to depend on God, not people! When things turned sour the same people who praised David yesterday wanted to stone him today. Sound familiar? Love people because they need it. Learn from them because their wisdom will benefit you. But lean only on God. Your strength, strategies and solutions for living must come from Him. David said, "Bring me the ephod (religious garment)" |1 Samuel 30:7|. That’s what Israel used to get direction from the Lord. Make the smart move – and seek and inquire of the Lord.
- Learn to talk to yourself! Words are like fuel; they stoke the fires of faith or fear within you. "David encouraged himself in the Lord" |1 Samuel 30:6|. If you want to get discouraged, talk to people about your situation. If you want to get encouraged, talk about the God who can change your situation. Solomon says: "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life" |Proverbs 15:4|. So start talking to yourself the right way.
- God’s plan for you is total recovery! He told David, "Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them, and without fail recover all." These words "Pursue . . . overtake . . . and . . . recover all" are your marching orders – and God’s assurance that things are going to change for the better in your life! All he needs is you to trust in his word and take action.
My friends it may be that you have encountered situations and circumstances of life that have brought you into great distress and discouragement. It may seem as though all of your hopes and dreams have become nothing but ashes. Possibly, it may be with you as it was with David that others are blaming you or possibly you have been blaming yourself. You have two options; you can resign yourself to failure and futility living the rest of your days in blame and shame, or you can do as David did and you can encourage yourself in the Lord and inquiring of Him and receiving instruction on how to triumph over the situation at hand. Then possessing the directives and the confident assurance if the Lord, you will rise up from ashes of discouragement and despair… To pursue, for if you pursue, you shall surely overtake, overcome, and without failure you will recover all.
1This is the written account of Adam’s line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.” 3When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died… 18When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19 And after he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived 962 years, and then he died. 21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. 24Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. 25When Methuselah had lived 187 years; he became the father of Lamech. 26And after he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died. 28When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed.” 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died. 32After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.” Genesis 5:1-5; 18-32
Once upon a time, all of us we were born at a certain day. We have grown up and some of us have families and others are really anticipating having one soon or later in life. After God created man and woman, He gave them dominion and told them to be fruitful and multiply and subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28). This command was clearly followed and they multiplied and filled the earth and for this reason, you and I are here today being offspring’s of Adam and Eve. When you read the passage above, you will see the generational flow from Adam to Noah. You will come to realize that there are almost 9 generations from Adam to Noah. And all these men lived, begot sons and daughters in their lifetime and then died.
You will read from verse one of Genesis chapter five till verse twenty one and there is a phrase that is so common… “So and so became the father of so and so. He afterwards lived these years, he had other sons and daughters and he died” This was the trend of all the generations that preceded verse twenty one. But you will notice that there comes a difference as from verse 21. Enoch was born and He brought about an inevitable change. In all the people that lived at that time, it is written that Enoch was a different man. Not because that he did have many children unlike others, no! Not because he lived longer than others but it is recorded that Enoch walked with the Lord. Of all the people that lived, Enoch had an intimate relationship and close walk with God and he not only walked with God but did so for 300 years. That is not a short period. Those are 6three decades and God took him away rather than him dying a normal death like others. It is recorded that he walked with God till he was no more because God took him away (Genesis 5:24).
The bible says in Hebrews 11:5-6 that “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Enoch lived a life that pleased God. In other words, he chose to make a difference in his generation. You will come to realize that the man who lived the longest time on earth is Enoch’s son. Methuselah lived 969 years on earth.
Living a life that pleases God and making a difference and leaving a mark to be reckoned is not hard neither is it easy. It requires dedication and making a decision to be different in all that you do. It wasn’t easy for Enoch too. Do not think that in those days it was easier to live a holy life then – maybe it was even harder than now. The people of those days were pagans and had different gods that they worshiped. First, Enoch walked in an amazing fellowship with God. I do believe for 65 years that he had live before he begot Methuselah, Enoch was a pagan, but “God broke through in the midst of his pagan darkness,” and for the rest of the 300 hundred years that he lived, he walked with the Lord. “God reached down in grace, and Enoch reached up to God in faith,”
In the 300 years that Enoch walked with God, his walked was an ‘appealing communion with God,’ which implies a life of devotion. Devotion in the sense that Enoch had an intimate relationship with God. Our relationship with God cannot get intimate if we are not in fellowship with him. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:24 that “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” We are spiritual beings and thus we should keep our fellowship in step with him. “You can’t walk with God unless you get in step with God on a daily basis,” Spending time in prayer is one of the best ways to keep our fellowship with God intimate. Abraham, built an altar and worshiped God wherever he pitched a tent; Daniel, prayed three times a day facing Jerusalem; and Jesus, spent time in the morning in prayer with the Father. Prayer helps us not only to communicate with our God but also helps us to know his will and we get his guidance in our day to day life.
Walking with God entails a life of separation. If you’re going to be in step with God, you’re out of step with this old world. There are some things you ought not to do if you belong to the Lord. Walking with God means a life of proclamation. Jude 14 says that “Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints…” If we are to make a difference in our generation we need to really step out of our cocoons and speak out the truth of the gospel of Christ to the people as Enoch did. Our fellowship with him should be constant and intimate walking in step with him daily. Jabez is another man in the bible who made a difference (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). The bible tells us that his name meant pain but he cried unto the Lord so that he could change his life and bless him and God Honoured his prayer.
This life needs people who will stand out and make a remarkable difference. It doesn’t matter the challenges that they will face but if they are ready to stand out from the crowd, God will stand with them. Hebrew 9:27 says “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” If I were to ask you; if you died now, what will you be accredited for? What will you be judged on? Caleb and Joshua stood out of the 12 spies that were sent to spy the land they gave a positive report and out of the 12, only the two of them entered the promise land. Choose today to stand out of the crowd and be counted. Be of positive influence and walk with the Lord and make a difference in your generation and time.
2It is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” - 3“a voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ “4And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I Baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:2-8
The Christmas season is here with us again. I know that this is a season where we all have different plans of how we will spend the season. Some of us go for vacations; others spend their time with their beloved ones and family. Generally, this is a festive season characterized with a lot of traveling, celebration gatherings and family reunions as well catching up with family members that we haven’t met for a while. In this same season, the reason for this celebration is the coming of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t be having such a season. For me, I do thank god for this because the bible tells us that there is a time and season for everything and every purpose under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and everything has got its purpose.
You will come to realize that before anything happens, there is a time that is set aside to prepare for the same. If you are in the corporate sector, you will bear me witness that a company will invest much of its resources and time preparing for an event that they want to have to launch a product or service. The same thing, God did before He could send his son Jesus Christ into the earth. The scripture above shows us the same. It is amazing that God would invest so much preparing for the coming of his son and send messengers ahead of him to prepare the way for him. The question that I ask you this day is: how prepared are you for the coming of the messiah? Is this just another time of the year where you meet up with your friends, family members and corporate colleagues and make merry because it a season to make merry? What if this is your last season, are you ready for the second coming of Christ?
This season is known as the season of Advent. Advent means coming or arrival, especially the arrival of someone who is expected. This season as well remind us of two things: First, this is the time when we await/commemorate the coming of the Lord – the great Christian festival of Christmas. Second, it is the time when we should prepare ourselves and our society to receive the Lord when he comes. We need to prepare a way for the Lord and make his path straight so that there will not be any obstacles in his way. Waiting and preparing to receive the Lord are two important aspects of the season. Israel was a nation in waiting, waiting for the coming of the Messiah. God had chosen Israel to be his people. He had promised that he would be their God and they his people. But their experience as a nation was contrary to all the promises of God. The history of the Jewish nation was a history of suffering. They were conquered, plundered and their Temple destroyed by other nations. Finally, they ended up in exile. None of God’s promises were fulfilled.
Psalms 85:4-6 is a cry of a defeated and suffering nation. The Psalmist cries: “Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause your anger toward us to cease [forever]. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger [and disfavor] and spread it out to all generations? Will you not revive us again that your people may rejoice in you? We are were and still are a sinful generation and that is what made God send his son to die for us. It is because of this that we were reconciled with our maker and God to the fellowship that was broken in the garden of Eden. But it is so unfortunate that still, this is the season that we have so much sin being committed. This is the time that people go to clubs and drink themselves out and robberies, fornication and immorality increases all in the name of celebrating the birth of Jesus. Was this the reason why Jesus came?
We Christians always believe that Jesus who came at the time of Augustus Caesar will come again. We look forward to the second coming of Christ and our prayer is, ‘Lord Come’. We do not simply think of a Lord who came two thousand years ago or a Lord who will come at the end of history. We await a Lord who comes continuously into his world, among his people. Both Israel and the early Church not only waited for the Lord to come, they also believed that when the Messiah came, something new would happen to them, to their Church and to their nation. It is too bad that we celebrate Christmas year after year, but nothing different happens to us and to our community. This is so because, in the first place, we do not expect anything to happen to us or to our community – we have taken this just like any other season. We do not believe that God is able to change us or is it that we do not want to be changed. Secondly, we are not prepared to receive the Messiah when he comes.
At the time of Jesus, there were several movements and every one of them was waiting eagerly for the Messiah. The different sects in Israel – the Pharisees, the Zealots and the Essenes were preparing themselves for the arrival of the Messiah. By detailed observance of the Law, Jewish rituals and study of the scriptures, they believed that they would be ready to receive the Messiah. But all this wasn’t enough preparation neither was it the required preparation to receive the Messiah. God required them to prepare their hearts ready for the coming of the Messiah but yet, when the messiah came, they were not able to recognize him because they were not in tune with God to know that the season and the time had come.
It is our responsibility to make sure that the community and the people around us know the true and real meaning of Christmas. Matthew 5:13-16 reminds us that we are the salt and the light of the earth. We should bring flavour and seasoning as well as light the world by bringing to light and knowledge of the issues that concern the coming of Christ. Remember the commission that Jesus gave us before he ascended to heaven? Mark 16:15 says “He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into the entire world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” This is one of the ways that we prepare the way for the coming of Christ. I challenge you this season that you will share the good news of the love of God to someone and remind him/her the real reason and essence of this season – the birth and coming of Jesus Christ into the earth.
May this season remind us that we must be always ready to receive the Lord when he comes. The day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. He comes unexpectedly and suddenly. We cannot fix the time. We cannot decide when and how he should come. The parable of the virgins who did not take enough oil reminds us that we should be ready all the time. We must prepare a straight path for the Lord, removing all obstacles which stand in the Lord’s way preventing him from coming. All the crooked ways in our life, in the life of our society need to be straightened out. Every mountain and hill should be brought low and every valley be lifted up. Let this Christmas season be a time when we look forward with great expectation to the coming of the Lord, trusting that he will do a new thing in our life and in the life of the world. It is a time when we prepare ourselves morally and spiritually to receive him when he comes. Behold your God, he is coming.
“8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 but Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” 11The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 but God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring.” 14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the desert of Beersheba. 15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there nearby, she began to sob. 17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.” Genesis 21:8-21
This is a common story to us. This is a time when Abraham had received his promised son Isaac and Ishmael who was born out of the promise was mocking Isaac. Thus God tells Abraham to send them away. After they were sent away, the water and food they had ran out and Hagar not knowing what to do left the boy crying and went a stone throw away and started to cry. She didn’t want to see the boy cry to death and thus, she hid him in a bush. The bible tells us that God heard the cry of the boy and he sent an angel.
This is what happens to us many times. We find ourselves in situations that make us feel useless and we have nothing to do than just turn away and either watch things fall apart or crumble with them. Hagar was feeling so useless that she couldn’t feed her son and the food they had had ran off and they are in the wilderness where they knew no one and again, I bet there was no one in the vicinity that they could seek Help from. Disillusioned with what to do, she begins to sob and cry away from the baby. Remember she is not crying to God. This is the time that God hears the cry of the boy. The angel comes and tells Hagar not to cry since the boy won’t die. The angel reminds Hagar the promise that God made to Abraham that whoever is called by his name will be blessed and the promise God made to his father Abraham will also be fulfilled in his life even though he was not the son of the promise. It is at this point that God opened her eyes and she saw a spring of water and she filled her skin and gave the boy some water to drink.
We are sons and daughters in the family of God and we are called by his name, but yet, there are things that come into our lives and shale our faith and we forget who we are and the power that we have and the promises that God has given us. When we are in such situations, we forget where our help comes from and the best that we can do then is either cry or start complaining that God has forsaken us. David says in Psalms 121:1-3 “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” David knew that there is no other place where he could turn and get help rather from God. In the previous chapter, we see him crying to God in distress from his enemies and I believe that Psalms 121 is a testimony of what the Lord had done for him. How many times will we continue crying alone in the wilderness whereas we know that we have somewhere we can run and get help and answers to our queries and situations that overwhelm us.
Solomon says in Proverbs 18:10 that “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” The problem with us is that we have other options and places that we tend to think that when we go there we will find help yet we are disappointed. David testified and said that “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Psalms 37:25. The Lord will never us lack in anyway. He always makes sure that our needs are met according to his riches in Glory. The problem with us is still we do not put our faith and trust in him nevertheless. I believe that God does so many thing for us to prove himself strong unto us but yet our eyes are blind to see what he is doing and we end up being frustrated and not able to put our trust in him when thing are falling apart in our lives. We need to ask God to open our eyes of understanding and spirit so that we can see the thing he is doing unto us as well as the promises in his word for us.
David in Psalm 119:18 cried out to God – “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things in your law.” Certainly, he was not talking about his physical eyesight. His physical eyes were opened, yet he realized that he was not seeing everything there was to be seen in God’s law. Something was impairing his spiritual vision. He was only gleaning the surface knowledge of what he was reading and had a great desire to dig deeper. His prayer was basically asking God to give him an understanding to enlighten his mind by the light of the Holy Spirit; to dispel all ignorance and error and take away from his eyes whatever was preventing clear vision. This also was a prayer asking God to take off the veil of darkness and ignorance from his heart and allow the scales to drop from his eyes so that he could discern divine and spiritual things. He realized that the more God opened his eyes, the more wonders he would be able to see in the Word.
Why did David pray such a prayer? Wasn’t he able to discern the deep things of God as he read through His Word? Weren’t spiritual truths supposed to simply open up before him as he continued in his study? Apparently not. The things that are seen and temporal that surround us have the power to dim and darken the vision of things normally unseen and spiritual. We simply cannot see into the spiritual realm without the help of Almighty God. The worldly things that we look upon all day long have a tendency to lay scales and veils over our eyes and hearts. Hence, the reason why some people will read the Bible day in day out and never be changed by its power. They are the same way they were when they got saved. They never break through to God nor allow Him to break through to them. It is as though they are reading this “open” book with a veil or scales over their eyes. And they wonder why – after so many years – they still show forth a total ignorance of spiritual things. They have never had their eyes opened to see all that God has hidden for them to see.
Whenever you open God’s Word, do you pray that He would open your eyes to see “wondrous things” out of His law? Or do you simply read to fulfill a religious obligation? Are you aware of the fact that you can have eyes to see and yet not see what God is trying to say to you at the time? You may wonder why nothing is happening in your life – why nothing seems to change for the better. Days run into weeks… weeks run into months… months run into years – and you are not changed. You are still the same as you have always been – spiritually speaking. You are not seeing into God’s Word for several reasons: You may be living in sin which will definitely cause spiritual blindness. You may have shut your heart to some divine teaching or truth in His word because it didn’t fit into your denominational mold or your current situation. Resultantly, your heart is hardened to receive any other truths, or you may be so preoccupied with all that is happening around you that your heart and mind are totally distracted from the things of God.
Go before the Lord and cry out to Him to examine the state of your heart right now. Allow Him to remove the scales from your eyes that keep you from seeing all that He has for you in His Word. Your answer is found in the word of God. You may not see it now, but it is there. It is not that God is hiding it from you; you are not seeing it because your eyes have become dim or blinded through sin, compromise, or worldliness. From the depths of your heart, why not cry out to Jesus and say – “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things in your law today?”