Do not WRITE me OFF!
|"7For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again and that it’s tender shoots will not cease. 8Though its roots may grow old in the earth and its stump may die in the ground, 9Yet at the scent of water, it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.” |Job 14:7-9 NKJV|
Sometime ago (2008) I had an accident and the car that I was using then was not badly damaged neither was anyone in the vehicle hurt at all. Reported to the police and later on the insurance for the formalities that have to be followed after an accident. The amazing thing that shocks me to this date is that the car had just a cracked front windscreen, the door window glasses of the left side of the car were damaged as well as the front and rear bumpers. But when the insurance evaluated the car, they told me that the Car was a “Write OFF.” I tried to follow up internally to get the car but I was unlucky because the insurance repaired the same car that was a “WRITE OFF” and they sold it away.
What do I want to say brethren… as you read this post, I do believe that you have been through situations and circumstances; you have encountered people in life who have told you that you cant make it in life; you are a failure; you are a dunderhead; you have no future… name whatever they called or told you but I want to submit to you this morning that; God has a different report and view concerning you. God asked the children of Israel “Who has believed the report of the Lord?” |Isaiah 53:1|. Many are the times that we take in what the enemy brings our way and we take it as the gospel truth and this we end up being discouraged. A good example is the school assessment reports that we get every time that we do some CATs or exams at the end of every semester or grade… the report that comes out will either encourage you or discourage you. As much as the continuous assessment helps one to improve on the areas of weakness, I have an issue with the teachers, guardians or even lecturers who take the advantage of the results and brand the particular people who have attained the results. Instead of discouraging the person, be the source of encouragement, support and help that this person may need.
I remember when I was in primary school, I had a English teacher and she somewhat hated me and I remember for two terms in class 6 I didn’t attend any English lesson yet I used to top in the subject whenever we did exams… it was by the grace of God that she accepted back in the class and what she had thought of didn’t come to pass. Another teacher was so abusive and once told one of my classmates that she could not amount to anything as she was a dunderhead and as we speak… that Lady is one of the top of the crème Financial Managers with an accounting firm. What do I want to say? Many times, people look at us and be-little us and what we can amount to. They forget that what they are seeing right now about us is just but a tip of the iceberg of what we can amount to. God speaks to the nation of Israel and encourages them(us) in |Jeremiah 29:11| and says “For I have plans for you, says the Lord, Plans not to harm you, but to give you a HOPE and a FUTURE” This tells us that there is a great plan that God has for you and me and no one can change or thwart that.
Paul speaks and echoes the words of Prophet Isaiah regarding our inheritance, future plans and blessings that God has in store for us and this is what he says: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” |1 Corinthians 2:9; also see Isaiah 64:4| Thus, you need to know that when people speak and utter words concerning you or over your life is simply because they do not understand, they cant comprehend what God has in store for you. Nevertheless, you need to be careful to counter every negative word that is spoke over/against your life because, many of us we take some of the words for granted and they end up tormenting and holding us ransom. You need to know that spoken words have power. God created the word by SPEAKING; and Solomon speaks to us in his words of wisdom and says: “Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good a good harvest. Words KILL; words GIVE LIFE; they are either poison or fruit ~ you choose.” |Proverbs 8:20-21| Thus.. be careful of what you say or what is spoken over your life.
Many people have the tendency of belittling people and looking down on them thinking that they can not amount to anything in life. I have heard several testimonies of people who were belittled but later on God promoted them and set them above the very people who were belittling them. You need to know that when someone belittles you, he/she is simply “writing you off”. But I encourage you this moment as you read this, I charge you like Paul charged his son Timothy and told him “Let no one despise or think less of you…” |1 Timothy 4:12 AMP|. I love the way the New Century bible puts it… it says “Do not let anyone treat you as if you are UNIMPORTANT…” |1 Timothy 4:12 NCV| Many people look at us by our current status ~ the work that we do; the way we dress, the estates we live in and even to some, the cars we drive… But I tell you… they are evaluating you and “writing you off” but I want you to know that they do not have the final word for you or your life and future ~ God does.
Some of us have lost our jobs, been at loggerheads with our families and relatives, friends simply because they do not value you, your contribution or anything. I submit to you this moment… you shall make a come back. At times, God places us in lowly places to test, train and prepare us for the next level that He wants to take us. The problem with us is that we are never patient. I challenge you today; Do not despise Humble beginnings. God speaks to the children of Israel and says: “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” |Zechariah 4:10 NLT| for it is from there that God blesses you and elevates you. Take a look at Joseph; he was sold by his brothers as a slave to the Midian merchants and they lied to their father that the boy was killed by wild animals… They had “written him off” but behind the scenes, God was orchestrating his way to his destiny. In Egypt, he was sold as a slave in Potiphar’s house but he was patient and faithful before God and whenever he went, he was the leader because he proved faithful. We need to be proved Faithful and trustworthy before God can entrust us anything.
Look at Mordecai. He was despised my Haman. Haman went ahead and prepared gallows so that he could be able to obtain authority to hang Mordecai and the Israelites on the gallows… but look at how God turns the whole scenario and Mordecai ends up honoured and Haman is hanged the turn of Mordecai. The bible tells us that when Mordecai disclosed the plot to assassinate the king, nothing was don to him to honour him. The bible says that “That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked. “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.” |Esther 5:1-3| Mordecai was a “Write OFF” according to Harman. Maybe, even the people who were in-charge of writing the chronicles never bothered to honour Mordecai because he was a Jew and above all, a gate man. To them he didn’t deserve honour but God knew He would honour him in a better way.
People might/will grade you according to your position, class, race, possession, colour or tribe and all they forget is that, you are not permanently there. Your current status, position, what you have is just but for a season. God can lift you far and above where they thing you can be. That’s why Peter reminds us that “…this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it.” |1 Peter 2:11| People will look at you and regard/rate you as a “Write OFF” but all you need to know is that you are not there to last. That’s a stepping stone to your destiny. Remember God’s promise in |Jeremiah 29:11|? God is true to his word and He will bring it to pass. God was working behind the scenes to make sure that everything was in place so that when He was going to elevate Mordecai, there would be no objections and fights. Many times, people look at us especially in our work places and rate us as per our current positions and the education that we have; and there they think that that is where we belong… No. The place where you are is just but a stepping stone. For joseph, being a slave in Potiphar’s was just the start of his elevation to get to his destiny. All you need to do is have an attitude that where you are is just but the starting point of where God wants to take you and no one should “write you off” or degrade you and think that you cant make it.
In life, there are times that you will be down and people will think that that’s your end and thus they will scorn you, laugh at you and go ahead and exclude you from their programs, workplaces ~ your position is replaced with someone else, name it… whatever you have been through, I encourage you today…. Let no one “write you off”, you can make a come back. Our God is a God of another chance. We should all have the attitude that Micah had.. This is what he said when he was down and his enemies were all over him. He writes and says “But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me.” |Micah 7:7-8| That is the attitude that we should have. Look at vs. 8… I have underlined it so that you get the emphasis.
Your enemy, your situation, lack, joblessness, sickness etc. may bring you down and beat you totally, but always remember, no one should judge you by your current situation and circumstances. Solomon said “For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again.” |Proverbs 24:16| It doesn’t matter how hard you are pressed, you will not be crashed. |2 Corinthians 4:8|. Do not fear. Encourage yourself in the Lord just as David did in 1 Samuel 30:6. Let no one “write you off” and think you are done, just as I see in wrestling… when someone has been totally beaten and you think he is going to lose, you see them rise up re-energized and they fight off their enemies and win. We have our God who refreshes us all the time. Psalms 23:3 says “He (God) refreshes and restores my life (my self);” What else do we need? We have God who is always there for us.. Our Good Shepherd. God is always watching over us. I finish with this word… People will “write you off” but God is there to lift you again. |Isaiah 40:28-30| says “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”
Do not allow someone to “write you off”