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Sheep without shepherd

We are living in an era like never before, where stability and comfort has been achieved on a wider scale. A world where having internet access is now one of our human rights according to the UN.  While these are all things to celebrate and thank God for, it has also been the reason why many have sadly shunned God.

On our church outreach, I sometimes come across a few people who decline prayer or conversation about faith on the basis that they are OK. What they often mean is, “life is good and I have all I want without God”. In his book, The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis said, “We “have all we want” is a terrible saying when “all” does not include God”. Sometimes as much as it is a blessing to have the comfort and security in life, it could often be the direct or indirect reason why some people live independent of God. For others, it may not be the full declaration of independence or rebellion, but rather, as C.S. Lewis puts it, they “regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it’s there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it”. In other words, they turn to God only in desperate situations, trusting in His help; and after that they place Him back where He belongs – at the periphery of their lives. But the truth is, human happiness and any sense of contentment or joy is never complete without a spiritual dimension, since these find their source from God.

So, as Christians, let us be grateful to be living in a time like this. Let us thank God for His many blessings and the comforts we enjoy. But let nothing take the throne of Christ Jesus, who must be seated at the centre of our lives. He is our eternal hope and joy. He is the solid foundation our lives are built on. He is not an option but a necessity, so put your trust in the Lord again.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths”. 


Be Blessed,

Chris Eke