Brethren, one of the
strongest and most effective instrumentalities that influence a man’s
decision or choice of action is the voice of men! It is practically
inevitable, though not to have voices coming in form of opinions,
suggestions or comments, we must be vary careful with the sort of voices
that we allow to influence us.
They come when we are
about to make very vital decisions or take important steps in life.
Sometimes, they influence us positively and so may be taken for God’s,
provided they are in line with the scriptures – for it is not all voices
that sound reasonable that are scriptural. Most of the times, they can
be so discouraging and weakening that, if one is not graced by God, one
may almost be distracted – and distraction is the enemy of distinction.
A great majority of Men of
God and children of God have lost their calling, blessings and destinies
because they have allowed the voice of the people to prevail over what
God originally wants them to do or become. May be you also have been
influenced at some point of your decision making, I mean, when you have
considered so greatly what people would say.
The root and origin of
King Saul’s [first king in Israel] fall [physically speaking] is
traceable to the truth that he allowed the voice of men to influence
If you read through the
book of 1Samuel 13:1
– 15, you’ll
discover that what moved Saul to run ahead of God’s ordained order of
sacrificing was the voice (opinion) of the People.
Also, in Chapter 15 of the
same book, King Saul had disobeyed God’s instructions because of the
people’s voice. The same thing happened when David had Killed Goliath
[chapter 18]. The origin of his wanting to take the poor boy’s life was
what the women were singing. He had forgotten that for David to have
‘killed his ten thousands’ as against his own ‘thousands’ was only a
fulfilment of the scripture that say that “one will move a thousand and
two, ten thousand.” In other words, David’s achievement would not have
been easily possible without his encouragement.
Unfortunately for King
Saul, the same voices that hailed him at his triumph brought him down
for another. Be careful – for if the voice of men has indeed appointed
you for a mission, the same will disappoint you.
It is just a matter of
The book of 1Kings 13:1 –
31 reveals the story of a prophet of God, sent on a mission and
accomplished it tremendously. However, on his return journey home [just
after the mission accomplished], he was distracted by the voice of ‘an
old prophet’ [‘old’ talks about age, experience, achievements, e.t.c.,
of any body, every word (voice) must be tested and proven right by the
word of God and the leading of God on your inside.
In conclusion, Where as
the voice of men will always distract, discourage and eventually
disappoint you, the voices of the Spirit of God will forever strengthen
and consequently land you in an unexplainable miracle if discovered.
God bless you.
President 1998 – 2000)