“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more” (Matt 2:18; Jer 31:15)
This is the story of Christmas. The wise men deceived Herod and went home by another road. The mad jealous king became furious and ordered the killing of all baby boys in Bethlehem. The above scripture is a quotation from the Old Testament (Jeremiah 31) describing the painful going away on exile to Babylon. It was God’s judgment on a rebellious nation. Jeremiah prophesies that after 70 years, humbled and wiser, the people shall return with songs of joy to worship God in Zion once more.
Rachel is chosen by the prophet Jeremiah as an example of a grieving mother who refuses to be comforted. There are many mothers in the Bible. Why Rachel? She is a woman of sorrow and without hope. She was a beautiful woman but always filled with anxiety and doubt. Jacob loved her so much that he was ready to work 14 years just to marry her. But with all her beauty and the husband’s love, she was never happy, for she was barren. She cried to the husband: “Give me children or I will die”. She secretly stole her father’s house idols used to bless and heal in a pagan way. She represents a woman who is ready to do anything just to have her own blessings. She gives the impression of a selfish wife and mother. She was not ready to dedicate her husband and children to God. She died an untimely death losing them all. As she lay dying she named her baby Ben-Oni, which means ‘The son of my sorrows’. She wept until her last breath. She had no peace or comfort until she went to the grave.
Rachel represents the believers who refuse to be filled with the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Their lives are lived in the flesh. The cross is a terrible thing to them. They refuse its shame and pain. Ignorantly they cut themselves off from the only true Comfort on this earth, God the Holy Spirit. That is a terrible way to live your Christian life. Just tears and no joy…God forbid!
You can see that Rachel is very different from Mary, the mother of Jesus. The sword of sorrows passed thru her breast too but she received the Comfort of the Holy Spirit at last. Leaving the tragedy of the Cross behind, Mary followed John and the other disciples to the upper room. There she surrendered her life to Christ and became filled with the Holy Spirit. She saw the purpose of the Cross, of the pain, rejection, sin and sorrow. She saw the plan of God, forgiveness, redemption and restoration. Then the Comforter came to her, as it was promised.
Today I remind myself of God’s Word: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Ps 30:5). I should not be impatient when I suffer. There is hope! Healing, deliverance, prosperity and joy shall come! God is able to change things and circumstances in a second. In all trials on earth, I should never sorrow like the pagans who have no hope, faith or peace. It is my holy duty to open my eyes and see the light in the midst of darkness, for God is here with us. I have no excuse to be sad, weak, confused, afraid or doubting. Let every man be a liar, God is forever true to His promises. In 2015 I shall trust God like never before. This is my heart’s desire today.
Each time the Light of God shines and the glory of Christ is revealed, there is violence in the land. People weep for sorrow like Rachel of old. But in the midst of tears and loss, the plan of God goes on unaffected. Nigeria is at the edge of a great spiritual breakthrough. The conditions are ripe for revival to come in the land! The elections for a new president will be held next month. I am not a politician. I am not a business woman. I am not a religious fanatic. But I am child of God. I am a servant of the Living God. From the Word of God I see that some, like Rachel will cry refusing to be comforted at their loss. They will resist, grieve and quench the Holy Spirit. But there are others who are humble and faithful, who fasted, prayed, wept and pleaded for mercy, the true believers and intercessors, these shall rejoice with what God will do in the land. For God always has the last say in the human affairs. God can never lose! Nigeria belongs to God! The reign of darkness over Nigeria is over. The disgrace of sin in this country is over. Righteousness shall be seen upon this troubled land. Nigeria, “Rise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you!”
I am ready for the elections! I cast my vote for the Lord Jesus Christ, the Desire of all nations! God’s will be done!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God! I am a child of light!
I deny myself, I take my cross daily and I follow Jesus!
God has turned my mourning into dancing!
God has given me beauty for ashes!
God has given me the garment of praise instead of the spirit of depression and despair!
I am comforted!I am filled with the Holy Spirit!
Jesus Christ is Lord over Nigeria!
God’s plan and purpose shall be done in Nigeria!
Revival shall come to Nigeria!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name