In A Time Like This

  1. From every stormy wind that blows,
    From every swelling tide of woes,
    There is a calm, a sure retreat:
    ’Tis found beneath the mercy seat.
  2. There is a place where Jesus sheds
    The oil of gladness on our heads;
    A place than all besides more sweet:
    It is the blood-bought mercy seat.
  3. There is a scene where spirits blend,
    Where friend holds fellowship with friend;
    Though sundered far, by faith they meet
    Around one common mercy seat.
  4. There, there, on eagles’ wings we soar,
    And time and sense seem all no more;
    And heav’n comes down, our souls to greet,
    And glory crowns the mercy seat.

(Reference: Hymn 466- Church Hymnal)

On my 7th birthday, I received a present. It was from my godmother, Mrs Kampson now of blessed memory, it was a flexible wall hanger with the inscription: “IN A TIME LIKE THIS, ALL YOU NEED IS JESUS”. Today as I ponder, there could be no truer or more relevant words for a time like this. With recession happening all around the globe, wars, insecurity, food shortage and the likes, the world has come to accept her realities as VUCAD!

Volatile | Uncertain | Complex | Ambiguous | Disruptive

And understandably so! But for us under the commonwealth of Zion, there is an assurance; one that shields us from the happenings around us. An insurance as of the Israelites in Goshen; it guarantees us of guidance and perseverance when we take cognizance of the inheritance that is ours in Christ.

As we navigate these times, I’ll borrow the words of my mentor (Dr Lanre Olusola): we must begin to engage a higher VUCAD i.e.,

Reignite the VISION for your life | Seek UNDERSTANDING as the men of Issachar to maximize the times| Seek CLARITY from God’s spirit | Develop AGILITY | Self-DISRUPT (push beyond your comfort zone)

“…But upon you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise” (Malachi 4:2)

While some spell doom, when for others it’s a casting down, for us it’s the time of manifestation, of lifting up…our opportunity to shine bright!

The call to us all is this, in Isaiah 60:1 (paraphrased) Arise! Shine! For now has your light come and the glory of God is upon you. The earnest expectation of creation awaits your manifestation, oh child of God! (Romans 8:19) – THIS IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE!

And whatever it is you need, be it the oil of gladness, a calm sure retreat, sweetness, fellowship with friends, communion of spirits, eagle’s flight, soaring, glory, heaven on earth etc, it all awaits you at THE MERCY SEAT, come BOLDLY! (Hebrews 4:16)

“…Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. (Matthew 11:28 TPT)

SHALOM!

Ibukunoluwa Oyeniyi

THE BUILDER


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