We live in the last days in which the Bible has clearly indicated that perilous times shall come (1Timothy 3:1). One of the signs of perilous times is a strong departure from the faith (1Timothy 4:1). It is evident in every sphere of the Christian way of life that most people lose sight of God when confronted with hardships and perils in life. When the storms of life beat against our life boats, where does our faith stand? Do we still have the hope and courage to face our giants and wars or we simply give up after a few trials? The Bible, God’s written word encourages us to stand firm even in the eye of the storm, with faith immovable.
I have written this book to encourage thousands of believers who have found themselves in the midst of adversity. Christianity is not an easy walk to heaven. While salvation is God’s free gift and eternal life is ours, our present state in the world shows that we must go through several trials and tribulations to enter into the kingdom of God. That, my brethren is a sign that we are in a kind of warfare, whether spiritually or in our present states.
Jesus once asked, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). Every day in our Christian walk, we are faced with daily challenges. There are fears, wars, doubts, disappointments, rejection, malice, gossips, name calling and every form of adversities. These things make the Christian feel discouraged and many times leaves the Christian in a disadvantages state. In most cases, very few can stand and remain strong in the faith. The Christian is encouraged to keep “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
In the midst of trials and conflicts, the Christian has to be focused. We need to stay calm and have faith in God (Mark 11:22) knowing that our Redeemer lives and at the end, He will intervene (Job 19:25). In God’s sight, what we go through matters to Him. He is concerned about our lives and every facet of it. Therefore, we should stay focused and put our trust in Him, for, blessed is the man who puts his trust in God (Jeremiah 17:7; Psalm 40:4; Proverbs 3:5).
This book looks at certain bible characters that have been specifically chosen to inspire your faith. These characters lived in both Testaments and in various circumstances, each different from the other, unique in its own way, but emerged victoriously. They did not stagger at the promises of God through unbelief but endured as seeing Him who is invisible. The faithfulness and the greatness of God motivated them. Even though we witness their human frailty, they believed in God who raises the dead to impart life in their dead situations: barren women received strength to conceive and the dead were raised to life.
The book of Hebrews gives us a quick overview of these men and women. Of interesting fact is the noble idea that these men and women have become “so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) who cheers on us and giving us inspirations as we look at their lives and examples. Paul wrote, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
The greatest need of the day is hope. Many people are hopelessness. Each time they enter into certain situations, they either remain expectant that God is going to move for them or they lose that expectation. There is power in expectation especially if that hope is in Christ “the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). The current economic crises affecting the world and many African countries have broken the hopes of others. Unemployment and lack of basic necessities in life have brought shattered hopes. The political environment in many countries has contributed to people’s hopelessness. The moral decline in families and the society cannot be overlooked. Many contributing factors to a hopeless people have resulted in a miserable world. As a result, the world has become evil and that evil continues to wax worse and worse. When mankind is hopeless, he is capable of imagining and conceiving any form of wickedness just to survive.
We live in a time when the foreboding darkness of hopelessness and despair has enveloped us. Everywhere we turn murmurings and complain is evident both in the Christian world and the world of unbelievers. Is there still some hope for a moral and degeneracy society? Does God still hears and answers prayer? Is God still able to move on our behalf to do wonders as in the land of Egypt and save us with an outstretched arm? Is the Lord still willing to save and rescue us? Many believers have turned to other channels of support to find the much needed help. The rise of many prophets and ministries believed to be problem solvers for many have taken the African continent by storm. Many have been eluded to follow these ministries in search for help and have ended up experiencing shipwreck in their faith.
The Psalmist declared,
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help [cometh] from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD [is] thy keeper: the LORD [is] thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (Psalm 121)
The Bible tells us that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus Christ is our Great High Priest and “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:22, 24-25). We should not put our trust in man and religion. We should put our trust in the Lord, the Creator of the heavens and earth. He aloes is the Saviour who can save us, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
It is my prayer that we will be able to watch God at work in our lives even in the midst of our most humanly impossible situations. The stories you are going to read are biblical true narratives that have been inspired by the Holy Spirit to be written for our learning. I pray that you will find this book to be much encouraging in any of your trials and help you see God in your situations. Their eyes were watching God and so should you!