The Word

Hebrews 11:1,2 (KJV)

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
The Message

It’s the 30th April 2012 which happens to be my 18th wedding anniversary. One of my favorite topics as a believer is faith and so the first time I ever stood before a large audience to preach, I talked about faith. It was a Wednesday evening service and my Pastor Rev Chris Okotie had asked me to preach for the first time in church-The Household of God. That was a rare privilege. I remember I talked about Abraham and all his exploits and how God eventually gave him rest.

I felt my sermon was not complete without my talking about the events that took place when I got married. I was one of those people ‘weird’
people who asked God to show me who to marry because I had lost all confidencein my ability to make a right choice. Eventually, after I had been dumped a few times, the Lord began to speak to my heart about my husband Iyke. At the time he was a good friend of mine but we were not on the marriage page at all. I knew he had a soft spot for me but did not encourage it. When the Lord now brought him to the marriage page I could no longer keep him at bay.

We eventually got together and started to plan our getting married. It was my greatest act of faith- attempting to get married without
having the required resources. I come from Mbaise, in Imo State in Nigeria and we are known for very costly traditional weddings. Not to talk of a white wedding and all the trimmings that go with it. My parents were really low on cash at the time, so Iyke and I were alone. However we had the approval of the Lord and He showed Himself to be faithful. Please don’t ask me why we did not just go to the registry and get married. That was an option, but the Lord said we should trust Him. Moreover, I had my dreams of being a simple but lovely bride given away in a beautiful ceremony. What is wrong with that?

We experienced so much favor and were able to have a beautiful wedding ceremony- despite our lack of resources. We really felt the love of our church family as they supported us through the entire event. My parents were blessed and finally gave approval to our church. Before then they
were very skeptical.

It’s been 18 years since that time. We have experienced so many things together, the most important of which is the four beautiful children He has given us. I call what we did an act of faith in our generation and like the elders of old, by our decision we obtained an unending good report. We literally took the Lord at His word and He gave us far more than we expected.

Faith is the way to God’s heart. You will always obtain a good report when you trust God. The Message Bible translation of today’s text says ‘the act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd’. He is faithful. He delights in being faithful. He will set you above the crowd when you trust Him. He cannot deny who He is. He is concerned about the details of our lives, the little thoughts and desires in our hearts, He is mindful of every one of them. Embrace faith in its entirety. Put all your eggs in His basket. They can never break.

I dare to say that Iyke and I have a good marriage. There is always room for improvement but I appreciate what we have as God’s biggest gift
to me. Having grown up in a family where fights and quarrels were the order of the day I cannot but thank the Lord from the very depths of my heart. I am grateful to Him. We will always have cause to be grateful to Him as long as we trust Him. Thank you Lord. Ck