Friday stirred painfully one more time. His face disfigured and distorted with the new attack of pain in his stomach, which felt like a rumbling- boiling cauldron.
Bisi stood helplessly confused. Tears of hopelessness were clearly flowing down her cheeks. Her mind was a whirl of fear and discouragement as she watched her husband, curled up on the floor, writhing in agony.
They had seen a Doctor, who gave a prescription and assured them that the pain would subside and eventually stop, even before the full dose of the medication. Though the content of the bottle was almost exhausted, the pain instead of easing up had become more intense. Diligently, he had followed the doctor’s instructions, not skipping any, she thought, having monitored him. Why wasn’t the efficacy of the drug manifest? Could it have been an expired drug that they bought? Was it a wrong prescription due to a wrong diagnosis? She had concluded that the drug was not having any positive effect on him.
She stared at the bottle with its remaining content. The frustration and helplessness built up to anger for the doctor and his prescription. She took hold of the bottle, walked outside and dashed it against a stone.
Now, was it truly the Doctor’s fault? Or was it the drug that had no healing property? When the prescription was made, the doctor gave them instructions which included shaking the bottle and content before use.
But Friday neglected shaking the bottle, only taking the medication at the times appointed. The healing property of the drug remained thickly settled at the bottom of the bottle, while he ended up drinking the watery top with little or no healing property! The thick dreg that had the healing property was the one that Bisi threw away in anger!
The fault was not the Doctor’s nor was the drug expired. Friday did not fully adhere to the instruction so he did not get the benefit of using the drug!
God desires those that will “fully” or “wholly” follow him. After He gave the instruction that the children of Israel should go and possess Jericho, they did not wholly comply with the instruction and God swore that no one of that generation shall see that good land.
“Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.”- Deut 1:36 (KJV)
“But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.”- Deut 1:38 (KJV)
Many want to operate in the power of the Holy Spirit; to be spiritually mature and articulate, but like Friday, they are not fully complying with the instruction given by Doctor Jesus. The doctor had done his part by having diagnosed the sickness and given instruction for cure. It is now up to the patient to do his own part before health can be fully attained.
It is a covenant based on obedience to the Word.
Culled from “Divine Apostleship”
Author: Jonathan Ike
BISAC: Philosophy / Religious
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