THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Theme: The Anointing
Topic: Responses to the Anointing
And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness
The attitude of the beneficiaries of God’s grace towards the results of the anointing such as answered prayer, divine provisions, healings and revivals is oftentimes rather surprising. The example of the children of Israel reveals a grim scenario. When the children of Israel cried for food in the wilderness, God gave them “manna”. The name “manna” was not given to the food by God. It was the hungry people who prayed for the food who called it “manna”, meaning, “what is this?” (Exodus 16:2-3).
This negative attitude is unfortunately the custom of the people of God in several situations. When prayer is answered, we don’t say “that is it!” We rather ask, “what is this?” In this way, sceptics fail to have access to the anointing, as they spend their energies asking questions and fighting against the works of God.
The people felt hungry and famished and rightly so. Instead of praying to God, they murmured against Moses and Aaron. They regarded God as a killer instead of a giver of life. That is often our responses to God’s provision. We attribute the results of the anointing to the devil. We consider worldliness enjoyment and godly living bondage.
Pray that your response to the anointing will not be that of doubt and negativity but that of faith, thanksgiving and gratitude.
“Accessing the Anointing” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)