People and Your Journey of Life
Some people are for the whole of your life.
Thank God for them and cherish them and work with them and encourage them to share in your vision or purpose and buy into it.
Some other people are for a season.
Realise this and thank God for enjoy their ride on your bus. Know why they are there and make the best of their presence. Also know when their time is up and let them go. Do not hold on to them even for a second. You will court disaster if you hold on to them.
Yet others are clearly not for your boat at all for any season. But they may come just to do damage. We are not ignorant of their devices. Recognise such people and resist them and throw them out of your land. Know that it is a spiritual warfare. Use your spiritual weapons. (Ephe6:10-18)
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
Philip was for a season in the life of the Ethiopian Eunuch. Once Philip’s work was done, God spirited him away.
37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.
Paul and Barnabas
Paul and Barnabas had a spell of ministering together but there was a rift between them and they parted company because of a disagreement over John Mark. How John Mark turned out shows us that Barnabas was right in his judgement. Even Paul acknowledged this later. But that partnership was over.
36 Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.”37 Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark.38 But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.39 Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus;40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God.41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
Abraham and Lot
Abraham was not supposed to take Lot along with him but he did it because of his compassion for his nephew who was bereaved.
However there was quarrel between his servants and those of Abraham. Strife ensued and the land became too small for them. They then parted company before Abraham could move forward.
5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.6 Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
14 And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are — northward, southward, eastward, and westward;15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” Gen13:5-9,14-17
Ruth and Naomi
Their partnership was for life. Orpah was easily persuaded to go back to her people but Ruth clung to Naomi and we can see what God did through that partnership.
13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel!15 And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.”16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him.17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
David and His Mighty Men
David in the wilderness was given men who were dispossessed, disgruntled, disadvantaged and they were galvanised and fashioned into a formidable fighting machine. They won wars for David and eventually were pivotal to his coronation. God used them for His purpose.
Even these men were not always loyal. At one time in Ziklag, some of them wanted to stone David because they had lost their loved ones through the raid of the Amalekites.
1 Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire,2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.3 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.5 And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David.8 So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” 1Sam30:1-8