“And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged” (Genesis 8:1, KJV)
Many believers, being ignorant of the word of God, sometimes do not see the essence of submitting to a man of God. The irony of this truth is that if you cannot submit to a man chosen by God, how can you say that you are submitted to God, whom you cannot see? Indeed, the place of a man of God in your life as a believer cannot be downplayed.
In the opening scripture, the Bible makes mention of how God remembered Noah and all who were with him in the ark. However, it was Noah God remembered first. There were others with him: his wife, his three sons and their wives and the animals, yet God only remembered Noah. As a believer, by submitting to a man appointed of God for you as your father in the Lord, the Lord remembers you each time he remembers your man of God.
In the book of Genesis 19:29 the Bible recounts, “And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.” When God remembered Abraham, He saved Lot because Lot was connected to him. It is important for every believer to find a father in the Lord. If God wants to visit you, He first of all remembers your father in the Lord. So, if you have a father in the Lord who is constantly on God’s mind, then automatically you will also be on His mind. Sometimes in certain issues of life and ministry, the presence of a father is what makes God remember you.
The Bible says in the book of Isaiah 32:2, “And a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land”. God provides men in this age who stand as coverings from the tempest. The reason why many believers are easily hit by any wind of misfortune is because they have not located themselves under the men that God has provided as coverts. Thus, it is expedient for every believer to have a father in the Lord!
In the book of Genesis 18:23, scripture asserts, “And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” Abraham drew near to God to plead on behalf of Lot, his nephew yet, Lot had no idea of the ongoing bargain to preserve his life. Many a time, the Lord preserves us because our men of God intervened on our behalf. Do you have a man of God who draws near to God on your behalf? Selah.
“And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Genesis 18:17-19). God said concerning Abraham that he was a man who would order his house after Him. Lot however, could not order his herdsmen into a household after God. As a result of this, in the season of Abraham’s bargain with God on Lot’s behalf, he could not get as little as ten righteous men in the house of Lot. A true father must risk his life for his household just as Abraham did to preserve the life of Lot his nephew, even though he had left his household. A father is one who draws near to God to challenge God concerning his household.
We also see another man, Moses, who also stood in the gap for the people of Israel (Exodus 32:10-14). Paul, the apostle, in the New Testament also did same (Romans 9:3). If you have a father in the Lord, you’ll be spared a lot of things. Beloved of God, the light of God’s word illuminates our path and gives us nuggets to make us rulers in this life. One of such gracious nuggets is the place of a father in the Lord in the life of a believer. Locate a man appointed of God as a covering for you and abide under that covering and you will be spared from the torrential tempest of this life. Shalom!