QUOTE: ‘For I solemnly warned your fathers in the day that I brought them up from the land of Egypt, even to this day, warning persistently, saying, “Listen to My voice.” ‘Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked, each one, in the stubbornness of his evil heart; therefore I brought on them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.'” Jeremiah 11:7-8.
Most Nigerians have celebrated Independence Day in their lifetime. Cakes on grills, entertaining match past, and promise of better Nigeria by our Leaders thrills us. We eat, maybe hear the President speaks and other arms of Government organizes seminars, summits and meetings, geared towards development of our Nation or otherwise to satisfy their own selfishness, as the case may be. Well, Every October One has become commonplace, another day for big events and flying a Nigerian flag.
However, The most expected and intriguing Independence Day celebration approaches to impress the whole world! We don’t know the date and shouldn’t believe anyone who tells us they do, since the Word of God only tells us about events (happenings) before the real-big-deal event: thereby orientating and re-orientating i.e. programing and re-programing our mind to make the Day, knowing that, no one on earth or in heaven will miss its importance; and it will mark a day of freedom from the greatest oppressor ever i.e. Satan.
It is the day of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ’s return. It is the beginning of real freedom, like no one has ever had before (except Adam and Eve before they sinned, and Israelites before they rebelled). Those who have believed in Christ’s atoning blood for their sins and have trusted and believed in Him, might have what an old preacher of mine used to call “Heaven at Last!” Our earthly minds are limited in their comprehension of this miraculous time. It’s a God thing, and try as we may, we can’t peg down the details on how God will accomplish the return of Jesus Christ and the destruction of evil. This Independence Day will release Christians from the many sins keeping them entangled. Imagine, no more sickness, no more addictions, no more gossip, no more unkindness, no more anything that does not reflect the positive attributes of the love of our Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Currently, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us, to strengthen us, to comfort us, and to give us power through Christ’s death and resurrection. However, we are still tripped up by sin as long as we live in this fallen world (review 2 days ago). When Jesus comes, all our ungodliness along with our negative baggage goes away. I can’t think of a better freedom than that. Everything will be revealed in God’s perfect timing. The Independence Day of our God will come when we least expect it and we are instructed to be ready as if it were the next moment. So, in case it happens to be today, Happy Independence Day!