Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” (Genesis 28:16 NKJV)
On Tuesday night, my bible study had an amazing praise night entitled “Night of Encounter” and it truly was amazing. The choir were reminiscent of the twenty four elders seated around the throne of God in Revelation 4, the atmosphere was thick with the presence of the Lord and the prayers resembled a spiritual prototype of Joshua conquering Jericho.
As I reflected on the events of the night, the Lord reminded me of a repeated message that my mentor drummed into my head of his disgust at “spectators”. I laugh whenever I think of it but I thought about the various times in which I was a spectator at such “events”.
We usually associate a spectator with somebody who comes to watch an event and in the context of the church setting; a spectator is somebody who only watches while there is a move of God.
Can you imagine being in the presence of God yet missing it? That is exactly what happened to Jacob when he had a dream and he saw the angels ascending and descending on a ladder. After he had awoken from the dream, he realised that he had missed God (Genesis 28:10-22).
That is something in which I used to be a victim of! There were various meetings, praise services, conferences in which God was present yet for whatever reason, I missed the opportunity to tap in because I was too busy spectating.
One thing I noticed in scripture is that God never does a miracle for the sake of it. In fact most times it is to help those who are weak in faith or the unbeliever. With that being said, there has been so many times where I have been entertained by the show when God is not in the business of entertainment. While somebody is receiving their breakthrough, I was being amazed.
It astonishes me the number of opportunities that God gave me to be blessed, refined and sharpened by Him yet I missed out! All because I was not positioned correctly with the right focus. It is almost like being present when somebody is giving out freebies yet missing out on the freebie because you were watching other people get theirs.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)
The Lord has so much in store for us; all we need to do is tap into it. My encouragement for you is wherever the Lord is, do not miss out!