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Lesson For The Single Brother by Gbile Akanni

Life as a marriageable but single brother, has a very big need . . . . the need of grace to wait and wait patiently! The grace to wait and wait properly! The grace to wait and wait profitably! Every new day, my eyes, in the spirit, strains into the horizon . . . seeking, hoping as my heart does ask voicelessly: "Will the Lord bring that for which I have been looking up to Him, today? Will He end my seemingly endless wait today?" More so, my days of waiting for you may seem longer than that for which other brothers have had to wait. If my hope, still being deferred, will not make my heart sick, then I need a help which others may never ask of Thee, Lord . . . while I wait on Thee and for Thee! And Lord, on Thee and for Thee do I wait all day long! ?Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.? Ps 25:5. While I wait on you dear Lord, please lead me in your truth and teach me that which I need to know. While I wait, let it train my faith in thee that my life may serve the purpose for which you created it. While I wait let me not only wait patiently but may I be found waiting properly and profitably. While I wait . . . At the proper place! Oh thou Spirit of grace, truth and mercy, there is a place I need to stand and hear what God has to say to me, while I wait. Please lead me to the well Lahairoi, the well of the living God, that there I might meditate on God?s ways; that my wait be not a waste of precious time. O let my location and dwelling place be by this well - the well Lahairoi, the well of the living God who sees me . . . for that was how it was for Isaac. ?At that time Isaac was living in the southern part of Canaan near a place called "The Well of the Living One Who Sees Me."? Gen 24:62 ?CEV hmm! What a dwelling place for a brother ? by ?The Well of the Living One Who Sees Me!? What a dwelling place for Isaac while he was yet single!! While yet in this dispensation of life as a single brother too, may I realise that my mother?s tent may not be the right abode for me now. Though it has become vacant and available for me to move in, yet, it might hold too many rooms for me. And since there is no void in nature, I might fill it with what it?s not meant for. This might only end up as a ?nest? with too much temptation than I can bear. If I begin to move in the vacant rooms of submission to authority, which my mother's "death" has seemingly left for me to do as I like, and I am not moving in with another assigned mother to constrain me, I will only grow untamed into an unplanned recklessness. If I begin to explore the vacant rooms of "the need for feminine affection", which Mother's voice and cuddling used to provide, I will only lay myself wide open for flames of passion to consume. If I begin to fill mother's vacant kitchen table with "food flasks" of strategising ladies, I may only end up on the laps of a strange Delilah who has no better interest than to cut the locks of anointing which mother spent her whole life to cultivate to maturity!

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This was the unfortunate situation thrust on Jacob as he had to flee home, where mother was, to go fend for himself and pick a wife for his future. God's grace in response to the blessing of a father eventually got him the will of God in Leah but his reckless flames of passion got him a Rachel along and his strategising wives complicated his future with two housegirls more, as wives. (Gen. 28-31). Isaac?s place of residence by ?The Well of The Living One Who Sees Me? was therefore written for my own example and admonition. O that my heart will agree to dwell by my well Laharoi! While I wait . . . For the greater profit! While I wait in God's presence, things can only get better, I can only reap the benefits. When a man waits patiently in God's presence, it can only be for his greater good. No evil can sneak in here to ruin me because I live by The Living One Who Sees Me! The emotional flames that threaten my soul are easily quenched by the Water from ?The Well of The Living One Who Sees Me.? This is a place of maximum security for my life and future because in it I am fenced in by the presence of The Living One Who Sees Me. For as long as I make this my dwelling place, I shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, my fruit shall never miss its season, my leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever I do shall prosper, because my dwelling place is by ?The Well of The Living One Who Sees Me.? No wonder Isaac was never agitated, though Rebecca came only after he was forty years of age. By ?The Well of The Living One Who Sees Me?, agitation cannot find a foothold because meditation is the order of the day and communion with the Holy one is the life there. He that is planted here shall make no haste, though the Lord may seem to tarry, for he knows that his Father doth spend the time to undertake for him. He knows, he shall not need seven years of labor to secure his Rebecca; neither can he be tricked with a Leah instead of a Rachel, for the eyes of The Living One Who Sees him goes ahead of him. Oh my Father and my God, while I wait here for you, please send your Spirit to where the damsels are learning to draw water from the well of life. Cast the lot Yourself that will secure the Rebecca for my life. Speak to her and those that have custody of her life . . . and relieve me of the dangerous assignment of choosing by myself at the wells of life. Bargain for her on my behalf and overcome all the delay tactics of reluctant in-laws. Who else but You can know on whom You have placed the same blessing that You already have pronounced on me? Together we shall possess the gate of our enemies and cause the purpose of our God to prosper in our generation. My waiting shall never be in vain. It was designed to bring me much profit. While I wait . . . For the Proper Lessons! Dear Lord, while I wait, may I learn my lessons and learn the principles that makes for a Godly union and home. While I wait, may I receive truths that You have kept for my future and my coupling. While I wait, may my spirit acquire the grace of the husbandman that will deliver me from being a mere "horseband". While I wait for, and on the Lord now, may I learn how I shall bring her into my mother?s tent. Open my understanding that I may learn how to dwell with her with wisdom. Help me now, so that when she comes, I may take her, this Rebecca and not another; take her for who she is, for what she is and for all that is in her. Thou God who is Thyself ?LOVE?, create in me now, the heart that will love, even this your Rebecca for my life. Lord, now, before her arrival, may I truly know the "death" of my mother. May she be permanently gone from the tent she occupied in my heart; for there is no way this Rebecca will come as a comfort, while ?Sarah?, my mother lives, still in her tent within me. May I wait, learning and growing in this necessary death that will ensure that proper cleaving will ever take place. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery?" Ephesians 5:31, 32

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And as for me, Oh Lord, let this no more remain a mystery, but make it a life for me while I wait for, and on you. Amen. Let me not live to see my Rebecca struggle with my Sarah for space and attention in my heart while I watch, helplessly torn between two bosoms that I have come to love. Lord, while I wait, let me learn how to recognise her when she comes. Let me know her before I know her. Let me be one with her in the spirit, lest I be confused by the dressing of prettier girls. When your Rebecca for my life comes, let not the Camels become my attraction, nor the myriads of ladies riding alongside her, lest I miss the real help meet for my life. And when you come! . . . with her in hand, may joy unspeakable make me rise in divine recognition to joyfully receive her without doubt or struggle from Thy loving outstretched hands. May Grace within spring up to apply without a fault, all the lessons that the days of my waiting have quietly imparted to me. Even so, Lord Jesus. Amen! (Article originally published in Living Seed.org by Gbile Akanni)

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