I have heard Dr. David Oyedepo, chancellor of Covenant University and founding Bishop of the Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel, say again and again, “I am not surprised at where we are in ministry today. As a matter of fact I would have been surprised if we are not there. I saw where we were going to and I put into it what will make it work.” The ministry built a 50, 000 seater capacity hall in 1999 for Sunday services and in 2009 began two services in a 50, 000 seater capacity auditorium. He had conceived the vision that materialized in 1999 in the year 1982. Taking a few other references from the Bible it is important to note that Joseph was called the dreamer because his future never caught him by surprise! He caught a picture of how people were going to reverence him.
Daniel didn’t die along with his friends because his future never caught him by surprise. He knew what to do when no one else knew what to do. He had been preparing for the palace before the king decided to bring some people into the palace to be trained. I was told that the father of Al Gore, a former vice president in Ameriaca, had been training him from childhood to become the president of US. He never became the president of US but he came so close to it because he prepared for it and he saw what to do.
Our Bible did say to us in 1 Corinthians 2:9, 10 – “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him.” But God has revealed them to us through his spirit. For the spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. The words in italics simply imply that God does not want our future to catch us by surprise. Others may not know what will happen to us but we should but be caught unaware because it is Gods plan to reveal a portion of it to us so that we can start preparing for the place.
God anointed David to be a king but gave him several years to prepare for the throne before he was returned to the palace. To live your life without the knowledge of the things to come is to live a miserable life. What future are you preparing for? What opportunities are you preparing for? What specific time are you waiting for?
Life is like a man who is going somewhere. When he gets to the park he knows which bus to board because he knows where he is going to. He does not know what the place looks like at that time but he will get there because he knows that is where he is going to. He will board the right bus because he is sure about is destination since his destination determines which among the numerous buses he is to board. For a moment I want you to picture a man who wants to go somewhere and does not know where he is going but he insists he must go somewhere. He has no defined destination and he is saying I will board any bus that comes around though I don’t know my destination. You know too well that kind of man will get no where.
That picture of a man willing to travel without a defined destination is the way many of us live our lives. That is why opportunities come and we can’t spot them because we are not prepared for them. You don’t stumble on success, you prepare for it.