Our message for this month is one laced with a different aspect of thanksgiving and praises to God. We all know the secrets of thanking God will singing, shouting, clapping, dancing and music; but how many of us know that we can also praise the Lord with the erection of structures.
We are encouraged to understand that the rudiments of showing appreciation to God for all the successes and safety He has given us is by building on all the gains we have received from Him. By building on what God has given us is not just about erecting an altar to Him, but also to continue doing good and carrying other people along with us.
It entails being a channel of blessing unto others, knowing fully that God has blessed us so that we can help others who might be in need. We are exhorted that it is not just enough to celebrate God’s grace and blessings by singing, dancing, shouting and clapping in His presence, we need to go the extra mile in adding something concrete to our joy.
As we allow our emotions run over with joy and delight over God’s bountiful blessings in our lives, we are also taught to let it show in physical terms. This entails erecting an altar in our homes to symbolize the presence of God in our midst. That Is the example we see in Genesis 35 verses 6 & 7, which tell us: “So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him. And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.”
The same applies in Genesis 8:20 – “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar;” Genesis 12:7 – “The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land ” So he built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him;” and Genesis 26:25 – “So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.”
However, while celebrating the goodness of God in our lives, we should also extend beyond our personal symbols of giving Him all the glory. Yes, it’s good to sing praises and dance unto the Lord, better to erect altars to mark signs and wonders in our lives, but an extended mark of our gratitude comes in the form of building God’s House.
Building the House of God means aiding efforts of construction of new churches, renovations of existing ones and expansions for more space. That we learn from 1 Kings 6:1, which tells us: “Now it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the sons of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.”
We are encouraged that when the time comes for rewards, no one would be found missing, because God’s grace, mercies, safety, protection and good health will extend to all members of your household, extended family, neighbors and well wishers. That we learn from Numbers 1:18 – “…and they assembled all the congregation together on the first of the second month Then they registered by ancestry in their families, by their fathers’ households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, head by head…”
Incidentally, it is also symbolic that the numbering of God’s people in the wilderness came in the second month. Numbers 1:1 & 2 reveal: “And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;
Furthermore, Numbers 9: 9-12 reveals that the first victory of the Israelites came in the second month, as their exit from Egypt was ignited by The Passover. The verses read: “Then the Lord said to Moses, 10 “Tell the Israelites: ‘When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, 11 but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones. When they celebrate the Passover, they must follow all the regulations.”
Finally, we are led in faith to believe that this second month of 2018 will bring greater joy to us through more abundant wonders and blessings in our lives through the story of Noah. We learn that the floodgates of heaven opened up with showers of blessings in the second month, and that marked the beginning of a new life for Noah and his household.
Genesis 7:11 & 12 reveal: “11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.” I pray that God’s window of grace shall open upon you and I this month, we shall escape any consuming plague that is assailing in the land, and showers of blessing will locate us all in this second month of 2018. So shall it be in the mighty name of Jesus.