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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    Feb 3, 2008
      Dearly Beloved,


      "Israel said to Joseph, 'I never expected to see your face again, and
      now God has allowed me to see your children too'" (Genesis 48:11,

      Have you ever lost something that you thought you can never regain but
      at the end you found it and even had more than that thing? Have you
      ever lost hope on a situation and the Lord made things to work out for
      you even more than what you expected before? Jacob (later known as
      Israel) experienced something like that in a greater way. Having sold
      Joseph into slavery, the children of Jacob lied to him that a
      ferocious animal had devoured Joseph (see Genesis 37:27-33). Jacob
      believed them and mourned for his beloved son for many days. To him,
      Joseph had died. Nevertheless God had preserved Joseph and made him a
      ruler in a foreign land. Jacob later had the opportunity of not only
      seeing the "dead" Joseph, but also the children of Joseph. You could
      imagine the extent of the joy of Jacob to see beyond his expectation
      about Joseph that he once thought was dead.

      Hannah was barren, and because of this, "her rival kept provoking her
      in order to irritate her" (1 Samuel 1:6, NIV). She went to God and
      asked for just a son (verse 11), but God did beyond her expectation –
      "she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters" (1
      Samuel 2:21, NIV). That was after God gave her a son that later became
      a prominent figure in the history of the nation of Israel.

      When God told Solomon to ask for anything he would want Him to do for
      him, Solomon asked for "a discerning heart to govern your people and
      to distinguish between right and wrong" (1 Kings 3:9, NIV). However,
      God did beyond his expectation in giving him more than what he asked
      for (1 Kings 3:11-13).

      What is the seeming dead situation that you are passing through
      presently? Have you lost hope in such situation? What have you been
      asking from God that He has not done? God can make you experience
      something beyond your expectation in that situation! He will
      definitely do so in His appointed time. Just trust in Him and wait for
      Him. Paul declared, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more
      than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work
      within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
      throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen" (Ephesians
      3:20-21, NIV).

      In His service,

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
      +234 805 515 9591

      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will
      have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted
      in my body, whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
      AND TO DIE IS GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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