This lesson on Wondering Affections was delivered by Reverend J.S. Msane in a father’s fellowship service in Mbabane at the Evangelical Church. Below are interesting facts that married man should watch out for if they will survive ‘Wondering Affections’.
The Pastor listed 3 elements that are a challenge for every man; glory (pride), gold (money) and girls (woman). These three challenges affect all man, in the Christian faith and everywhere else. Research has confirmed that all three challenges affect man the same, none seems to be superior to the other. The Bible records a number of victims of these three challenges. Samson is one who was too proud to listen to what his parents were saying about his relationship with Delilah. For Samson, the start was ‘Glory’ or pride, and then it was ‘Girls’.
Do not leave the place or position that God has put you in, even when you are faced with perilous times. Your position is your job, marriage, works of service in church, etc. This applies to all people; young and old, popular or not, Pastors or not, rich or poor. Perilous times match individual statuses and positions. It is a pity that perilous times are times that each and every one will have to face a couple of times in their lives.
Perilous times can wound you spiritually as well physically. The versions of the Bible differ in the interpretation of the verse. The New International Version (NIV) says that ‘if a ruler’s anger rises against you’, the Living Translation’ says ‘if your boss is angry with you’, English Standard Version’ says, ‘if the anger of the ruler rises against you’ and SiSwati version says ‘nangabe intfukutselo yembusi ikuvukela’ and Zulu says ‘uma umoya wombusi ukuvukela’. Some other versions say ‘King’s anger’. The common factor in these versions is that the peril comes from someone superior to you. Unfortunately, the devil is also a ruler, according the Mathew 4:8 – 9 and 1 John 5:19 (…the world is under the power of the wicked one). Therefore, the verse could also be referring to the devil as the ruler or king.
This being the first post of a long journey of preaching holiness to the world, it would be good to start with the expected Christian conduct from each of the believers as they interact with the world in all their circles and communities.
Christians should be known by their conduct at their homes, family and in the community. Worship should be part of a Christian’s lifestyle. The Christian can know the secrets of God’s kingdom that Jesus shares in secrete with him or her (Matthew 10:27). Such secretes Jesus encourages the Christian to share them openly with the world. The New Living Translation says such secretes should be shares when daybreak comes. No wonder there is so much revelations from Jesus shared in many ways with the world today. These testimonies are in order and they are the will of Jesus and surely the will of God the Father.