By Gbemiga OLAKUNLE, JP
” … The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way….-
Matthew 13:24-25, KJV.
The men being referred to in the above Scripture are the Watchmen that are supposed to watch over the well-being of a particular group of people be it a family, Community, or Nation. And if such men should sleep on duty, the enemy will take advantage of such unguarded hours to do his own ministry- sowing tares among the wheat.
The tares represent the trouble makers in any Societies be it at micro or macro levels. Such trouble makers in most cases can lay siege and hold their victims’ captives until such a time when a Deliverer comes through divine intervention.
As a Senior Pastor aptly puts it: ” Captivity deprives its victims’ freedom. Captivity is a period of set back and stagnation. It’s a waste of time. And whatever wastes time wastes the destinies of their captives. A period of captivity is a time of restrictions and limitations. It is also a time of labour loss and a time of no relevance”.
The activities of this group of bad people- the tares can hold the glory of a person, a Community, or a whole Nation to ransoms and prevent it from shinning for years and even for a lifetime if there’s no rescue mission on time.
At macro levels such as in the cases of Communities and a Nation like Nigeria, the tares are the Midianites who plunder the human and natural resources of their victims. And on their trails, they leave traces of miseries, deprivation, poverty, and even death in extreme cases.
To get freedom, a victim whether an individual, Community, or Nation needs to cry unto GOD for mercy so that a Deliverer can be sent on a rescue mission as soon as possible before it becomes too late.
And at such time like this when our Communities and the Nation are being plundered without due restrains, we need to cry unto GOD for His Mercy and timely divine intervention to help us and deliver us from those that may be holding us captives as individuals or groups of people in JESUS Name.
Olakunle is the General Secretary of the National Prayer Movement