ADJUSTING TO THE TEMPERATURE
Genesis 46:3- 4 Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”
We are now in the winter months in Britain; the time of the year when the central heating in most homes are either on timer or full blast. Irrespective of this, sometimes when I enter my house or my office, the warmth hits almost immediately and I complain that it is too hot and they should turn the heating down. To my surprise, those who are in that environment indicate that they are not feeling the heat and it is because I am coming from the outside. This also works in the opposite way, because there have been some times during the summer when I have been in the car with the air-conditioning on and, immediately I step outside, the heat hits me and I moan of how hot it is, but some people at the same time are laying in the sun enjoying the heat.
The difference between them and I is adjustment. If I stay long enough in both environments, my body temperature will begin to adjust and I would enjoy such environment too. In the same vein, you would never understand the environment of Prayer, studying the Word, the environment of Praise and Worship, the environment of giving and doing good until you enter such an environment. When you enter initially, you might complain that it does not suit you. You would even struggle to adjust to it, but if you stay longer you will gradually begin to get used to it and enjoy what such an environment offers.
The Hebrew meaning of ‘environment’ means ‘a turn of affairs’ and taking a hint from what I’ve said above, it is indicative that if you want your affairs to change, you need to change your environment. Your environment depicts a change in your circumstances, and sometimes to change our environment is the greatest challenge we face because there is a change in temperature.
I would like to encourage you (if you have not got into the habit yet) get in the environment of the prayer, reading the Bible, worshipping God in songs, fasting, giving and doing good deeds and you will find that your affairs will change. It would be hard to adjust at first, but staying in it after a period of time would cause you to acclimatize until it becomes a way of life and then you would reap the benefits.
Have a lovely week.
Every Grace & Peace
Apostle Kenny Adeshugba