The fifth ingredient of authentic visitation is: GOD DEMANDS A RESPONSE FROM US i.e. how you react to God’s visitation matters. Our response is an indicator of how we feel about the visitation experience. Check out these responses:
# Ezekiel says, When I saw him I fell facedown (Ezekiel 1:28)
# Isaiah says, Woe unto me I am ruined, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty (Isaiah 6:5)
# Abraham fell facedown at the appearance of the Lord Almighty (Genesis 17:3)
# Paul fell off his horse when a light flashed from heaven around him and upon hearing a voice speak to him he said, Who are you Lord? (Acts 9:4-5)
# Apostle John on the Island of Patmos says, When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead (Revelation 1:17).
The above-stated responses shows that God’s visitation is so awesome that no human being can stand in the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Similarly we discover how unworthy we are. On another occasion when God showed up some liturgical activities came to a halt as what happened on the day of the dedication of the Temple of Solomon. The Priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God (2Chronicles 5:14).
What amazes me most is the response of Sarah. She made a sarcastic laugh in the first instance. Many people are not sympathetic with her laugh but a good reading of scripture creates this laughter by what the Bible says before the sarcastic laugh. The main conversation begins with a promise of a son. BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR your wife Sarah will have a son (Genesis 18:10). But before Sarah laughs the Biblical narrative highlights this in verse 11, ABRAHAM AND SARAH WERE ALREADY VERY OLD, SARAH WAS PAST THE AGE OF CHILDBEARING. Verse 12 then brings the laughter, SO SARAH LAUGHED TO HERSELF AS SHE THOUGHT, AFTER I AM WORN OUT AND MY LORD IS OLD, WILL I NOW HAVE THIS PLEASURE? Could it be that Sarah was being down to earth and realistic that she had already reached MENOPAUSE and her husband was experiencing ANDROGEN DECLINE or ANDROPAUSE hence the question, WILL I NOW HAVE THIS PLEASURE? One clear observation from Sarah’s remarks is that having children is a pleasurable experience. Allow me to speculate about the extend of the miracle of opening a BARREN WOMB. God had to reverse Sarah’s entire body system INSIDE OUT in order for it to be suitable to carry a baby. A similar renewal was also done on Abraham’s body so that both could enjoy #ThisPleasure. Later on when she birthed her Isaac, Sarah said, God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me (Genesis 21:6). May the good Lord give you a DOUBLE LAUGHTER and MULTIPLE LAUGHTERS just as he did to Sarah as you celebrate his grace upon your life. To all those who are believing God for a miracle in their lives, may the blessing of Abraham be your portion. In the next article we will be focusing on the sixth ingredient: THERE MUST TANGIBLE RESULTS OF VISITATION, in other words, God does not only SHOW UP but he also SHOWS OFF.