By Isaiah Ogedegbe:
The English word “intervention” comes from the Latin word “intervenire” which means two things: (1) To come between (2) To interrupt.
Let me start with the first meaning: “to come between.” Divine intervention means God coming between us and the challenges facing us, in order to remove them from our way. When God comes between us and the challenges facing us, those challenges cannot, and will not, survive the presence of God.
In Exodus 14:19-20, the angel of the Lord “came between” the Israelites and the Egyptians, and what was light to the Israelites became darkness to the Egyptians. If God had not come between them, the enemies would have prevailed; but God came between them, and confused the enemies of Israel.
Similarly, as people of God, there are times when we come to the “Red Sea” of our lives. I mean, when we are faced with challenging situations. At such a moment, we need God to come between us and the challenges facing us, in order to remove them from our way. At such a moment, we need divine intervention, a manifestation of God’s presence that separates us from every form of evil.
In Isaiah 64:1-4, we read the words of Prophet Isaiah, who was desirous of divine intervention. Mind you, his prayer came at a time when Zion was a wilderness and Jerusalem was a desolation, as revealed in verse 10 of the same chapter. Prophet Isaiah knew that unless God intervened, Zion would remain a wilderness and Jerusalem would remain a desolation. Hence, he prayed: “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence…”
It is important to note that divine intervention is God’s reaction to our action of prayer. If there is a person to pray, there is a God to answer. Divine intervention can come, if we pray in faith and with passionate intensity like Prophet Isaiah. God is looking for a person like Jacob who will wrestle with Him in the place of prayer, saying, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Genesis 32:26). God is also looking for a person like Jabez who will be dissatisfied with his or her present condition and cry out for a positive change. “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested” (1 Chronicles 4:10).
Let me now deal with the second meaning of the word “intervenire” in Latin which means to interrupt. Divine intervention means God coming down to interrupt, to stop, to bring to an end, to truncate, or to destroy the works of the devil. In 1 John 3:8, the English Standard Version of the Bible puts it this way: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” What are the works of the devil? We find them in John 10:10 which says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” In the same verse, Jesus says that He has come to intervene. In other words, He has come to interrupt, to stop, to bring to an end, to truncate, or to destroy Satan’s nefarious activities such as stealing, killing and destruction. These are His words: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Those three words, “I am come,” are indicative of divine intervention. Jesus has come to intervene in our lives and situations, to undo what Satan has done.
It is also important to note that divine intervention is intended to make things better for us. Whenever God intervenes in the affairs of His people, miracles begin to happen and testimonies abound. Miracles or testimonies are a product of divine intervention; they are the outcome of divine intervention. Whenever God intervenes, weeping turns into joy (Psalms 30:5) and stumbling blocks become stepping stones.
In Isaiah 64:1-4, Prophet Isaiah said that one of the things that would happen after God had rent the heavens and come down, was that the mountains would flow down at His presence. Only a miracle would make a mountain that is very hard and solid, to melt like wax and flow down. Prophet Isaiah was trying to say that when God intervenes, the challenges facing us would melt away and flow down at His presence.
Psalms 97:5 says, “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD of the whole earth” and Psalms 114:5-7 also say, “What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back? Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.” Whenever God intervenes, the “Red Sea” or the “mountains” facing us will flee away or melt away at His presence. All these things can happen, if we pray in faith and with passionate intensity like Prophet Isaiah.
NB – Pastor Isaiah Oghenevwegba Ogedegbe is a Warri-based preacher and the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Warri Times Newspaper (www.warritimes.wordpress.com). If you would like to invite him to preach at your church, please contact him on phone: 08134836494 or +2348134836494 and send your invitation via email to email@example.com. Please follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/warritimes. Thank you.
Source: Warri Times