God Is In The Detail
GOD IS IN THE DETAIL:
The What, Why, When and How of God.
A voice says “shout!” I said, “what shall
I shout?”- Isaiah 40:9.
This was the prophet Isaiah who was told
by a (God’s) voice to shout.
But he did something very significant:
HE ASKED FOR DETAILS!
He didn’t just scream out like a banshee.
He asked what EXACTLY God wanted him
to shout about.
He asked for the WHAT.
And he got an answer.
An angel appeared to a woman, telling her
she would birth a son (Samson)who would
be a Nazarite. She told her husband, Manoah.
He asked the angel, “...HOW shall we order
the child and HOW shall we do unto
him?"- Judges 13:12.
Manoah asked for details:
He asked for the HOW.
And he got an answer.
In the New Testament, Jesus told His
disciples about the end of times.
They asked Him, “WHEN will these
things happen?”- Matthew 24:3.
They asked for the WHEN.
They got an answer.
The Pharisees asked the disciples a
question: “WHY does your Master eat
with tax collectors and
sinners?”- Matthew 9:11.
They asked for the WHY.
Jesus gave them an answer.
I have come to understand that GOD IS
IN THE DETAIL.
He is very deliberate in His instructions.
Every word, every letter, every cliché or
“body language” is important.
He is not frivolous with words.
He once gave an assignment to a prophet
and He asked him not to eat or drink till
he carried out the assignment and returned.
He carried out the assignment alright.
But someone convinced him to eat, telling
him God had changed His mind.
No sooner he did, he died. -1st Kings 13.
When God gives instructions, He gives
them in detail.
After anointing Saul King, Samuel told
him: “When you leave me today, you will
meet two men near Rachel’s tomb, at
Zelzah on the border of Benjamin.
They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you
set out to look for have been found.
And now your father has stopped thinking
about them and is worried about you.
He is asking, “What shall I do about my son?’
Then you will go on from there until you
reach the great tree of Tabor.
Three men going up to worship God at
Bethel will meet you there.
One will be carrying three young goats,
another three loaves of bread, and
another a skin of wine.
They will greet you and offer you two
loaves of bread, which you will accept
After that you will go to Gibeah of God,
where there is a Philistine outpost.
As you approach the town, you will meet
a procession of prophets coming down
from the high place with lyres, timbrels,
pipes and harps being played before them,
and they will be prophesying.
The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully
upon you, and you will prophesy with
them; and you will be changed into a
different person…” -1st Samuel 10: 2-6.
Notice the details! They were not ambiguous!
Now, God later instructed same Saul,
“Kill ALL the Amalekites!” Saul spared
He lost the Kingdom.
There is no “let’s meet half-way” in His
He does not chide anybody for asking
Moses asked all kinds of questions,
God answered until he practically
refused to go. -Exodus 3&4.
In 2nd Kings 13, prophet Elisha asked
King Joash to strike the ground with an
He did 3 times.
I always wonder when I read this story,
why didn’t Joash ask the prophet how
many times he should strike the ground?
I have come to understand that in the
things of God, asking for DETAILS is
never too much.
Sometime ago, I was with a few young folks.
I asked them, “What are your dreams and
goals?” Most of them responded, “I want
to be great!” I asked, “Great WHAT?
Great Teacher? Great Musician?
Great Engineer?” Great Footballer?
Great Doctor? Great WHAT?”
They had never thought of it in that line.
You cannot hit a target that is not defined,
I told them.
God does not work that way.
We have too many folks in Church who
are like this, who have no idea of the
What, the When, the How and the
Why of their lives.
They just go with the flow.
Life is never meant to be lived haphazardly.
Life is meant to be lived on purpose.
I had to teach these young folks how to
be deliberate with their lives.
When you have an understanding of that,
it will propel your life, your choices,
what to study, where to live, who to marry, etc.
One of those folks said he wanted to be
He attends a polytechnic.
I asked him to name the SUG President.
He had no idea. I asked him to name
the Senator representing his Senatorial Zone.
He had no idea. He apparently had
NO INTEREST in politics.
But he hopes to become President one day!
It doesn’t work that way.
I read the story of Francois Mitterrand,
the former president of France and I was
He decided to be president of France as a
He tailored his life in that direction-
his university, course of study, marital
choices, career choices etc. were all made
to achieve that!
I also know a few folks who say they are
called into ministry.
I ask them, “What EXACTLY has God
called you to do?” God has called me to
pastor. “Which flock?”
They have no idea! Are you called to pastor
young folks or older folks?
Are you called to pastor students or retirees?
Are you called to pastor the higher, the
middle or the lower class?
The urban folks or the rural?
You MUST have a DEFINED flock!
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s (Christ Embassy)
flock is not the same with the (MFM) flock
of Pastor Daniel Olukoya.
There is no one-size-fits-all in ministry.
Every Christian needs to understand the
DETAILS of their calling and their life:
the WHAT, WHY, WHEN and HOW.
We get to know these things by ASKING
Isaiah asked WHAT?
Manoah asked HOW?
The disciples asked WHEN?
The Pharisees asked, WHY?
If you are not sure of the details of
anything about God, you are at liberty
to ask questions.
Anyone who discourages you from
asking questions on these issues is NOT
helping you. He is stunting your growth.
May we know how to ask the right
questions as we get details of our lives
and ministry from our Father.