If you have a Nigerian friend, you probably have heard the term ‘Village People’, or maybe you haven’t and this is your first time. So to help you understand what it means, I’ll tell a short story:
There was a time in the history of Israel when as they traveled towards the promised land, the Moabite King, Balak, sent his messengers to the diviner Balaam to help him curse the people of Israel. Balak’s plan was that the curse would slow the progress of the Israelites and eventually destroy them. Balaam, enticed by the riches promised him, went with the messengers of Balak to do the dreadful deed, but as God will have it, their plans failed and Israel ended up with a blessing, not a curse. (Read the full story HERE)
From the story, it’s safe to say that Israel’s ‘village people’ was Balak. Basically, anyone who seeks your downfall and wants you to fail and will do anything, including the use of diabolical means to bring you down is presumed to come from your village.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering what village people have to do with this post, especially since it’s been such a long time I wrote anything on here. (By the way, I have missed this child of mine called Alethea’s Mind and I’m so happy to be back writing again)
Over the weekend, the most reported news in the media (not that I listen to any) was the unfortunate event between WILL SMITH and CHRIS ROCK at the OSCARS. So while my husband and I were in the thick of his first Solo Art Exhibition, somewhere on the other side of the pond, someone was getting slapped because of a silly joke he made. I assume that right now there must be a million posts about it and a trillion opinions to go with, and while I’m not one to join trending conversations, in the quietness of this morning, the Holy Spirit decided to bring to my memory another incident that happened some years ago to a certain successful footballer.
In the 2006 World Cup Final between France and Italy, Zinedine Zidane, the Captain of the French team, who had come out of retirement for his ‘one last hooray’ ended up getting sent off for head-butting another player in the final minutes of the game. In the moment that would have crowned him one of the most successful players of all time, Zidane walked off the pitch in shame.
Now to the events of the weekend, Will Smith was on his way to winning his first ever Oscar, something I believe he has waited for for a long time. Unfortunately, what would have been remembered in the history of his life as his crowning moment became one we will remember as the day his village people found him.
As I thought about it, the Holy Spirit asked me this very important question:
WHO ARE YOUR VILLAGE PEOPLE?
What I love about the Holy Spirit is the way He communicates. Just when you think He has set a tricky question to trap you, He comes with the answer before you even start to think about it. Now before I share the answer with you, I stumbled upon a statement that became confirmation to what the Holy Spirit had taught me earlier in this morning. Apparently, after Will Smith’s blunder, one of my favourite actors of all time, DENZEL WASHINGTON, took him aside and tried to reason with him. I’m glad that Will Smith gave us a sneak peak into that conversation because what Denzel said to him could only have come from the Holy Spirit:
“At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you”Denzel Washington
So who are your village people?
As much as it is true that there are physical human beings out there who do not want the best for you and will go out of their way to destroy everything good about you, the most dangerous village people in our lives follow us everywhere we go: OUR FLESH!
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”Matthew 26:41
The Devil, who is the source of all that is evil, is interested in our destruction. As much as he uses external forces to come against us, he also speaks fluently the language our flesh understands, and more often than not, our flesh responds willingly to his suggestions. It’s in those times we find ourselves doing the things that we eventually regret. So the chief of the village is the devil and his messengers are the vices of our flesh: PRIDE, ARROGANCE, GREED, SELFISHNESS and ANGER. These are the things that push us to make the decisions we wish we could reverse, like head-butting someone or slapping them in the moment of anger. These, as minute as they may seem, are the actions that are fed to the point of MURDER, ADULTERY, FRAUD and the likes.
So when you’re about to get to the summit of the mountain you have been climbing, it’s in those moments, like Denzel said, when we need to be watchful for the vices of our flesh that the devil can use to bring us down. No one falls further down than the one who has climbed the highest.
Village people are surely out to get us: Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7