Eba is one of the greatest meals in the committee of meals in Nigeria, second only to Jollof Rice and dodo, but it was very amusing when I found that a professor I greatly admire talked briefly about his travails with different manifestations of Eba that litter the Nigerian Landscape in His inaugural lecture talked; while some are made with a lot of water such that it turns out pudding-esque, in other parts (and that’s where I’m from)it has less moisture and that’s probably to allow ‘proper’ molding of the Eba before it ‘attacks’ the soup.
Now, one of the worst experiences a human can have is to have to eat Eba that wasn’t properly covered during the harmattan season. Matter of fact, people would rather go hungry than allow themselves that degree of torture! Because, it gets so hard, it’ll hurt with every swallow.
The Apostle Paul warns of another kind of hardening that we should be wary of: the hardening that follows the deceitfulness of sin. Sin hardens our hearts and deadens our spiritual reflexes with more intensity than the harsh harmattan weather can exert on the unsuspecting Eba.
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Heb 3:12-13 (NIV)
So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes.
Heb 3:12-14 (MSG)
Sin is the devil’s treacherous weapon, He tempts us, and when we succumb there is an injection of an anesthetic into our spirits, perhaps only in tiny quantities, thus, its deceit, because if the first time we indulge our hearts freeze all at once, we won’t go very far. The next time we indulge, we submit ourselves for an anesthetic injection straight at our spirits, till our hearts are all but dead, and heaven seems to light years away from us. This is the deceit of sin.
But Glory to God, if we turn to the Lord even in the most deadened state, the veil, the frost, the cobweb of worldliness, the paste of ‘sinfulness’ will be taken away. When we look to Him, the power of sinfulness is broken.
The Apostle Paul writes that we must pay “Careful attention to the things we have heard lest WE drift away”( Heb 2:1)
Sin is destroyed in us, if we are born-again, its controlling power is broken, and its yoke is destroyed. But even for us, we must contend with its deceit, with its chameleonic nature. When it cant overwhelm, it will seek to wound, maim or maul.
And oh! There is grace, abundant grace, grace available to steer us away from the pitfalls of its dangerous deceit, grace that teaches us to say no. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11-12).
Look to Jesus now and Live!