Oh Lord, What Shall We Do?

Robert A. Wilkins, Sr., Chapel Speaker, February 25, 2010

“Oh Lord, what shall we do?” said Robert A. Wilkins, Sr., addressing students, faculty and staff at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He referred to Elisha’s servant’s lament in 2 Kings 6:15-17, and pointed out that truly anointed servants of God must be faithful in delivering the Word of God, no matter what the circumstances. 

Wilkins was asked to speak by the Seminary’s African American Christian Fellowship in honor of Black History Month. Wilkins is the young adult pastor at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California, and also the president and CEO of the YMCA of the East Bay. 

“The enemies of God will seek to stop the mouthpiece of God,” said Wilkins. “Be advised, and be on the alert,” he continued. “If you’ve done what is right, if you’re following the Lord, if you’re in the groove and you have momentum, and something pops up to stop that progress, it is natural to say ‘Oh Lord, what shall we do?’ ” 

He urged his listeners that they must remind themselves, as Elisha said in verse 16, “Fear not, do not be afraid. Those that are with us are more than those who are with them.” Wilkins reminded his listeners how often God tells his people to “Fear not.” 

“Don’t worry, don’t fret,” Wilkins said. “When you see the enemy, you can call on Jesus. There is hope, help, peace and power in the name of Jesus.” 

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