life is not simple, and God’s ways are not our ways. Making the right decision may come at a cost. But in God’s eternal plan, His blessings always arrive in due time and never fail.
Life seems straightforward in the laws of the Old Testament. Obey God and get blessed, while disobedience expect trouble. Although it’s a right theology, but is it that simple? It’s easy to look at stories and draw a simple conclusion . But when the prophet Hanani warned Asa, he said that God will “strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Why do our hearts need strengthening ? Because doing the right thing may require more courage and perseverance.
Lord, thank You for Your Word. Help us to learn from others mistakes and wise choices, as we make our choice to serve You! In Christ Name we pray, Amen.
We know that God is always capable of miracles! But what if God doesn’t heal? I wondered. Surely He doesn’t lack the power. Could it be He doesn’t care?
When I thought of Jesus’s suffering on the cross and the explanation that ” God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom.5:8). Then I remembered the questions of Job and how he learned to see the wisdom of God as shown in the creation around Him (Job 38-39).
Slowly I saw how God calls us to Him for our good even in our trial times. In God ‘s grace, I now learned what it means to call on the Lord and trust Him – whatever the outcome ! I’m grateful You always hear our cry, thank You Lord!
Psalm 139 says that even before we were born ” all the days ordained for [us] were written in [His] book” v.16. Remember, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” to bring glory to our Creator (v.14). Never forget: We all have Purpose!
God has created us for a specific purpose. Primarily that purpose is to bring honor to Him, and one way we can do is by meet the needs of others. Apostle Peter said, ” “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
(I Peter 4:10-11 NKJV)
Lord, help us today to see You in the midst of whatever faces us. Show us a small glimpse of Your purpose and meaning to us. Amen!
I once was walking while the same time feeling very weary in spirit. I could feel something has just weighing me down. Weariness – could be thru physical, emotional, or even spiritual burden comes to us all. Isaiah reminds us that although we frequently become tired at times. How easily we had forgotten that in every situation ” [ Our Lord] is the answer! ” He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29). Let’s read some more God’s promises as prophet Isaiah said: ” But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount with wings like eagles; they shall run and not weary , they shall walk and not faint” (Isa.40:31ESV).
What’s it like on your journey today? If fatigue has caused you to forget God’s presence and power , why not pause and recall His promise once again. ” Those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength ” v.31. Thank You Lord for reminding me this wonderful Promise!
Jonah as you know him, he actually rebelled against God and ended up in a fish’s stomach and inside the ocean’s depth. All because he was overcome by his sin. But despite his seemingly hopeless situation, he cried out to God:” I remembered You, Lord, and my prayer rose to You.” (Jonah 2:7) Sometimes, although sin might creates distance between God and us, but still we can look up from the lowest points in our lives and see Him – His Holiness, Goodness, and Grace! If only we turn away from our sin and confess it to Our Lord Jesus Christ, He will still forgive us.
Praise God, the darkness of sin only makes the light of God’s Grace shine even brighter!
Sometimes in life experiences we accept the fact that we do feel trapped at times. Honestly, to get that outside assistance, we must Understand in truth that we are helpless on our own, even if we try looking inward for answers to our problems, still no much help! Why? All because the Bible says “Our heart is deceitful” (Jer.17:9). In truth,we are often the source of our problems in life.
Thankfully, ” God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything ” (1 John 3:20).
Because of this, He knows exactly how to help us. That’s why trusting Him and living to please Him is always a great blessing!
” Therefore if the Son (Jesus Christ) makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
I remember when I was a kid, I never say no to be honest when we eat dinner. All because beyond good manners – which are external – I did learned well through my parents. Furthermore, My Lord also reminds me that I must have a heart of gratitude at all times. I praised God for the dozens reminders that expressing gratitude is of primary importance in my relationship with Him.
Psalm 118 begins and ends with the exhortation to ” Give thanks to the Lord” (v.1,29).
We are to give thanks too, when we come into His presence (100:4). Nevertheless even our requests, when we bring to Him are to be wrapped in a spirit of thanksgiving too (Phil.4:6). Such an attitude of gratitude surely will help us remember our abundant blessings from God, even in the midst of trouble and despair!
It’s no wonder why the psalmist reminds us to ” Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His Love endures forever” (Ps 118:1).
We must accept the fact that desire to have things our own way, in most cases starts young!
Naaman was a person who was accustomed to having things his way. He was commander of the army of the king in Syria. But then, Naaman also had an incurable disease. One day his wife’s servant girl, who was captured from the land of Israel, suggested that hecan seek healing from Elisha, the prophet of God. Naaman was so desperate enough to do this, but he wanted the prophet to come to him. He was furious when Elisha simply sent a message that he should bathe seven times in the Jordan River. At first, he refused, until finally he humbled himself and did it in God’s way and he was cured. (2 Kings 5:1-15)
We too, also had times when we’ve said, ” I’ll do it my way” to God. Remember, His way is always the best way! So let’s ask God who now reveals Himself through Jesus our Lord and Saviour, to humble our hearts and willingly choose His way, not our own way.
Heavenly Father, forgive me for my pride and so often thinking I know best. Give me a humble spirit that willingly choose Your Almighty way which is the best in everything.
Humility is a right estimate of one’s self esteem.
In dealing with disappointment, we can either focus on our loss or on God Himself. As Psamist wrote of a difficult time, when his soul refused to be comforted and his spirit was overwhelmed. Praise God, in the midst of his trouble, he shifted his focus from sadness to His Saviour, saying, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. ” (Psalms 77:10-11)
The Lord invites us to look to Him and see the scope of His goodness, His presence with us, and His eternal love.
Apostle Paul reported his God given vision of heaven, but words failed him, he said, “And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. “(II Corinthians 12:3-4 )
While we might gain comfort from knowing more details about heaven, it is not the knowledge of heaven that assures us; but it is our knowledge and trust of God through Jesus Himself. All because I know Him personally how good He is, I can leave this life and everything in it with utter confidence that heaven will be as beautiful as Lord Jesus shown me through His words! May God reveal Himself to our souls more fully, to quicken our sense, and to give us the sight and hearing, taste and touch of the world to come, Amen.