Our Perspective of God


‘But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. ‘ ~ Isaiah 43:1

Many things influence our perspective and understanding of God. Somehow more than the good things that happen in our life, its the bad negative things that seem to linger on with haunting questions seeking a satisfying answer. We look at the situation, the circumstantial cause and effects, at our own inadequacies and weakness and yet find it easier to blame God for the entire predicament. Disappointments, discouragements and failures seem to constrict our view of God. Regrets and missed opportunities push us to the brink of frustration and we wonder “Is God really there!”

It had been along time now since the promise was given. Abraham and Sarah were getting along in years. And they had not yet had a child. “The LORD has kept me from having children” she concluded. Frustrated and desperate to get on with life, she decided to take the matter in her own hands and devised a plan of her own making. Hagar, the Egyptian maidservant would be of help to build up the family.

How are things with you? Is there some difficulty or problem that seems to cut short the joy of knowing the LORD through the time of waiting? Has your life been reduced to a lifeless conveyor-  belt kind of existence? Have crushing circumstances come down so heavily making you to just shut God out of your world? It may seem so, but God is still out there to watch over you and sustain you. God was faithful to fulfill the given promise. Isaac was born. The promised land was captured by the descendents of Abraham. All peoples of the earth have been blessed for the Saviour of the world was born from Abraham’s line.

Hold on and have faith in God. It will pay off someday.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the way you have created me with much thought and care and endowed me with so many blessings. Forgive me for being cynical and arrogant. Help me live a truly surrendered life to you in every way. Amen.”
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Let another praise you


Let another praise you


“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.” ~ Proverbs 27:2

We all love to receive praise. When someone praises us, we feel good and so elated. Somehow deep within the human heart is the desire to be recognized and appreciated. We do a lot of things just to get compliments. We talk and show off about the good things in us. Medals, trophies, certificates, laurels, prizes are showcased for all to see. They remind us of our achievements. On the wall or in the showcase, they make us feel good, especially in the presence of others.

During conversations, somehow the ‘I’ will slowly sneak popping up again and again. Its human nature they say. And especially when it comes to introducing oneself, if only we take a look at our hearts….how proud and boastful we could get. How many times have we projected ourselves to be so good, so courteous; how many times have we boasted of our accomplishments be it in the field of sports or academics.  Sometimes we cut through a conversation and insert a statement about ourselves, feeling so good about ourselves and then slowly look around to see the reaction on others’ faces. We want others to know how good we are. We are so good at creating an aura about us that make us look good in others’ eyes.

Boasting leads to an attitude of arrogance and haughtiness. Pride can easily set in. It brings in an attitude of indifference. Others are looked down upon. The Bible encourages not being boastful but humble. A work done well will be noticed and appreciated. We need not trumpet it around. It’s always better to receive praise from others than patting one’s own back.

Prayer

“Dear Jesus, forgive me for the times I’ve been boastful of myself. I acknowledge that whatever I am is because of Your grace working in me. I give You all the praise. Amen.”

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In The Name Of The Lord



‘and you shall call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins’ ~ Matthew 1:21

What is so significant of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem riding on a young donkey, with the crowd waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” The people saw him as their earthly king. They probably imagined a life free from the Roman oppression. But Jesus entered Jerusalem to fulfill God’s will – he choose to surrender his will. Psalm 118 echoes these words. It speaks of the celebration of victory over the enemies won by the king, who has delivered his people from oppression.

Jesus died on the cross and delivered us from the oppression of sin. The sinful nature continues to work in us. But as Paul mentions it need not have dominion over us. When we believe in the salvation work of Christ done on the cross and surrender our lives to his way, he gives us power to overcome sin. His word and Holy Spirit strengthen us and help us face temptations and trials and overcome them.

We can be encouraged by David’s example. When faced with the daunting task of fighting the giant Goliath, he did not panic nor retreat. He believed in what God could do and picking up his set of smooth stones said to Goliath is enemy, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…”

Trust in God and have faith in his Word. Believe in the work of salvation and receive power to overcome the giants of sin in your life.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the strength and power you give me to overcome sin in my life. I believe in the salvation you give me through Jesus Christ. Help me grow strong and faithful, deeply rooted in your word. Amen.”

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Before the World Began


‘He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake’ ~ 1 Peter 1:20

When we are faced with the ‘first time’ thing like going on a voyage or a long distance travel, making a deal on selling the car or buying a house, seeking an alliance or entry into a business venture, setting up an office or even having the first baby, we all seek the helpful counsel of those already been through that journey. We rely on their experience and trust the sound advice they give.   No doubt we all feel so relieved to meet someone whose already been there before and knows all the ups and downs, the unexpected turns on the road, the hurdles and challenges, the stress and strain, the tears and sighs, the loss and gain and everything put together. Hearing them share their story opens our eyes to valuable truths and key principles that were hitherto obscure. We learn to build on their faith and reach higher.

We all live our earthly life only once and die once. Hebrews 9:27 says, ‘…people are destined to die once..’ And no human being can assure us that life is going to be all good and rosy.  But Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He knows the end from the beginning. Before man was, he was there. He knows all about life and its complexities. He understands all about man and his frailty. He remembers that we are dust and has pity on us. He offers to help us not just make it through life but be over-comers, more than conquerors and live an abundant life. All we need to do is ask him. And then when he shows us the way, we have to follow. 2 Timothy 1:9 says, ‘He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.’

A beautiful song often sung in worship is – “Above all powers, above all kings, above all nature and all created things, Above all wisdom and all the ways of man, you were here before the world began.’ Absolutely magnanimous that Jesus was there even before the world began, before time began and even before you and I were created and placed in our mother’s womb. This is so comforting to know! So if you don’t know Jesus, get to know him personally by reading the Bible and talking to those who believe in him. Your life will be different!

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I’m amazed at your glory, majesty and splendour. Indeed there is no one else like you. There is no Saviour apart from you. I worship you and adore you. I give my life to you, lead me on. Amen.”

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Evening and Morning


‘God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day’ ~ Genesis 1:5

Ever since time began, the sequence of day and night repeats itself endlessly. God created light and separated the light from the darkness by calling the light ‘day’ and the darkness ‘night’. On the fourth day of creation, he made the solar system and established the sun to govern the day and the moon to govern the night. In this daily succession of sun and moon, God’s faithfulness is manifested, calling for faith in his never changing nature.

Its no small wonder that in our world, above all the marvels that can ever excite man is the sublime beauty and reality of the dawn and dusk. The sun doesn’t suddenly break forth creating a burst of light, though essentially it is a star of gaseous nature. The gleam of dawn glows brighter as myriad hues splash against the blue expanse. At dusk, the amber radiance of the setting sun slowly diminishes, making way for the night to come through, as the moon and stars gently emerge.

It was for no simple reason that God ordained the sequence that way. He knew quite well what it would be like – for the broken  distressed heart to be refreshed with the breaking forth of a new day that heralds a promise, a new beginning, that brings in a fresh outlook to the very same depressing situation of the night gone by; for the soul heavy laden with guilt, all day and no night would make the burden more unbearable, giving no chance to shed a few tears of repentance in the shadows of the nigh; for the one tired from hard labor of raising a family, a time of repose when all the world is asleep at night is such comfort; for the ardent believer, hushed moments of prayer in the early hours of the morn bring strength to face the day as to the sorrowful crushed heart who sleeps away into the night with tear drops trickling unstopped, the night being the only balm to put the anxious soul to rest.

Scripture says – Though sorrow may last for the night, joy comes in the morning; that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness oh Lord. This is true. Be it the real day and night interplay or the day season and night season of the soul, God is faithful to never leave nor forsake the one who puts his trust in him.

King David testified – ‘By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me’. How thankful we must be for such a loving and wonderful God – a God of the day and the night!

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your marvelous creation of day and night. Indeed Lord, no one can match your greatness. You are so thoughtful. Its so wonderful to have you in my life. Amen.”

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From Bud to Almonds


‘For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants ‘ ~ Psalm 135:14

A new problem arose. Korah, son of Levi and a few Reubenites revolted against Moses and Aaron, questioning their authority. This was no small agitation. For a group of 250 well-known community leaders who were also members of the council joined the revolt. Moses and Aaron spoke to God who intervened giving just punishment to the rebels. A plagued ensued. But Aaron, at the behest of Moses ran into the midst of the assembly, with the censer in his hand and made intercession. He stood between the living and the dead. The plague stopped.

Now God intervened. He instructed Moses to take a staff each from all the twelve heads of the tribes of Israel and place it before the Testimony in the Tent of Meting. The staff belonging to man whom God chooses will sprout and thus everyone would know whom God had chosen to be priest over the nation and rid himself from the grumbling of the Israelite. Promptly Moses did as instructed. The next day when he entered the Tent of Meeting he saw an amazing sight. A supernatural thing happened. Aaron’s rod had not only sprouted but also budded, blossomed and even produced almonds. God clearly vindicated his servant Aaron. All people had no excuse to grumble now. But why did God make the almonds appear? Wasn’t it sufficient evidence to have the rod sprouted? God knew well the heart of man. So he went a few steps ahead and inorder to instill complete trust in Aaron, he made the almonds appear. This way the other leaders who grumbled could have no doubt.

Are you going through a difficult time at work? Are tensions prevalent at your business front? Has your integrity been questioned and your actions doubted? Hang on in faith. God will vindicate your cause. He will show the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. When you are faithful and sincere to do what God has assigned you to do, be of hope that God will help you out of trouble. He can do the impossible – make almonds appear from a mere wooden rod.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being there to vindicate my cause and stand beside me. Thank you for the support you are to me. Thank you also for the grace you give me in my workplace. Help me continue to look to you and be an example to others. Amen.”

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God’s Instructions to Abraham


‘…I no longer live, but Christ lives in me ‘ ~ Galatians 2:20

There are three important instructions that God gave to Abraham. Firstly, God told him – “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Secondly, after Lot seperated from him, God said, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever….Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” Thirdly, when Abraham was ninety nine years old, God appeared again and said, “I am God Almighty, walk before me faithfully and be blameless…This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.”

These clear instructions came as part of the journey that took him out of his home and into the unknown unexplored land, made him to travel extensively  and finally partake of a covenant by circumcision at the gae of ninety nine.

There came one greater than Abraham, who left his heavenly abode and all the glory above, was born into this world, travelled extensively throughout Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and finally became the mediator of a new covenant by the offering of his own life as a sacrifice for our sins – Christ the LORD!

Your journey in following Christ will call for choices that must be made at different levels. Some will touch the outside of your world, there will be changes in social settings. Some will require you to cope with changes in total life-settings. Some will touch upon the ‘inside’ of you – your will and  your identity. How far are you willing to go?

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your great love for me. Help me yield myself to you completely and live a life that is fully surrendered to you alone. Amen.”

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