February 04, 2020
We want an understandable God. A God who is like us. Who moves on our timetable, does what we want, and is at our beck and call as needed.
But God is God. He is the One-Who-Sees-All and therefore He is looking at our lives from a completely different perspective. He knows what we need and He knows how He could use our lives for a more transcendent purpose than having a life of mere comfort and luxury. A life of no difficulty.
Enter Joseph. Joseph was taken through a very, very hard life. In the end, God raised him to be the source of salvation for the very family members who had mistreated him. When their father died, they were fearful that Joseph would now take revenge. Joseph’s response illustrated that he was willing to let God be God.
But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. (Genesis 50:19-20)
If Joseph had resisted God’s sovereign work in his life, he would have died a bitter man. He would have taken revenge against his brothers at his earliest opportunity. He would have been like any other self-absorbed human. And, his life would not have saved millions and taught all of us what a man who follows God fully looks like.
But, he let God be God, orchestrating the events of his life and resting in a faith in God's rightness and inherent goodness. And so should we.
Father, thank You for Your perfect perspective and overwhelming care. Thank You for not giving me what I want, but what I really need, which includes sufferings and hardships for greater purposes. Give me fresh grace to embrace Your sovereignty over my life, family, and future. You know what will bless me, bless others, and glorify Your name. Help me to relax in this and never try to take your place.
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December 03, 2020
In scientific equations there are certain elements that cause certain reactions. If those elements are not present, you do not have what you intended. For instance, if you take hydrogen out the equation of H2O, you will not have water, one of the most essential combination of elements in the universe.
... is the essential element for the believer. And faith, in itself, has several parts ...
December 02, 2020
November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.