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Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what is on God’s mind – why did you pull the rug from under me? I had it going so well, I had worked hard, do you have a clue what you are doing?

Yeah, that’s why He’s God and we’re not. When Jesus was hung on the cross, bystanders couldn’t comprehend why the king they had welcomed not too many days before, has fallen from grace. They didn’t know how to react, what else to pin their hopes on, who to turn to. The disciples ran away, they abandoned their lord and returned to their previous lives. What else could one do?

They didn’t know the miracle that would follow, they didn’t expect Jesus to come to them, they certainly didn’t imagine they’d go back to being disciples again and be remembered for what they’ve done for Jesus and the gospel!

It’s okay to feel disappointed and lost, God gave us soft hearts and feelings to go with it. But when we’re down and out, pray that we’ll recognize Jesus when He reaches out to us and ask us, “do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord I do. Coz you’ve walked with me, comforted me, gave me rest. Thank you for your grace, thank you.”

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Caught up with the old pastor today and was truly inspired by his sharing today. Our problems in life is but a speck; when compared to what God can do. It’s a problem and hardship alright, what we go through, I’m not minimizing pain or suffering; but God is able to work out His plan despite our pain/confusion/tunnel-vision. What we need to do is to look at everything around us through God’s lenses/purpose, not our understanding/knowledge/fleshly desire.

What wisdom! I look at everything around me through my specked lenses, blaming and procrastinating because God hasn’t solved the injustices in my life. Yes, 12 years of putting that speck before God; convinced myself that God owes me something and I can put everything on hold until He solves my problem.

So, what do I do now that God has opened up my eyes? I confess and ask God into my life again, that I need to follow His spiritual guidance than my way; because His way is higher than mine. Amen.

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Today’s resolution is I want to learn to chat with God, because He is a good listener, better than anyone else; He longs for me to yearn for His company, more than anyone else.

It reminds me of the book I’ve read a long time back, Father heart of God, while I cannot remember the story but I’m reminded of God’s longing for us.

Lord, may my longing for you be more and more each day, so that I’m dependent on you alone for my joy and passion. Amen

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Reading Psalm 146:5-6 is very inspiring, because it puts me in my place.

Instead of remembering who God is – the almighty who is bigger than our circumstances (well hello, He created this universe?!) – I constantly look to Him to fulfill my “need”. The psalm says He’s the creator and our hope and the truth. Dwell on that, and does that not put us in our rightful place?

Our response? Praise Him. Be glad in Him. Live out the hope He gives. Amen.

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It’s leading up to Chrismas.  Last Sunday’s sermon was about Jesus’s mission, per God’s instruction and design, not man’s.   Today’s devotion too reminded me the goodness of God’s salvation plan – to reconcile men to God.  How more wonderful can that get?  Why were the Israelites dissatisfied with that?

Today I think I can feel a little bit of how the Israelites might have felt around Jesus’s crucifixion.  They had been suppressed, ruled over, walked over even; for an awfully long time.  Justice isn’t there, the memory of a great Israel nation is long forgotten by all.  They want a king, a ruler who would bring that glory back.

Today I too want Jesus to come out as the (my) super power, trample those unjust people and fly that flag of glory over the spoil – move over, you horrible peoples!!!

But God’s got a different plan.  His dream of a kingdom is grand-er – the entire world, not just Israel.  His timing is different – not here and now.  His justice is different – He gives men a chance to repent, to win them all – while the Israelites call for others to perish, so that they may be lifted high.

Sometimes it’s really hard to submit to God’s plan and purpose, coz I think I know better.  But I don’t.  How can I when I’m only a speck.  So, revelation of the day, move over, me, so that He may thrive abd do His wonders.

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2017 Nov 28

Have just returned from a holiday and back to the daily grind.  This break from work had taught me a few things:

  1. take work less seriously and I am only paid the 7.5 hours to contribute my expertise.  My family, friends and God need me for the other 16.5 hours. 
  2. my spiritual health is on a slippery slope and I didn’t care to put a stop to it.  Lucky for me, God won’t give up as easily as I would, and He’s standing by calling out all the time (but I’ve had earplugs on).
  3. it is so easy to brush God aside, as easily as to pick it up – it’s a choice.  So, instead of reading a fiction to pass time, speak to God – that is equally satisfying and relaxing.

Now, the decision is mine – God has spoken, what do I choose?  Live by my flesh or by His power?  Let’s visit this in a week’s time for the verdict!

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https://odb.org/2017/09/06/before-the-lord/

What truth and wisdom from a faithful king – even the king lays out his concern before the Lord; why would I hold on to mine?

Lord, I want to learn from Hezekiah, turn to you and uphold you and trust in you in times of anxiety and confusion.  Amen.

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