And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:
1 Kings 8:23
Sometimes, we tend to question God why other brothers and sisters in Christ are more successful, more progressive, richer and healthier than us. We think God is playing favorites. However, He among us is fair. One of the reasons I see why other Christians are having a good life better than us is because we are not contented with what we have. It can also be due to our partial obedience or disobedience.
Put your feet in the shoes of a teacher. Are you going to reward a student who is always late and lazy? Those who are obedient and hardworking students will always be the one who receives higher grades and incentives from their professors. In our Christian walk, it is those who obey the work of God who always reaps blessings. If you walk with God, no matter how difficult the road is, you have that certainty in your heart that the best is yet to come.
There is no other God that can love and forgive us the same way our Father God can. Do not be a skeptic. Put your whole trust in Him.
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?
1 Kings 3: 9
What do we often ask God during our prayer time? Fame? Success? Money? Although it is not bad to request for these things, it is unusual yet amazing for someone to pray for wisdom and discernment just like King Solomon. Instead of asking for long life and riches, he prayed for wisdom.
Do we often consult God before we decide to make a move? Are we asking for His guidance to lead our day to day activities? The problem with people is that we complain before we listen. We grumble even for petty challenges and we blame God for a difficult situation. If we truly believe in His sovereignty and ask wisdom before we take several steps forward, life is sweeter.
In application, God is full of wisdom and He is generous to give wisdom to those who are asking for it. If we are uncertain of what to do or where to go, ask God to lead the way. The discernment that comes from God will always result in a better judgment. When in doubt, call unto Him and He will answer. His landline is open 24/7 and there are no technical difficulties. Why not call Him now?
and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn
1 Kings 2:3
Nobody’s going to tell you that life is easy. In fact, life is very tough. Challenges are everywhere. It is either a storm had just passed by or you are in the storm, or a storm is coming into your life. But you know what, the good thing is, God is always good, loving, merciful and kind. No matter how hard life is, if we stay obedient to His words and keep His commandments, everything will fall into place.
Trust and obey. That is the secret of a life that is full of joy despite the obstacles of life. If we put our faith in God and allow Him to take control, we have an assurance that His plan is for our good. All we need to do is walk in His ways and follow His commandments. Listen to the Holy Spirit and ask God to guide your steps to take the right path. There is no harm in it. The truth is faith in God is all gain and nothing to lose. Those who believe in Him shall not perish.
3 The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel.
2 Chronicles 17:3-4
A very common problem in the family is favoritism. Between siblings, rivalry is usual especially when one of them thinks that their parents love their brother/sister more than them. Instead of voicing this out to dad and mom, kids seek attention and advice from friends. Some even choose the wrong way and rebel. Will the parents be happy with this? Probably they are showing more attention to one child because that child is obedient and kind. Parents love their children fairly but of course, it is those who follow their commands that make parents’ hearts glad and proud.
Examine yourself. Are you the obedient kid or the rebellious child?
In connection, our Father in Heaven is also fair when it comes to His children. However, if we seek someone or something else, we will not be attentive to what He is saying nor we take His warnings for granted. And we wonder why life has been so problematic when in the first place, God commanded us to obey His words!
On the other hand, those who seek Him will find Him. If we draw closer to God, He will draw closer to us as well. To those who prioritize Jesus, the best is yet to come. If God is with us, we are sure that whatever trial this world brings, we will overcome.
Prayer: Lord, remind us to seek You first above all else. Convict us when we are going the opposite path and doing things that are not according to Your will.
he dawns on them like the morning light,
like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning,
like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.
(2 Samuel 23: 4)
People will always have something to say no matter how good or bad a person is. I reckon it is already in our nature to complain especially when it comes to the one who is ruling the country. Instead of supporting the people who are in authority, we tend to criticize their decisions and actions. And then, we ask for peace and security. How absurd the world can be!
The One who rules the universe, unlike man, is all powerful and all knowing. But despite all the good things that God has done in our lives, sometimes we still grumble. Petty life challenges make us question His plan. That should not be our attitude. If we really love and respect the Ruler of the Earth, we must put our whole trust in His hands. Just like the rain that makes the grass grow, God is the reason of our being. He is the light of our life and without Him, we are nothing. That is why we Christians must prioritize God above all else. He is the petroleum that fuels our lives. And without Him, we will not function appropriately until our spirit dies. So, beware and be mindful of who is ruling your life.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold and my refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.
(2 Samuel 22:2-3)
If there is one thing that I would like myself to be compared with, I would want to be a rock. I just admire how sturdy rocks are in standing the test of time. Certainly, rocks withstand strong winds, typhoons, storms, floods, earthquakes or even fires. No wonder most houses of today are made out of rocks and cement because of its proven sturdiness.
In the same way, our life as a Christian should also be anchored on the Rock of our Salvation. If our house gives us enough protection from the heat of the sun, the strong winds, and storms, our dear Lord protects us from the rock of their life find peace and quiet. No matter how hard life is and no matter where life will take us, as long as God is with us, it will be the best life ever. God’s shield will always keep us away from evil and harm.
But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.” (2 Samuel 15:21)
Life is very vital. It is so ironic that while some are doing their very best to prolong life, expectancy, others just don’t care. There is an increasing number of individuals who are committing suicide. How horrible it is to know that a precious gift was gone in an instant because of the wicked world.
However, did you know that even we Christians will one day experience death? It is inevitable and we are not immune to it. In fact, there are Christians who were killed while spreading the good news. Mr. Jim Elliot, the first husband of Elizabeth Elliot, died while on a mission in Auca. To the people who are unbelievers, it may be thought as unfortunate and risky but to us, to die is gain because death commences our new life with Jesus in Heaven.
Obedience to authority and most of all, to God’s words, is one vital part of Christian living. Do not worry about your life for God will take care of it.
Working as a nurse and dealing with terminally ill patients had proven me that life is so short. All of us will one day be buried six feet under. Our life here on earth is only temporary. The real deal is the life that comes after death.
Life is a gift from God and take note that we only have one life to live. Unlike earthworms which reproduce when cut into pieces, ours is very fragile. That is why we are always told to take care of our physical bodies. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are fundamental. However, aside from the physical aspect, we must also aim to improve and prioritize our spiritual life. Because even though we are healthy physically,mentally, emotionally and financially, if our spiritual life is empty, life after death will be horrible.
God wants us all to be saved. He doesn’t want us to banish and suffer in the eternal fire. If you are certain that you are saved, well and good. Proclaim the gospel and share the good news so that many will also attain salvation. If not, time is running. Better make up your mind to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Tomorrow might be too late.
27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
2 Samuel 11:27
Due to our desire to attain happiness, success or pleasure, sometimes we doesn’t care even if it means violating or compromising the welfare of others. Just like King David who sent Uriah to a fight with a little chance of survival just to have the latter’s wife, we resort to dirty tactics even with the sake of other people just to get what we want. However, take note that the end does not justify the means and God is never pleased with wicked motives and actions.
Keep in mind that it is better to get low grades than to cheat. But of course, it is still best to study hard and prepare yourself for an exam. Same is true when it comes to work matters and other aspects of life. Notice that even the faithful servant of God like King David can still fall into temptation which means that we are at risk of doing things that are unpleasing in the eyes of God. Therefore, we must devote more time communicating with him and meditating His words so that the chance of doing things that are unrighteous will be lessened.
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 timothy 1:7
Did you know that it is our responsibility to share the gospel with the unbelievers? Did you know that it is your job to have those empty seats in the church be filled up? Why? Because God’s vision is our mission and that vision is salvation by bringing souls and making disciples.
Two things that prevent a Christian from sharing Jesus are fear and shame. For this day, I would like to focus more on fear. I am one of the many Christians who is not radical enough in proclaiming Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I honestly envy those youth who, at their very young age, were already courageous and bold enough to disseminate the way, the truth, and the life.
One of my most unforgettable moment was when I joined the house visit/ bible study of Jesus Christ the Great Shepherd Church. That day, we were tasked to visit reviewees who were about to take board examination that time. I was taken aback when my cell leader commanded me to share Romans 6: 23 to the three of them while she will share the same verse to another group. I thank God that I have prepared prior to the house visit. I was able to share salvation and it is an experience that is worth repeating.
God gave us not the spirit of fear so we must not be afraid of anyone or anything. Do not be afraid of rejection. Do not be afraid if the people whom you have shared the word of God is resistant. At least you did your part. It should be our love for God that will drive us to do our responsibility, our mission and not fear to control us. And when instances come that an individual is mocking or disrespecting our faith, remember that God gave us the power of self-control. Do not argue. Pause then pray for their enlightenment.