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The Chronicles Part 1: Power to the People

Before anything else, I would like to make clear that this entry is not about the current situation in one of our fellow ASEAN brother nation. My understanding about the current situation in Thailand is too limited and giving a big chunk of opinion is not necessary at the moment (I can always talk about it with friends or people who know more about the subject than I do.)
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What You Have is Enough

Gideon was less likely to be chosen a warrior. He came from the weakest clan from the tribe of Manasseh and is the weakest member of his family (as he said). His claim will make you overlook him for how can you trust someone who doesn’t even trust himself?

But God saw Gideon with His eyes and not Gideon’s eyes. God saw him as a might warrior and a deliverer. He knew that despite the lack of confidence and self-worth, Gideon will be able because God himself will enable.

When God sends us to do something, we often quarrel with Him and we argue that we are not good enough, able, or as good as anyone else. But like how He saw Gideon, He sees us with what we have. I love what verse 14 of the 6th chapter of Judges says,

Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!

God doesn’t demand anything from you apart from what you already have at the moment. The very instance He calls you, He knows that what you have is enough to win the battle.

“They May Say I’m a Dreamer…”

“… But I’m not the only one.”

The world needs a pool of dreamers. Dreamers who see something and act accordingly to achieve those visions. Dreamers who do not only dream for themselves but dream for something greater. How we all wish Imagine‘s lyrics hold true.

I know I’ve previously mentioned that Joseph is one of, if not, my favourite Bible character. There are a lot of reasons but let me tell you about what he is most known for – being the dreamer.

My current devotion is along the last chapters of Genesis. Today focuses on the life of Joseph when he is already prime minister in Egypt. Genesis 45:7 says,

“But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”

Joseph did not say that to brag to his brothers who did not believe him when he said they’d soon bow down to him, a dream given to him by the Lord (see Genesis 37:7 and 9). He said that because he knows his purpose – a purpose given to him by the Lord.

Despite everything he had to go through, especially in the hands of his own siblings, he knew full well that it is part of a much bigger picture – preserving Israel’s generation and the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham – that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore (see Genesis 15:5; 22:17). Joseph knew his purpose. God gave it to him through his intimacy with the Lord and his dreams.

What is your purpose? Do we value foresight? Do we see ourselves as a part of the bigger picture? Or are we confined to just us; our own and our own immediate crowd?

God’s promise in Romans 8:28 says,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

It will not work without our love for God (which is a result of His love for us) and knowing our purpose in Him. Joseph’s life is a living proof of such even if he lived generations before Paul wrote that epistle to the Romans. You can also be that living proof even if you have lived generations past that passage.

We are called towards a purpose. Seek God and believe (and live according to) what He has called you for.

Jugs and Containers

2 Kings 4:1-7 tells of a widow who was in debt, and in order to pay for it, his sons were threatened to be taken away from her to be slaves. She came to Elisha the prophet to ask for help and he told her, ” Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from your neighbors. And not just a few – all you can get…” (v. 3, MSG)

Then the widow followed Elisha’s order to fill all the containers she got with the little of the olive oil left for the family to use for the rest of their lives. And guess what? The widow was able to fill out all the jars and containers until there is nothing to be filled. And Elisha told her to sell everything she has gathered to be able to pay for all her debts.

Sometimes, God is only waiting for us to empty ourselves so that He could fill us up. And we can only receive as much as we can contain. He knows it! And He wants to fill us as much as He can. But it will be up to us to decide whether we can be filled or not. Why keep your potentials to yourself? Why not try helping others when you can? The Lord wants us to receive blessings anew from morning to morning, but He can only work that out when we’re ready to be filled; consumed because we gave ourselves out to something bigger than us.

That Piece of Land

I am a person who loves any body of water but certainly cannot swim. I still love it, though I know it could kill myself if go into a deeper part of it. No wonder the Israelites were afraid of crossing the Red Sea when they were set to a journey towards the Promised Land.

A lot of us might be familiar with how the Israelites behaved during the journey; heck, they were complaining even when they were still in Egypt! Then again, they were all set to return to the land promised to them until they came across the sea. And for their reactions, I suggest you read Exodus 14: 11-12. And oh, it hit me! I’m so guilty of such!

Like the Israelites, most of us trust God only until we see no land anymore. And I personally learned that I need to hold on to faith and realize that even if the other side of the ocean is out of sight, He could lift up the waters for us to pass.