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.) Continue reading “The Chronicles Part 1: Power to the People”→
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.
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.
I woke up to 2012 with a sore body. I wonder why because all I did during the new year’s eve is watch MBC’s Gayo Daejun. (Don’t judge me, please. :P) Good thing, I requested to be assigned for the exhortation on the second service because I might wake up late. Although I was awake early enough to be able to attend the first, you know how it’s like after the holiday. Hehe.
But then, yes, I was able to attend the morning service. Yay! And it’s a good thing I did.
The message for 2012 is that this is a year of establishment.; in governing the blessings that God is giving us. Some things might not happen yet in 2011, not because we were punished but probably because we “don’t deserve it” – meaning God knows what is and when is the best for us. 🙂
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances…” But why do we need to thank in all circumstances? Because everything is done (in the cross, two thousand years ago, that is.)
My 2011 isn’t perfect. I may have received a lot of blessings but I also have several regrets. But it won’t stop me from being grateful because I know the Big Guy up there has done something for me; for us all.
And claiming that this is a year of establishment, I told my friend, Yan, that it doesn’t only apply to buildings or careers. I know we all have something we want to establish this year. How are you starting off and what are you gonna do to accomplish it? 😉
One of the things that lingered to me during this morning’s church service is the side story about Jesus walking on water. (Matthew 14: 22-36)
There were several instances in the Scriptures where Jesus and His disciples were in the water. One of the most memorable is that during a great storm where the apostles were frightened when all the while, their Rabbi was fast asleep. Jesus calmed the storm (Mark 4:35-40) for them (and the disciples got a little bit “scolding” from Him.) But really, why all the fuzz? Why were they terribly terrified?
I must admit, the last few days back were a struggle for me – catching up with deadlines in school, messed up communications with several people, compromised quiet time, a lot of tasks to finish at work… The list could just go on. And there I go, lost, or well, most likely, doing the swerve.