But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold (Job 23:10 NIV).
Gold is precious. It is beautiful. It is of great value. It is cherished by one and all. Why is this so?
The reason is not difficult to find. Pure gold is got … Read the rest
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6 NIV).
Training a child is very important. These are his formative years and what he learns in childhood is what he will follow till the day of his death. Habits that are formed … Read the rest
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
It is of great comfort to know that we are here on earth not by accident. We are here because God knew that … Read the rest
Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me (Ezekiel 33:7 NIV).
A watchman may have the lowest rank in the list of a king’s soldiers. But in importance this post is key to the safety of the … Read the rest
When I am afraid, I will trust in you (Psalm 56:3 NIV).
Not one man on earth can claim that he has never been afraid in his life. Whether the reason for fear is reasonable or not, man is full of fear during many moments in his lifetime. David describes here the simple and most … Read the rest
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:17 NIV).
We think often in terms contrary and opposite to what God thinks. We have the mistaken notion that we cannot approach God when we are not in our very best. What a wrong … Read the rest
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him (Psalm 126:5,6 NIV).
Pain taken at the beginning always bring joy in the end. But those who idle away their time and opportunities will have … Read the rest
After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals (Judges 2:10,11 NIV).
A lot of important things are to be learned here. The … Read the rest
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15 NIV).… Read the rest
Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled (Joshua 21:45 NIV).
This beautiful statement comes in the context of the conquest of the promised land. God gave the Israelites all the land He had sworn to give to them; and the Israelites took possession of … Read the rest
Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap (Ecclesiastes 11:4 NIV).
Many men live defeated lives because they are controlled by their circumstances. But a few live victorious lives because they trust in God and overcome their difficult circumstances.
We stand to lose heavily if we stop our … Read the rest
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men (Proverbs 22:29 NIV).
Most Christians take a very lazy attitude towards their work. This is wrong. And it dishonors God. This is because God has given man the ability to work. And God also … Read the rest
In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out–until the day it lifted (Exodus 40:36,37 NIV).
God is to be acknowledged in all our travels. It means that we have to wait for … Read the rest
That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him (Esther 6:1 NIV).
This is amazing. By that day evening, wicked Haman had built a seventy-five feet high gallows to hang Mordecai. He had decided to ask … Read the rest
So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly –(Joshua 14:14 NIV).
This is the story of a remarkable man of faith. We are given a small but informative sketch about his zeal for God.
Caleb was one of the leaders … Read the rest
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint –(Isaiah 40:31 NIV).
Hoping in the Lord can be disheartening at times because the answer to your prayers may have been delayed. At … Read the rest
One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head –(Micah 2:13 NIV).
Our God is One who breaks open ways where none exists. As Christians we often come to dead ends in … Read the rest
Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. Though he drives the wheels of his threshing cart over it, his horses do not grind it –(Isaiah 28:28 NIV).
Bread is the final product we get after a lot of processes. And from this process that God has … Read the rest
But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, `Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them’ –(Numbers 20:12 NIV).
Trusting in God is good. But when you are leaders of God’s flock … Read the rest
And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God— (1 Samuel 23:16 NIV).
David was a great man of God–a man after God’s own heart! He did great exploits trusting in his God. But when there came difficult times in his life, he was just like any … Read the rest
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him –(Isaiah 64:4 NIV).
God can act only for those who wait for Him. Those who are busily rushing forward need not expect God to act for … Read the rest
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace –(Numbers 6:24-26 NIV).
This is the priestly blessing with which God commanded Aaron and his sons to bless the Israelites.
God wishes to bless … Read the rest
Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained –(1 Samuel 2:30b NIV).
God is worthy of our highest honor. The story of Eli and his sons teaches us that there is a serious possibility of losing God’s favor when we dishonor God: Eli and his sons were chosen … Read the rest
But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow— (Psalm 60:4 NIV).
“BUT” is the most important word here. This promise is not for everyone. It is only for those who fear God. :q Does it mean that you have to tremble in fear? Does it … Read the rest
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: `In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it’ (Isaiah 30:15 NIV).
We humans do not take rest seriously. We always want to move about and get things done. But God … Read the rest
For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end (Psalm 48:14 NIV).
This God who dwells with His children and protects them is our God. He is our God not only for our earthly life, but for the life beyond it as well. He is … Read the rest
In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat (Isaiah 10:27 NIV).
A day will come when every bondage in your life will be broken. What a relief will it be when the burden that drowned you … Read the rest
Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you (Zechariah 9:12 NIV).
God is our fortress. Those who remain within the fortress are surrounded with God’s strength. The fortress thus is a symbol of divine protection. This protection is available to a child … Read the rest
The hurts of life are painful.
And the agony of some life-experiences are like volcanic lava that boil and occasionally erupt under great pressure.
The suffering is real.
And words of comfort or care from your dearest may not wipe away those tears.
The question is: Can God?
The first thing to note is that, … Read the rest
Like a newborn child grows day by day, a born again person is also like a child growing in the life of faith. Here are different stages of a Christian’s walk of faith. These stages may not happen exactly in the order described below. But it might help in understanding the changes that can happen … Read the rest