What do you do when you are defeated? The Israelites asked themselves this question, “Why did the LORD bring defeat upon us today before the Philistines” (1 Samuel 4:3)?
It was a right question. They knew that their defeats did not happen by chance. They saw God’s hand in their defeat. It was not the Philistines who defeated them. It was the LORD, and the Philistines just the channel through … Read the rest
There are two questions posed by Jesus to his disciples. One, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Two, “Who do you say I am?”
Several answers are possible for the first question: A prophet, a good man, a miracle worker, healer, teacher, and so on. All of them are true but it does not matter if you are unable to answer the second question.
Jesus is asking … Read the rest
Many of us take great pride in our knowledge. Until there comes moments in life we are unable to find meaning in our struggles, disappointments, and failures.
We seek answers; and no answers come by. We question God. We entertain doubts. We are troubled.
And what if God then comes to us? What if instead of giving answers he starts asking questions? What if those questions are unanswerable? Job found … Read the rest
What is God’s call on your life? This is a question which bothers many. Is it a call to be a pastor, a missionary, a doctor, engineer, businessman or a politician?
Let it be whatever God wants you to be. But there is a greater calling which Paul talks about: “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life (1 Thessalonians 4:7).” Why is … Read the rest
Some roles are not glamorous. But without supporting roles the story cannot move forward. I am not talking about movies or story scripts. But I am more concerned about your role in God’s plan.
We all look up to leaders and study their lives and dream about becoming one like them. But only a few are called to be leaders. The rest, the vast majority like you and me, are … Read the rest
But God. Two words. What a difference it makes if you can look at your situations through these two words.
But God (Genesis 45:7, 8). Joseph is looking at his life through this lens.
But it took him a long time; nearly twenty-two years to come to this point. All along the way, right when he started having dreams of greatness, he also started to have troubles.
Misunderstood by his … Read the rest
But Jonah ran away from the LORD (Jonah 1:3). He had his own reasons to run away. But it was disobedience.
Again, he forgot he was running away from God. The Psalmist David found out the utter foolishness and impossibility of fleeing from God (Psalm 139:7–12). If his testimony does not convince you, give it a try!
Even when you are running away, you might find circumstances to be very … Read the rest
With Adoration and Praise
He is “majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders.” “Who among the gods is like you, O LORD (Exodus 15:11)? Therefore, magnify and glorify the LORD in prayer (Psalm 34:3).
We often think of God blessing us. Why not take time to bless his glorious name (Nehemiah 9:5z). Why not bless his holy name. Let this be done remembering all his benefits (Psalm … Read the rest
God is reminding you a simple principle today. You reap what you sow.
Why is this reminder important? It is important because many believers wonder about the reason why their life is not exhibiting growth in the Lord.
Okay. Wait a minute. Think. Did you sow anything in the last many years? What does that mean? Did you do something to build your relationship with God?
Now think about farming. … Read the rest
A sunset. Can it have this kind of impact? Yes, when God is the key player in the drama.
The sun had set when Jacob rested his head on a stone pillow. He then had a dream. A ladder touching heaven and resting on earth. Angels of God were going up and down on it.
What a glorious dream. But we miss the point if we forget that the LORD … Read the rest