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
God is not mentioned in the Book of Esther. Yet one cannot read it without seeing the unseen hand of God in absolute control of events. Time and again it is demonstrated in the story.
The entire thrust of the story is how God had raised Esther to be the queen. Her status from that of a member of a captive family in exile and that of an orphan was … Read the rest
“Go and tell Ebed-Melech the Cushite … `I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord’ ” (Jeremiah 39:16a, 18 NIV).
This message was important because it came to Jeremiah even while he was kept a prisoner in the courtyard of the guard. Now what was so special about Ebed-Melech? He was a Cushite; … Read the rest
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God (Isaiah 50:10 NIV).
Obedience can lead through darkness. Such an experience should not come as a surprise. Instead this knowledge should help you to be prepared for it. The darkness can come in long … Read the rest
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God (Isaiah 62:3 NIV).
A great promise; originally referring to the future greatness of Zion. It refers to a definite change of status. God is going to exalt Jerusalem in the near future. God is going to give her a new name and her desolations of all the years are going … Read the rest
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side” (2 Kings 4:3,4 NIV).
God’s methods to meet His children’s needs are many. In this incident we find God meeting the need of the … Read the rest
So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians … So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:8a, 10 NIV).
This chapter in the Bible shows us the divine initiative. It tells us that God is concerned about the suffering of His children. It shows us the heart of God who takes the … Read the rest
Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to beg the king for her house and land (2 Kings 8:5a NIV).
It is all about divine timing! When people of the world strain and strive to make things happen, God makes it happen for His children in a very special way. When … Read the rest
Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen? (2 Kings 7:2b NIV).
Here is an example of a man who can’t believe good news. Such people are so much influenced by the negative circumstances that they can’t believe that God is bringing good out of it even when it is told them prophetically by a prophet of God.
As far as this man … Read the rest