Archive for September, 2012

Wait Patiently…

One of the important exhortations of the Bible is the call to “wait on the Lord.” Even though God promises special blessings for waiting, waiting is one of the most difficult exhortations of the Scripture. Why is it so hard? Because, as a part of fallen humanity, we are so prone to take matters into our own hands, to follow our own schemes. Yet, over and over again we are told in the Scripture to “wait on the Lord.”

David was anointed as a future king when he was a young shepherd (1Samuel 16:11-13), perhaps 12-15 year old. He was anointed as King of Israel when he was thirty years old (2 Samuel 5:3). This means that it was at least 15 years before he became the King of Israel.
David is referred as a man after God’s own heart because of various reasons but one of the outstanding Christ-like characters in David was his ‘Patience’.  Our Lord was patient when He walked on the earth and He is still patient with the people of this world waiting for their repentance. He is patiently working on us to be more like Him.

Let’s also learn to be patient when circumstance and situations calls us to wait on the Lord.


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He cares for you…

When we carry our worries, stress and daily struggles by ourselves we are not fully trusting God. Sometimes we think that struggles are caused by our mistakes and foolishness are not God’s concern.

A young boy was trying to move a hard stone in the courtyard while his father was looking from the doorstep. He tried and tried and at last gave up with disappointment. Then his father asked him, “Son did you make use of all your resources to move the stone”? He immediately replied and said, “Yes Dad, I used all my strength to move it.” Gently then his father told him “No my son, you did not use all your resources, I was just a call away but you never asked for a help”.

This is what we do in our daily lives. We try and try by taking all the burdens and anxiety on our shoulders and at the end we give up, tired and disappointed.

“Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you”.

1Peter 5:7 Let’s learn to trust in Him in all our situation.

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John bore witness of Jesus Christ and made a profound statement. He tells us of His incarnation and His character. He became flesh and that He was full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Grace and truth was always shown in the life of Christ. He exhibited grace and that is reason that many wretched sinners have been accepted by Him. His manifestation of grace was seen when He forgave the sin of the woman caught in adultery. We see Him sitting and dining with sinners and tax collectors which did not go well with the Pharisees. That was His display of GRACE. But He also spoke the truth. His words were able to pierce the hearts of the listeners. Jesus himself claimed that He was the TRUTH (John 14:6).

When we are striving to be more like Jesus, we too must show grace and truth. Grace- ready to accept, forgive and love others and also Truth- always speak and do the truth. If we lean more towards Grace we will tend to compromise, and if we lean more towards Truth, we tend to criticize. Let us display grace and truth in our lives so that we win others.

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Relationships can grow only when there is a mutual understanding between two persons to do things which are pleasing to one another. The moment we are selfish in taking the benefits from the partner and not willing to give, the relationship will come to an end sooner or later. In a worldly style of relationship, it works based on the principle of how one can be benefited through others, but for a person who has Jesus in his heart he will look for opportunities to be a benefit to others more than to get benefited from others.  A Christ-like prayer is asking the Lord- How can I be a benefit rather than receiving benefits from You?

Our Lord became poor in order to make us rich. He became a servant and humbled Himself to draw us nigh unto God. His unselfish life was a benefit to many who came to Him for healing of their spirit, soul and body. God said to Abraham “I will bless you so that you shall be a blessing”. Genesis 12:2. The blessings will flow from a heart that has Jesus.

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