Tuesday, 5 February 2019

WHILE YOU ARE WAITING, GOD IS WORKING


I don’t know if there is anyone who likes to wait. Do you?

Waiting is hard, frustrating and at times can test our faith. Desires we long for, prayers we’ve been praying about or news we’re waiting to hear can tempt us to be impatient, to be discouraged, to worry or to even wonder if God really cares.

When God tells us to wait, trust Him. Trust Him completely. God has your best interest in His mind.

Here are three things to remember even as you are waiting.
1. God prepares you inwardly to receive the blessing or in other words God is working on your character

God uses your waiting periods to prepare godly character in you.

Interestingly in ladder of faith that Peter writes about in 2 Peter 1:6, godliness follows perseverance. Godliness does not follow faith or knowledge but it follows perseverance. When you wait, you develop patience and thereby godliness.

The period of 40 years, from the time Moses received the vision from God to when it was actually fulfilled was not an easy one for him.
When Moses first got the vision, he was a different man. He was young, energetic and relied on his strength to get things done. He was a prince that time, having some kind of power and authority.

As a young man, he was hasty and rash. He kills the Egyptian who tried to hurt his fellow brother. He tries to reconcile and be a judge among two Hebrew brethren who were fighting.

He used his strength and means that time.

By the time God met him by burning bush, God had completely worked on him. Moses knew his strength is nothing. He had no power to accomplish anything. He literally fights with God to choose someone else for this great task.

When he became totally dependent on God, God fulfilled the vision through Moses.
And Numbers 12:3 testifies to Moses’ character. There was not a man humbler than him on the face of earth.

Moses was able to persevere because his focus was on God. Heb 11:27 - he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

      2.  He prepares your skills and your abilities.

While on one hand, he molds you, shapes you, he takes away your pride and your dependency on yourself, on the other hand, he prepares your skills and abilities to receive the calling/blessing he has in store for you.

David was probably 10-15 years old when he was first anointed to be the king by prophet Samuel. He had to wait until 30 to actually become the king. And during those days, God was preparing David and equipping him to be the king.

No doubt, his first victory was with a sling and a few pebbles, but later as a king, he never fought battles with sling and pebbles. He was fully equipped. He was trained by God

That is why David says in Ps 144:1 - Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.

3. God prepares the circumstances as you are waiting upon Him
Esther 6:1-4

The way God works is so interesting! God was preparing the circumstances for not only protecting Mordecai but also exalting him.

While Haman was busy throughout the previous night setting up the gallows for Modecai, in God’s sovereign plan, the king stays up all night in order that he might be reminded of Mordecai’s act of saving his life.

The book that was supposed to put him to sleep kept him awake, waiting for the dawn to break. And as the dawn breaks, Haman arrives at the king’s court seeking an occasion to speak to the king about putting his enemy Mordecai on gallows.  

I have read this passage over and over again and always admired at the wisdom of God’s timing.

Even in our lives, God prepares the circumstance in our favour. His timing is always perfect. While we might never get a glimpse of God’s calendar, all that you and I can do is to trust God.
God is calling you to a trust him so deeply that you literally stop doing anything in your own strength and just wait for him.

Prov 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

Conclusion
There is actually something happening while nothing seems to be happening in your life. God is working while you are waiting

To read the full sermon: https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/god-is-working-while-you-are-waiting-sunitha-justin-sermon-on-trust-god-236856?ref=ContributorDetails


Monday, 19 February 2018

An Invitation That Transcends All Boundaries


You host a party. Who would be in your invite list?


Family. Obviously!
Friends. Oh. They are the must. Else, what’s the fun?
VIPs. Of course, they add to the nobility of the party.
Neighbours. Why not?

Strangers. Why would you? Random people for no reason! Definitely not. They don’t deserve your invite.


But if there’s one invite that transcends all boundaries, be it ethnicity, religion or socio-economic status, it is the invite from the Man on the Cross.

The Lent Days reminds us of this Great Invitation.

Invitation to the troubled and the weary world (Matt 11:28).
Invitation to approach the throne of God boldly, through His work on the cross (Heb 4:16).
Invitation that washes away our sins and offers us a new life in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).
Invitation that gives us joy and peace (John 14:27).
Invitation that promises us ‘exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think’ (Eph 3:20)
Invitation that offers us rest (Mat 11:28).

What a glorious invitation! But an often forgotten one - in our busy lives. 
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matt 11:28)

Isa 55 is a foreshadow of this great invitation.

If you are thirsty, come to the waters.
If you are in need, come, buy and eat, without price.
If you find no satisfaction, listen to Him and your soul will delight in abundance.

If you accept this invite from our Lord Jesus Christ, you are freed of Adam’s curse on mankind. Instead of thorns and brier, you will see cypress and myrtles (Isa 55:13).

An invitation to ‘all’ and to ‘anyone’. Let's extend this invitation to people around us! 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Love at First Sight




When his tiny fingers gently moved around her hands, her heart melted. It was love at first sight.

She knew he was one of the abandoned babies. She knew he was destined to die as per the law of the land. She knew he was not of her status, and definitely not an Egyptian.

But she couldn’t resist herself. She carefully lifted the tiny being, and brought him home!

She raised him up as her own son.

Wow! What an expected favour from God. What a sudden turn of events!

The baby who would’ve otherwise been to the grave is now in the palace – growing up as a son of the Pharaoh.

For a mother watching her son to die in the waters, isn’t it a miracle to see him not just alive, but thrive in the palace?

When thousand other Hebrew male babies were abandoned and killed, this one, Moses, survived, thanks to the unexpected favour from God.

God’s favour will come to you from unexpected corners.

God’s favour is able to lift you from the pit, however deep, and place you on the rock (1 Sam 16).

His favour will turn your circumstance upside down. It will reverse your situation by 180 degrees (Gen 41:41).

When his favour is upon you, you will reap a hundred-fold even during the drought (Gen 26:12).

Lev 26:9 – For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you. 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Trust God, though you can't trace His ways


A party time!

The eldest brother throws a big party. All his brothers and sisters are invited.

Everyone is having a good time together. Lots of cheers, plenty of fun and, of course, a great feast. But this did not last long. Suddenly, all their faces turn pale with fear.

No meteorological forecast had predicted this. No warning signs. No time to escape. A great and destructive wind killed them all. All ten children died in a moment.

The news reaches Job’s ears. But, this isn’t the first bad news for the day.

The Sabeans raided his oxen and his donkeys.
The fire burnt his sheep.
The Chaldeans raided the camels.
Most of his servants are killed.

Wait a moment! Did the children have to party the same day when animals are being raided? How come the great wind did nothing to the Sabeans and the Chaldeans? Fire at one place and a gusty wind at another?

And all this in a moment. Is this a planned attack or a coincidence?

And in a little while, painful boils from the sole of his feet to the crown of his head.

What’s happening?  

God, why is this happening to me?
Why would God allow this?
If only I hadn’t met him/her.
I wish I never woke up to see that horrific day!
Why this terrible sickness?
Should life be this unfair?

“But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” Job 23:10
 
What a statement by Job ‑- in the midst of loss, sickness and neglect.

There are two things in this profound statement by Job.

One, He knows the way I take. God knows what you’re going through. Things that happen in your life aren’t a surprise to God. Probably to you, but not to Him. He knows you in and out. He knows the emotions you’re going through. He sees your tears.

Two, when you pass your test, you’re sure to shine. As gold!

That’s what happened to Job. He did not drown in his sickness. He did not sink in his pain. There was a way out - a way that God had planned for him.

Job sees God in the midst of his pain. What a glorious moment it would’ve been! Wow, isn’t there a reason to thank God for the problems that He allows in your life? “Now my eye sees You” - Job 42:5

Job learnt the power of forgiveness. His three friends came to comfort him but ended up blaming him, criticising him, condemning him and finding wrong in him. But Job could now forgive them and pray for them.

Job got back all that he lost. And a double-fold!

Not just material restoration, there was restoration of relationships. All his brothers, all his sisters and all his acquaintances came to him.

His remaining years were blessed by the Almighty.

He lived until he was old and full of days, seeing his children and grandchildren - for four generations.

Trust Him, though you cannot trace what He is up to. His ways are amazing and beyond your comprehension.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

A Festival With a Difference

It’s a Jewish festival. We’re not sure what the festival is. Probably, the feast of Tabernacle or the festival of Purim. Doesn’t matter! It’s a festival. And hence, a celebration.

On the top of it, it is Sabbath. The Holy Day for the Jews.

In Jerusalem, by the Sheep gate, you find a pool. All you see around the pool are people with disability or disease. People waiting for a miracle. People waiting for a great number of years, just for one miracle, that could change their life.

But no one seems to be bothered about this crowd of people.

Everyone else is busy in their own festive mood. Celebrating years of togetherness, meeting age-old friends, exchanging hugs and love – everyone else is busy. Busy in their own world!

Here, this lot of people – the blind, the lame, the paralyzed, are waiting for the pool to be stirred. Apparently, the first person to get into the pool, once the pool is stirred, probably by an angel, receives instant healing.

A man, invalid for the last 38 years, never got the chance to get into the pool first, simply because there was no one to lift him and drop him in.

Here comes someone, Lord Jesus!

He shuns meaningless festivity. He is not to be seen among the religious Jews. He is not beside the altar.

He is among the sick. And the diseased.
He is among people who are helpless.
He is among those who are looking for someone to help them.
He is among those neglected by the society.
He is among those who are longing for an acceptance.

Still today, He is among those who need love, acceptance, forgiveness or healing.

It took Him just a moment to heal the man, who was invalid for 38 years. He is the same unchanging God yesterday, today and forever.

It will take Him just a moment to do a miracle in your life.


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Math in the Desert



One of the biggest math-miracles is centered around Moses and the Israelites.

In the desert, the Israelites had to get food and how do you feed 3.5 million people? 

According to the quartermaster General of the American army, Moses needed 1500 ton of food daily. A 6-km long freight train would be needed to transport the food.

The food had to be cooked with firewood and you must remember: they were in the desert. 4000 ton of wood would be needed per day and again a few freight trains, each approximately 2-km long, to transport the wood.

Something to think about: they moved through the desert for 40 years.

What about water? Just enough to drink and wash-up a little, they would need 50 million litre each day and a freight train with tankers, approximately 19-km long, would be needed to bring the water. 

There were only a few waterholes in the desert. How did they get enough water?

Another thing!

They had to pass through the Red Sea in one night! If they had a footpath where they walked two-two at a time, the line would be 1280-km long and it would take them 35 days and nights to pass through. 

So, there must have been a path through the Red Sea of about 5-km wide for 5000 people to be able to walk beside each other in go.

Another problem: they had to camp each night. A camping sight of 1200 square meter was needed, that is 40-km wide and 48-km long.

Do you think Moses had it all worked out to the finest detail before the big move?

No, he was only an ordinary man with a unwavering faith in GOD! GOD would take care of everything! Come, take courage, you with all your problems.

Guess what?  ... We serve the same GOD!!!

HE has never changed, and if HE could resolve all Moses' problems, HE will also resolve your problems!
All we need is an unwavering faith in GOD!

*Taken from an anonymous source.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

You are a divine appointment

Taking the center stage, in the midst of philosophers and Athenians and other foreigners, Paul begins his speech - one of the best speeches ever delivered.

In this beautiful passage recorded in Acts 17, Paul talks about the sovereignty of God.

Acts 17:26 - From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.

God has marked out your appointed time in history. Your birth wasn’t an accident, neither your death will be. Your period on earth is a divine appointment.

And, He determines the boundaries of your dwellings. Bible says, He has literally marked them out for you. What an awesome God we serve!

He is a Sovereign God—He’s in charge! He has no beginning and no end. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is not limited by time and space. He shuts doors that no one can open and He opens doors that no one can shut. Nothing enters your life without His permission. He rules this universe.

If your loved one is going through sickness, God is in control. When you are financially broke, God is in control. When you are facing an unpleasant situation, God is in control. When you feel cheated, when you feel rejected, God is in control. When nation goes through persecution, God is in control.

Isn’t it comforting to know that the God you worship is the ruler of everything? The calm assurance that your Father has everything in His control?


WHILE YOU ARE WAITING, GOD IS WORKING

I don’t know if there is anyone who likes to wait. Do you? Waiting is hard, frustrating and at times can test our faith. Desires we...