Thursday, 26 June 2014

Relying on God’s Wisdom

Are you in a position where you feel your abilities are not sufficient, your past learnings don’t match, your capabilities are limited, and people don’t accept you?

When God chose Moses to lead the people of Israel, he knew will not be able to with the capabilities he had. Probably, he was trained to be a king and rule the nation from the palace. But with 40 years having passed, those training would have become dim. To lead thousands of people from the land of Egypt to Canaan seemed an unattainable task for 80-year-old, stammering Moses.

He gave excuses one after another; he was trying to prove to God that we wasn’t the perfect fit for this great task.

It was doubtful whether even the fellow Israelites would accept him as their leader! “Who made you the judge and ruler over us?” this question would have probably been ringing into Moses’ ears.

Who am I? Suppose they will not listen to my voice? I am not eloquent. Send someone else. Moses made excuses again and again.

But did God leave him? No! As Paul puts it, “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable..” (Romans 11:29)

When God calls you for a particular task, remember He will be with you. He will give you the overcoming wisdom and strength to handle the challenges. The only answer to Moses’ many excuses was ‘I will certainly be with you.’

What more do you need when the creator of the Universe, the source of wisdom, strength and power promises to be with you?

God places you in such a position so that you will rely on God’s wisdom and not yours, as Paul rightly says – So that no flesh will glory in His presence (1 Cor 1:29).

Paul knew this secret very well. He says in vs. 27 and 28, God chooses the foolish things of the world to put to shame the things that are wise, the weak things to put shame the things that are mighty, base and despised things to bring to nothing the things that are.

Paul had a strong Jewish background. A learned man, well-versed in scriptures, Paul had studied under the feet of Gamaliel – a great scholar. He almost memorized the first five books in the Bible. Humanly speaking, he would have been the perfect choice and ideal candidate to minister to Jews.

But see God’s calling. He was a chosen vessel to minister to the Gentiles. The Gentles had little appreciation for his great learning. Paul had to get rid of human wisdom and completely rely only on God’s wisdom to minister to Gentiles.

And surprisingly Peter, an unlearned man, a fisherman, was chosen to minister to pious Jews. Again Peter had to rely on God’s wisdom alone.

Are you in a position where you feel yourself inefficient, incapable and unaccepted? You are in a place where God wants you to be. You are deliberately positioned by God in a place where you’ll learn to depend on God every moment so that to God alone all glory belongs. As God promised Moses, He will be with you as an able guide, whose wisdom and grace will be all-sufficient for you.

God has called you and He will take you through.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Justice and Righteousness

Amos 5:24
But let justice run down like water
And righteousness like a mighty stream

This is probably a familiar verse that highlights justice and righteousness.

The verse begins with the word ‘but.’ And if you refer the previous verses, it is amazing to know how God condemns several practices that were ritually followed by the Jewish society. He uses strong words like hate, do not savour, will not accept, nor will I regard, take away from Me and will not bear

The list of things he condemns using these words is still tragic:

  •       feast days
  •        sacred assemblies
  •        burnt offerings
  •        noise of songs
  •        grain offerings
  •        melody of stringed instruments

All these were very important to the Jews. They can be equalled to communion, worship, fasting prayer and special services in today’s churches.

God says he does not want any of these if there is no justice and righteousness with the people of God.
We serve a just and righteous God and as His children, we are to be His imitators. Unfortunately, however, even in today’s society and churches, justice and righteousness takes a backseat when compared to practice and rituals.

But, as God says, let justice run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream

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