Shaken

Esther 2:8   (KJV)   So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.

Beyond her control, Esther’s life was drastically and dramatically changed. Before this, there was nothing spectacular about her life prior to what we know now. But her life was Esther 2.8 - Shakenchanged suddenly because of a king’s edict—an imperial king who would eventually become her husband.

Our lives get shaken once and a while—like everyone else’s. When that happens, others get extremely troubled. There’s confusion, there’s doubt, there’s denial, and even loss of faith. But contingencies are real. They’re inevitable, no matter how well laid out our plans and preparations are. But when unexpected things happen that shake us, even at times to the very core of our being, as unpleasant as they may seem; as out of control as they may be, we don’t lose our peace; we don’t lose sleep over them. Instead, we flow with what God allows—restfully, knowing that He will work out everything for our best.

Our most trustworthy God, You’re in control of everything; this is very reassuring to us. No matter what happens, we know there’s not a time and there will never be a time when things are not working out for our best. You are able to—in your incomprehensible wisdom—accomplish that. Help us to see how You’re not just allowing and tolerating situations as You carry us and protect us through them, but You utilize those seemingly unpleasant surprises to direct us, and even catapult us to our destiny. Who can equal to such wisdom? Thank You Dad, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Have Faith

Matthew 14:31   (KJV)   31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

It’s our sincere prayer and deep desire for us to be men and women of faith—not just any faith, but a big, strong faith. That’s the kind of faith we as God’s growing children ought to have. A mustard seed-sized kind of faith is enough, just not any smaller. A mustard seed-matthew-14-31-have-faithsized faith in our Lord is enough to move mountains. We live by faith, not by sight, not in doubt. It doesn’t matter how bad situations are, we know that we know: our God handles them with no problem.

That’s it, for God no situation is a problem situation; situations are only problems to us—the limited us. But our trust is in the Lord. He created the entire universe. That’s why it’s easy for us to believe He can part the mighty seas; He can bring the dead back from the grave; He can heal the sick; He can walk on water; He can deliver us from any and every bondage; He can save us from and through any situation.

Doubt is a natural result of no faith or little faith. It indirectly magnifies the problem and assaults God’s ability. It is doubt in God Himself. But why doubt the Almighty, All-wise and All-present? God can make us walk on water; He can make us fly above the most trying and most adverse of situations. He can make us overcome and rise above whatever problem or difficulty we’re facing even now. We don’t doubt Him. There’s no need to look at the bigness of our problems because we’re focused on the bigness of our God.  Is there really anything, any situation, any enemy, any hardship, any trouble that God is unable to safely carry us through? We all know the answer. That’s why despite all the scorching heat of trials coming from unbelieving people and fallen world, despite the winds and waves brought by powerful storms of life, we live in untouchable and immovable inner peace.

More than Conquerors

 

John 16.33 - More than Conquerors - 1John 16:33   (KJV)   33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

There are trials and temptations; there are troubles and hardships; there are problems and challenges. As believers, we’re tremendously blessed. This is despite all the extreme difficulties we face. True, we’re not exempt from suffering. God’s Word clearly declares that those of us who live godly lives will suffer. We’re sent out as sheep among wolves. This isn’t a pretty picture—in the natural.

There are kinds of suffering shared by all. There are kinds of sufferings unique to unbelievers, and there are sufferings unique to believers. Believers suffer just for being believers. But life in the Lord is the most awesome life there is. We have peace, we have joy. And whatever battle, hardship, or challenge we face, we win—not because we’re strong and wise; it’s because God is. He has overcome the world and there’s nothing the world can do to us that we can’t beat.

God is Truth. He doesn’t want us to live in a false utopia. Yes, paradise is real; it will come. Evil, sin, and every bad experience will completely disappear. Until that time, God shows us the reality of our sin-plagued world. But the beauty about it is: while we wait for the literal visible Kingdom of God to come, His Kingdom already resides in us as His children. We have access to the Kingdom resources and authority. We are overcomers. Truth is: we’re more than conquerors. That’s why we have peace like a river, joy like a fountain and love like an ocean. That’s why in the middle of overwhelming tribulation, we live a wonderful life of loving God and loving everyone, even those who treat us as their enemies.

Brother’s Keepers

Isaiah 32.2

Isaiah 32:2   (KJV)   2And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.


We are our brothers’ keepers. We watch each other’s back. We protect each other. We have ups and down; it’s good to know we don’t go through them alone. First of all, God’s with us; second, we have each other. When we’re under attack, we come to each other’s defense. When we’re overran by hardships, there’s someone we can go to; when we’re lacking, we help provide for each other; when we’re weak; we’re each other’s strength.  We are God’s hands and feet, eyes and heart for each other.

God’s an extremely gracious Father. He gives us fertile lands; He provides great harvest. He lavishes us not just with material things, but with the more important things such as righteousness, justice, love, joy, peace.  That’s why we’re not afraid. What happens around us doesn’t scare us. God can bless us in the middle of the storm. We can sleep soundly at night. We know He watches over us. We’re confident that we’ll wake up in the morning, and everything will be just fine.

That’s why we don’t hold back from blessing others. We have an inexhaustible resource. No one can steal the songs from our hearts; it’s a song we share with each other. There’s sorrow, sickness, and death out there, but we share the fountains of joy, healing, and full life. We’re not in denial; we’re aware of evil and people who operate in it. People lie about us, accuse us wrongly, while others are indifferent to our plight; they won’t lift a finger to help. At times, we lose valuable possessions, and we look abandoned, void of help. But not so; even the seemingly most unpleasant situations are for our best. Knowing this, we’re not bothered; we’re not bogged down with worry and self-pity. We go out, with songs in our spirits, joy in our hearts, we lock arms with our brothers and sisters, and we march together, facing every day and everything together.