Month: October 2015
Deuteronomy 4: 29 – “….You will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all soul.”
Where you will be, there, He will also be- remember that today.
Paul’s letters to the Colossians were written for a church in Colossae. Paul had learned of false teachers in this church who insisted that in order to know God, and have full salvation one must worship certain “spiritual rulers and authorities”. Paul wrote the letters for the people of the church, that they know that it is through Jesus they recieve Salvation, and not through other practices and beliefs. – through Christ, God created the world and it is through Jesus, that He is bringing it back to himself.
One of the verses that stood out was Colossians 1:27
“To them, God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
… don’t be so hard on yourself if in a moment you feel that you don’t have it all together. Maybe you’ve just realised that you were doing ‘it’ wrong. Or if your like me, maybe you’re trying to figure it all out. – God made it known to me today that when I search for Him, I will find he has always been where i needed Him… Already ahead, taking care of it.
in whatever you’re doing, you aren’t alone. Dig deep and rest assured. You will find Him.
-“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” (1 John 4:10)
I could be so far gone in my own life sometimes, or have moments when I’m going in the opposite direction to God, and yet, He still chases me. An amazing reality of God’s love is finding that even when our hearts are unwilling, God still desires us – everything of who we are. The unconditional grace.
I was reading the book of Jonah from the bible a few days ago and it wasn’t until then that I realized how amazing His story was. God had instructed Jonah to go to Nineveh, and preach judgement to the Assyrians. Instead of obeying God, Jonah decided to run and hide from Him. In doing so, Jonah ended up being swallowed by a whale, and remained there for three days. During those three days, Jonah prayed
1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry…..[cont.]
then God commanded the fish to vomit Jonah out. Following this, Jonah decided that He was going to do what God had asked of him and went to Nineveh to preach to the people. His preaching caused the people of Nineveh to repent. This pleased God, but Jonah was upset. He couldn’t understand God’s mercy on a people who were once against Him.
Putting this into perspective, I realized that we tend to be runners like Jonah. Its important to note that the people of Nineveh were rebels against God, it’s possible that Jonah was afraid of travelling there to preach to a town against his beliefs. Jonah may have felt inadequate, afraid of what will result of him accepting God’s commission. – Fear desires us to turn away because we’ve already made up our minds about the outcome. The idea of doing something that seems unlikely or out of our reach is scary; stepping out of our comfort zones is scary, being totally honest is scary, speaking out is scary… But if God gives you that opportunity, will you run?
God isolated Jonah for three days, and in that time, Jonah prayed but in thanksgiving. There is something powerful about being alone with God. At times, that’s what God needs to do to make us realize our potential through Him. Jesus had suffered on the cross, on the third day He resurrected! Jonah was in the whale for three days, and when He was vomitted out, His heart changed and he carried out Gods will. – If you have to be isolated, suffer or be stripped to be alone with God, don’t be afraid! God does drastic things to get our attention sometimes, but what is the benefit of that? – For Jonah, it was obedience to preach and make a city of rebels repent.
At the end, Jonah ended up being upset at God’s compassion for the city. To me, Jonah’s reaction is natural for humans. Often, we don’t understand God’s ways, but that only shows how small our hearts are to His ever-expansive love for us.
How beautiful is it that a whole town ended up repenting as a result of the obedience of one man; who initially ran from God? I loooove the pic at the top and the words: ‘I choose you.” To choose someone, is to pick that person specifically, to desire them. – God chooses YOU. You could be running a million miles away from God, but even then… He chosen to love you still. So here’s the thing… God will always choose You, there’s no question about it. But are you willing to choose Him?
Enjoy the weekend, God Bless!