Too often we try to solve our own problems. We collapse under the weight of burdens and unknowns, as we try to predict all possible outcomes and make decisions to come up with the 'best' solution. But there is a much simpler way. A way that offers freedom. Let go of all your plans, unknowns and burdens. Hand them all to Jesus. He knows the end from the beginning and can lead you through life in an amazing, personal way.
- Jul 30, 2018
- 1 min read
Be faithful in the small jobs that God gives you to do, for they are a teaching ground used to prepare you for bigger projects.
Sometimes it may seem like the tasks we are asked to do are not very significant or important. They may be things which we don't like doing. But each task we are asked to do has a purpose. Each job, done with the right attitude, can be used to bring a change, teach us a skill or give us new insight. It can be used to develop character traits, like endurance, patience, honesty and faith.
When I think about being faithful in the small things, I am reminded of many stories, including the story of Joseph, who being sold as a slave, worked for his Egyptian master. It could seem that the jobs he was asked to do as a slave were not very important, yet, because he was faithful to God and in doing his tasks, God was with him and "he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master." (Gen 39:2, NLT).
You can read Joseph's story from working as a slave to being second in command after the Pharaoh. The story is found in the Bible, in the book of Genesis, starting in chapter 39.
- Feb 2, 2018
- 2 min read
Updated: Apr 10, 2018
"The Lord is my shepherd" - what does that even mean?
David, a shepherd turn King, wrote a beautiful poem in which he uses the imagery of God caring for us like a shepherd cares for his sheep. We commonly refer to is as Psalm 23. The words of this psalm may be familiar to you and you may even be able to recite it.
When David wrote this psalm, he was using imagery that was familiar to him. But have you ever tried re-capturing the essence of David's poem using your own words?
I encourage you to contemplate the meaning of the words of this psalm as you write your own version of it. Claim the promises for yourself.
Here is my take on Psalm 23:
My God, the one who made me, looks after me.
He gives me all I need.
He knows what is best for me and where I need to go,
but He doesn't make me go there alone.
He leads me along the way of my life.
He provides a time and a place for me to a break from things.
He refreshes my soul.
The "I AM" does not deceive, but always leads in truth and love.
I do not have to fear the future.
Even though I will encounter tough times,
I will have the strength to get through them,
for You are always with me.
You lead the way and protect me.
What others think of me doesn't change your opinion of me.
You claim me as your child and treat me like royalty.
I am blessed beyond belief.
I am sure that you will continue loving and blessing me
every moment of my life.
And I will spend eternity with You.
- Jan 29, 2018
- 2 min read
Updated: Jan 30, 2018
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10 (NKJV)
God created a perfect world and desired to live with us in harmony. Death was never part of the picture. It came into existence as a sad consequence of wrong choices. As a result this world is no longer a paradise. Here we are surrounded by pain, heartache, tears and death.
When someone close to your heart is suddenly taken away, a range of feelings and emotions flood over you. You feel confused, empty, bewildered, at a loss for words.
So what do you do next?
Cry. Grieve. Remember. Reflect. Breathe. Take one step at a time. Remember that you are not alone. Know that God feels your pain.
But above all Believe. Believe that there's more to living than this present life. Believe that God can see the end from the beginning, even though it doesn't seem to make sense to us now. Take God at His word. Remember that Jesus has conquered death. Claim His promises that He will return soon. Trust when He says that He has a future with Him for us, which we simply cannot imagine.
Have you ever fallen asleep and slept for many, many hours, only to wake up and feel like you have just closed your eyes, and while asleep you were unaware of anything that was going on around you? I know that I have experienced such deep sleep before.
The Bible tells us that death is not the final end to our life. In multiple places the Bible describes death as sleep from which we will be woken up to spend eternity with Jesus.
One such description is found in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Here Paul, encouraging a group of believers in Thessalonica, writes:
"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." (NKJV)
The Bible is filled with promises that offer hope and encouragement. So if you are experiencing loss and grief, hold on to the promises of God.
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. (NKJV)
- Jan 15, 2018
- 1 min read
Updated: Jan 29, 2018
Ocean waves come and go. We have no power to stop or alter their course. When the waves rise up, the grandness of the ocean can be incredibly overwhelming.
It is similar with life: sometimes everything is peaceful and calm, other times the waves of life seem to rise up against us.
Where can you find the courage to keep going when you find yourself drowning in the challenges and struggles that surround you? Do you try to hold on to the waters around you, or do you have faith in someone mightier than you, who can rescue you?
The Bible is filled with many promises which God has given to us. One of them says:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Are you willing to let Him be the strength that will carry you through the overwhelming times in your life?