“Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth (removing obstacles that block your way).”
(Proverbs 3:5 – 6 AMP)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him. It is important to acknowledge God in all that we do. It is difficult for us to acknowledge God 24/7 but it is necessary to have him in our thought. Does that also mean minute things? Yes. Does that mean when I am in the restroom? Yes. Does that mean when I am at work? Yes. Does that mean when I am asked to do something? Yes. To acknowledge God, is to have him in our thoughts regularly.
We are created to worship God. We are created to live for him 24/7. It might sound irrational to some people, it actually makes sense. Our society trains us to make God an after-thought. That is why we hear stuffs like, “Why would God allow that to happen? I try to imagine what God thinks when he hears people say weird things about Him? When I wake up in the morning, it is important to see God as the Alpha and Omega. The Alpha means “Beginning” and Omega means “The End.” It is easy to overlook him. I sometimes find my mind travel to different places in the morning. Sometimes it is like I have the world on my shoulder. I have a stern face and thinking of the wrongs in the world and in my life. As much as I know that we live in an imperfect world, I still find my mind thinking of how I can make things right. Or think about how I can go back in time and fix things in my life. There is no way I can fix how the world is or what happened in the past. But the Lord commends us to rely confidently in Him. He is the “Alpha.” This means he was there then in our past and He is still here now.
My prayer for you and I is that we have God in our thought. We make him the pillar of our lives and dwell in his peace. When I think of the wrongs in the past and now, I feel very sad. But when I think of the goodness of the Lord, I feel joyous. He knows that we can be easily distracted. That is why He encourages us to rely on Him.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
We come to Christ individually but we grow collectively. As christians we are called to be part of a body. I understand we might ask, why do I need a body? It is made up of imperfect people. I do understand we live in and imperfect world, so are we.
There is power in the community of believers. In Acts of Apostles, God was able to do exceeding wonders among the believers because of their coming together. You might also ask, why you need a preacher? You know, there is a need for headship. We are in a century where we struggle with leadership probably more than any other. We can not stand someone leading us. God can not work in us without submitting to authority. We are not weak, we are strong. We are not foolish but We are wise. And again we are stronger together.
Hopelessness brings despair to people. In a world that is filled with travail and problems, it is easy to give up on hope. This is not hope as a political slogan but the hope that is rooted in Christ Jesus. I ponder on why people do what they do. Why a good father suddenly become addicted to futile things. I have pondered on why a teenage would commit suicide. I have thought about why people make poor choices and do irrational things.
Hopelessness is a weapon of the devil. Hopelessness is a result of unresolved conflicts in our mind. It is a state in which nothing becomes impossible. It is a state where there seem to be no light at the end of tunnel. Hopelessness is reflection of a tired and depressed soul. Hopelessness is a result of battle of the mind. Hopelessness is shaped by our personal experiences and perception. It is a perspective of the glass being half empty but not half full.
Romans 4:18 states, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” It imperative to understand how the scripture commends us that against all hope, Abraham hoped. The important counter against hopelessness is hope. Hope is an act of faith. Hebrews 11:1 states that “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Against all hope, we need to have hope. Hopelessness breeds more hopelessness. There are many hopeless people around us. They are alive but they have given up on life. They are breathing but they lack direction.
Another counter to hopelessness is vision. Vision gives us direction and a sense of purpose. The Lord made a promise to the Israelites to take them to the promise land. The promise land is the land of milk and honey. For that to be accomplished, the Israelites went through the desert and through the hills. Many people died along the way but there was a destination. We need to have a destination for our lives. When we find the why, there is always a way to survive through hardship. Hardship is part of life that we would all have to go through as individuals.
2 Corinthians; 4 is passage for the broken hearted and perplexed soul. Verse 8 – 12 states, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.” No matter how broken we might be, we are never too broken to be fixed. No matter how much we are in despair, there is a way. Life is full of crisis but our soul would never be in disarray. Hopeless people do hopeless things. Those who put their hope in the Lord, their strength are renewed.
I remember in grade school, living thing is described as anything that has breath and lives. Breath is a sign of a life.
Prayer is a living, breathing action. Since prayer is not tangible, it is a living action. Prayer brings life to our existence. Not everyone who is alive is living. Without prayer, I can not imagine where I would be. Without prayer, I could not have experienced some victories in my personal life. Prayer is not a vending machine where you put money in and something drops right away. Prayer is a continuous proof of existence.
I am alive because of the grace of God and prayer. I can look to the future because of something that is living and bigger than me. We should not live our lives without prayer.
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