Just as God prepared Esther, He is preparing you for His next assignment for you. Each step of faithfulness prepares you for what awaits. God will use your current circumstances for His next great work in and through your life. (March 7, Discovering God’s Daily Agenda by Henry & Richard Blackaby)
I’m a stubborn person and, many years ago, I’ve always asked myself and God why I had to go through the same problems over and over. I just don’t get it! Haven’t I had enough? But as the years pass, and with the help of my ministry, I’ve learned that there’s a reason why that had to happen and they’re not just the same problems. Those problems may have the same “theme” but every time I go through one, the level of difficulty increases.
It’s because I’m stubborn that’s why I have to through that same kind of problem over and over. Of course God knows I can’t take on the highest level on my first attempt. I had to ease my way into overcoming that kind of problem. If I’m done with it and learned everything from it, God will give me a different kind of problem. I’m glad i’m not that stubborn anymore (and now a bit wiser) so I get to learn more and faster, and is able to take on higher levels of my problems. And I’m glad I have problems. It just shows that God wants me to become better and He is training me, molding me, using my problems as my personal gym to “beef me up”. So be happy when you have problems. Be worried if you don’t have any (James 1:2-3).
This reflection reminded me of this part in the movie Evan Almighty (2007) where God told the family that when people ask Him for courage, He doesn’t give them courage instantly. Instead, He gives them an opportunity to be courageous. We have to remember that we are created in the image of God. Through Jesus Christ, God showed us that man is capable of doing good and, if we have faith in God, we can be like Jesus Christ. Every good thing that God possesses, we also have. We just don’t realize it. That’s why God doesn’t need to give us anything because we already have it. We all need to be subjected to certain circumstances that would help us find that characteristic, find it and then use it. We as His people don’t realize yet how very capable we are. Even I still don’t know how capable I am. But I know God will put me through things so that one day I would know the things I am capable of, and use it to grow, become a better person, and above all, help other people.
So the next time you encounter a problem, don’t ask God to take it away from you. It’s just God’s way of giving you want you’ve always wanted. He’s just testing you if you can actually get it for yourself and how much you really want it. God works in mysterious ways after all. His ways are above our ways (Isaiah 55:9).
In today’s reading in Henry & Richard Blackaby’s Discovering God’s Daily Agenda, it talks about the importance of Prayer or Praying and that we should make it a priority. Kinda funny really because I thought of not making an entry today because I’m too sleepy already.
To me, this blog site is sort of a prayer, my prayer. It obligates me to make an entry and because of that, I get to reflect and learn something. I maybe just forcing myself to reflect but the end justifies the means–I get to reflect and pray. To my surprise, a lot of good things happened to me this past few days since this blog started but i’m sure that pretty soon, I’ll be tested and it won’t be all just fun anymore. I will be lazy, I will be busy, I will be tired, I will be discouraged. Even so, I hope that those reasons won’t be enough to stop me from praying.
B.U.S.Y. - Being Under Satan’s Yoke
God knows the desires of our heart. For most of use,w e pray because we want something from God. But if the first statement is true, why do we have to pray? There are a lot of reasons and one of them is Intercession–we pray in behalf and for others. We show our love by caring for others, by wanting to know their concerns, and by praying for them. That is the reason why in The Hand Prayer, we pray for others first and ourselves last.
The Hand Prayer is a guide we use in our ministry. Here’s how the guide works. First, join your hands, as if you are praying, but don’t interlock your fingers. Now, place your hands near your chest. You can see that it is your thumbs that are closest to your chest, next your pointing fingers, then your middle fingers, followed by the ring fingers, and lastly, the pinky. Each finger represents a group of people that we should pray for, namely:
- Thumbs – they are the people closest to your heart. For example, your families and friends.
- Pointing Fingers – our enemies, who point out our mistakes and flaws. It could also be our teachers and bosses (not saying that they should be our enemies or are our enemies) .
- Middle Fingers – Our elders and leaders, the people we greatly respect and follow.
- Ring Fingers – are said to be the weakest fingers. They represent the fortunate, the sick, and dying. It could mean people who are sick and dying, not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.
- Pinky Fingers – being the last, it represents yourself, putting others before yourself. Even though God knows what we desire, He wants to hear ti directly from us, telling Him what we want. Telling Him shows our great desire for those prayers to be heard and answered.
So next time you pray, you might want to use this guide. The more you care for others, the more likely God will reward or bless you by answering your prayers, or maybe giving you something better than what you prayed for. So why don’t you stop for a while and pray.
Or are you too B.U.S.Y.?
February 20, 2012
James 3:13-18, Psalm 19:8-15 , Mark 9:14-29
My reflection is based on the first reading, from James 3:13-18, which is entitled Two Kinds of Wisdom, and it’s very fitting for my first entry on this blog.
The reading talks about the two kinds of wisdom, one that is from the heavens and one is from the earth. Earthly wisdom is “unspiritual, of the devil” (v.15) while heavenly wisdom is “first of all purelthen peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (v.17).
I’m not that wise nor a model Christian to be making a blog like this. Right now, I feel that I might not have much to share and this blog might be a bad idea after all. I’m afraid that I might sound too proud. I’m not sure if my intentions on making this blog is “unearthly” or not. But what I am sure of is my faith in God and my desire to share my life to the world. This is just the first blog, the beginning, and it’s to early to say what will happen exactly to this blog. “If it is of God, it will last,” says one of my elders in our ministry. If this is God’s Will, He will help me make this work and be fruitful–beyond my wildest dreams.
But that will not come easy. I have to put time and effort in this blog, but more on God first of course. After all, this blog is just a way to share that relationship I have with God. Without that relationship, there’ll be no entries for this blog. So I guess the first step is a lot more praying. There’s nothing you can’t do if you pray. So I’ll end this blog with a short prayer and I hope you pray along with me:
Father God, thank You for giving me this opportunity to share my life to other people. I thank You for the person reading this and who is praying along with me now. I pray that You both grant us heavenly wisdom that would help us in making better decisions in life. May we be able to use that wisdom not only for ourselves but to help others as well. I pray that You continue to guide us, mold us, protect us, and bless us each and everyday, and may we learn to thank You for everything that you have done in our lives. For without You, we would be nothing. All these we ask in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Be the miracle! =)