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See, Set Out and Follow

Joshua 3 describes the incident of how the Israelites crossed the River Jordan whilst on their way to conquer Jericho.  We can see how God guided them by walking before them through the ark of the covenant carried by the priests. Before they actually crossed over the Jordan however, the officers went through the camp and instructed the people with the following words,

“When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.” (Joshua 3:3)

In this one sentence we can find three very essential keywords from which we can learn for ourselves today. Continue reading

The Way We Think

You can’t sleep? Take the Bible and read a chapter. You will soon fall asleep.

This is what sometimes happens to us. At times studying the Bible becomes a burden for us. Before we even have finished reading the 2nd verse of that chapter, we nearly fall asleep. It’s abnormal for us Christians, but in some way a true fact.

Where does the problem lie?

The problem lies on how we treat the Bible. We need to view the word of God from another perspective. While reading the Bible, we can try to think of the Bible as a love letter from God.

Would you fall asleep, when someone whom you love writes you a love letter?

Make Me a Small Cake First

In our daily life we may be very busy with work, university or school. Things on earth may be a heavy burden for us and we feel like we are out of breath. We still go to church for Sabbath service every week and we also attend other church events. But somehow we can’t feel the love of God. We can’t see the grace of God.

Why is this so?

It seems we have done so much work in church for Him! It seems like as He doesn’t care about us.

Then we need to reflect upon ourselves. Have we really put God first in our life? Each time when we want to say or do something, have we thought about Him? Have we given our best to the Master?

Just like the widow who made Elijah a small cake first. Giving Elijah some water was not a problem for her, even he was a stranger. Water was plenty, but food was scarce. The widow was just about to make the last meal for her and her son, so they may eat and die.  Nevertheless, Elijah told her to make him a small cake first.

She might have asked herself, “I am going to die now and this person still wants me to give him a small cake?! I’ve got nothing!”

Today we are like this widow. What we have a lot of, we can easily share it with others. But if there is something which we don’t have much of, we are unwilling to give it to others.

We may say, “It is not that I don’t love you, but I there is even not enough for myself!” or “I can’t, because I don’t have time now, but I will give you even more time later on.”

Will God be pleased? Of course not, because that’s not what God wants from us. He doesn’t demand from us a lot. He just wants us to put Him first in our life. He wants us to love others more than ourselves even when there is not much we can give. It’s not how much we donate, but rather if we are doing it with all our heart.

We often say we have to fear God. What does this mean? Fear is not just about being afraid and showing respect.  Fear is connected with love. If we really fear God, we would love Him so much that we don’t want Him to be unhappy. Therefore whatever we do or say, we should not make God unhappy.

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31)

Let us first make Him a small cake! In every prayer let us first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Mt 6:33)