Upon reading Job chapter 1, I questioned how Job was able to worship God when his loved ones and all of his possessions were stripped away from him all at once, beyond human reasoning.
From the actions Job took, we can learn how to worship God during times of trials and tribulations. He immediately ‘fell to the ground and worshipped’ (vs 20). He simply did not make time to complain or murmur. Instead, he remembered who God is, and praised Him. Though it is clear that Job was in deep sorrow, his emotions did not distract him or move his faith. He was wise to know that to endure these sufferings is better than to curse, sin or charge God with wrong (vs 22). Described as ‘blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil’, it is clear Job had established a strong and immovable relationship with God. He had not allowed his possessions and children to become idols in his heart, as he understood that God is the Creator of all things. Thus, when he was hit with such great calamity, Job found his source of strength in God, and was not easily overcome.
“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work’” (Jn 4:34)
Every time church service ends, we always seem to find ourselves spending a considerable amount of time thinking of where we should grab dinner. Food is a necessity and also something we look forward to when we’re about to eat something that we have been craving. But when we look at this passage, Jesus actually turned down the physical food that His disciples were offering Him to eat, and placed emphasis on the food that we should long for — doing the will of God by sharing the message of salvation. Have we ever felt that way about preaching? Is that something that we would “crave” to do?
You make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence there is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
I love it when I enter an office with a full and equipped pantry. I can have breakfast to start the day energetically, healthy snacks to last me the day when I need an energy boost. The best part is that it never runs out because it is always well-stocked.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:4-6)
Most people realize their parents’ love and sacrifice for them when they finally begin to mature in life. When we begin to understand the love of our parents, we then desire to obviously love them back, serve them, and take care of them. Imagine someone never seeing their parents’ love and sacrifice for them and thus treating them badly and disrespectfully. This would be such a shame. Likewise, it is crucial that in our spiritual journey, we have the “aha” moment of realizing the depth of the Lord’s love for us.
“A dog returns to his own vomit, and a sow, having washed, to her wallowing mire.” (2 Pet 2:22)
I still remember going to the zoo when I was little. I went to the pig section and saw these two humongous fat, smelly, dirty pigs sleeping together. There were flies crawling around their bodies, there’s mud everywhere and it smelled like dung all over the place. Everytime I go back to Taiwan, I always see stray dogs. There are always fleas and other bedraggled stuff on their fur. Being close to these animals just makes me queasy and my body just tells me to get out of there ASAP.