Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nonsensical Sense

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Sometimes, there are things in life which make no sense, but require us to walk even when the way is not clear.  I realize that God does not let us do things that are of no sense to Him.  Now it makes sense to me: the beauty of faith and obedience.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Our Rock Eternal Gives Perfect Peace

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord is the Rock Eternal.
- Isaiah 26: 3-4

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This is another promise of God to those who trust Him.  Perfect peace He gives to those who stand firm, not wavering, in the Lord God.  When situations go rocky in life, trusting in the Lord is vital, and when we learn that God is in control despite the circumstances that are happening around us, we are not easily swayed by what we see that seem uncontrollable.  Trusting God who is the Rock Eternal is the wisest thing to do when uncontrollable situations are happening.  And when we do, we are kept safe in God's hands, and we will be in perfect peace in the Presence of our Lord God.  It is one thing to know this truth; it is another to experience this.

[Journal entry: March 14, 2012]

Sunday, May 20, 2012

His Deep Distress He Went Through

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray."  He took Peter, James, and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.  "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he said to them.  "Stay here and keep watch."  Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.  "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will."
- Mark 14: 32-36

I can't just imagine what Jesus felt the night before His "The Day."  Jesus felt greatly troubled; He felt deeply distressed.  He knew He would suffer into the hands of man, and he knew He would be crucified.  The thought that He would be crucified must and must suffer in the process would really bring stress and trouble into one's soul.  Imagine, the Son of God, the Lord, would go through shame, pain, suffering, and unjust treatment from mankind.  Jesus said, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death."  What Jesus went through was no joke.  If it were me, I would have really died from great sorrow and distress before my crucifixion.  I am so thankful to Father God and to Jesus that I didn't have to go through what Jesus went through.  Jesus took my place on my behalf!

I noticed in the following verse what Jesus did with His intense feeling of distress, He brought it up to His Abba, Father.  He prayed, He communed with His Father in heaven, He let His deepest sorrow out to His Father.  He was so distressed that He even prayed to take Him out of His upcoming suffering, but Jesus, despite what He would be going through, chose to obey His heavenly Father and clung on to His Father's will.

Jesus knows every pain, every suffering, every hardship we are facing.  He has a full understanding and complete consciousness of what we are going through, for Jesus Himself went through suffering before us.  The great thing is we have an open line to bring our distresses to our Heavenly Father.

[Journal entry: March 7, 2012]

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Lord, Faithful To His Own

Psalm 41

1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
    the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
2 The Lord protects and preserves them—
    they are counted among the blessed in the land—
    he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
    and restores them from their bed of illness.

4 I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord;
    heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5 My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die and his name perish? ”
6 When one of them comes to see me,
    he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
    then he goes out and spreads it around.

7 All my enemies whisper together against me;
    they imagine the worst for me, saying,
8 “A vile disease has afflicted him;
    he will never get up from the place where he lies.”
9 Even my close friend,
    someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
    has turned against me.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Feeling God's Heartbeat

As I was photocopying some documents, a song came into my mind.  As the lyric ran through my mind, tears fell from my eyes.  And as I repeatedly sang and recited the lyric, I couldn't stop crying anymore.  I was so moved by the song that I suddenly cried.  It was as if my first time hearing that song; it became alive to me. The title of the song is, "So You Would Come."

"Broken hearts, broken lives
He will take them all
The power of the Word
The power of His blood
Everything was done
So you would come."

The chorus made my cry so much.  I felt the Holy Spirit's touch in my heart right then and there as I sang it.  I felt God's revelation, a fresh one, with this song. It was just an intimate moment for me.  It was a special moment -- really special.