Sunday, 18 June 2017

God's ways are higher - always!

It is very human to expect miracle to happen in the usual way. You think of something exciting and hope things would happen the way you planned.

But remember miracles are miracles because they do not happen the usual way. Otherwise there is no miracle at all, if it happens in the ordinary manner. 

Miracles are miracles because they happen God's way. That is why Bible says in Isa 55:8-9


“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Israelites were wandering through the wilderness and as always they murmured against God. If you read Numbers 11, the people craved to eat meat and they murmured against the servant of God. They did not cry to God but against God. When Moses brought this cry to God, God promised Moses that he would perform a miracle.
Numbers 11:18-20
18 Then you shall say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. 19 You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, 20 but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the Lord who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?”’”

And since God said it, it would happen, no matter what. It really isn't Moses’ job to figure out how this would happen. That's God problem. But Moses takes it upon himself. He begins making a mental calculation of how God could do something like this. Many times in our life we end up doing the same. We begin to make our guesses, sometimes we make plans on our own and some brilliant people would even start suggesting to God. ‘God, may be you can do this. Or else, try this.’ That's His problem. He is wiser than you. He knows more than what you know or could ever think or imagine.

Moses begins to think. First he counts the number of people. Vs 21 - The people whom I am among are six hundred thousand men on foot. So God has to provide meat for so much people. And then he calculates the number of days. Same verse continues yet You have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month.

Yet, you have said. Moses thinks God has made a wrong calculation. He is saying, God, don’t you know there are so many men. And Yet how could you say, you are going to provide meat not just for a day or two but for a whole month.

Moses thinks God did some foolishness by over-promising and he gets worried. How is God going to do this? How can God do this?

He thinks next of the resources available with them for God to perform the miracle. He looks around. What do they have with them? They have with them flocks of sheep and may be herds of cattle and probably there may some fish in the sea. But he realises even all this is just not enough for all that God has overpromised them. So Moses asks the next question to God.
Vs 22 - Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to provide enough for them?”

Moses might seem stupid. But many times in our life, we act just like him. Like Moses, we also see only the obvious. We calculate based on what the requirement is, what are the resources available, what are the means available and we begin to make our suggestions to God.

We see only what we can with our limited vision and think of ways that a miracle could happen. But a miracle is beyond that. A miracle requires faith. And what is faith? Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Remember faith is not the evidence of things that are seen but rather it is evidence of things that are not seen. How wonderful!

You can never see or imagine what God has in mind for you. Look at God's reply to Moses. Just amazing. God doesn't say to Moses. ‘No, my son. You are doing a wrong calculation. But this is my plan and this is the way I’m going to perform the miracle.’

God doesn’t say that. Are you waiting for a miracle in your life? Don’t expect God to tell you, my child, this is the way I am going to perform a miracle. He might never tell. You’ll have to wait and watch.

God’s reply to Moses was.. Is the Lord's arm shortened?

Numbers 11:23 - And the Lord said to Moses, “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not.”

If God said it, it will happen. Come what may! Numbers 23:19 - God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

You need great faith because you have a great God who will do things in a great way - beyond what your little brains and minds can think.

I am sure Moses would have been spellbound when he saw the miracle happen.

Numb 11:31,32
31 Now a wind went out from the Lord, and it brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering near the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and about a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about two cubits above the surface of the ground. 32 And the people stayed up all that day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.

Miracles need your faith.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

GOD KNOWS IT ALL

God knows all that you are going through. He knows the questions in your heart. He knows your weaknesses. He knows your strength. He knows your successes. He knows your failures. He knows your problems. He knows your confusions. He knows your fears. He knows your struggles.

There is no question that He cannot answer. No problem that He cannot solve. No confusion that puzzles Him. No moments that surprise Him. No incidents that shock Him.

He knows it all.

Psalmist describes this all-knowing nature of God perfectly when He says, “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2

Have you ever bothered to count the number of times you would sit in a day or the number of times you would rise? Why would you? It doesn’t matter!

But it puzzles me that God is so concerned about such minute details of my life.

God is bothered about little things in your life that you wouldn’t even care about. How much more would He bother about things that hurt you?

Flabbergasted by God’s unfathomable knowledge, Psalmist exclaims, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139:6

What a greater assurance than to know that there is a God who knows what you are going through!

If He knows, it means you needn’t have to worry. It means He will take care. It means He is waiting for His time to work out things in your favor.

HE KNOWS. AND THAT’S ENOUGH.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

SEEK YE FIRST

Abundance is God's choice for humanity. Plenty is his provision for mankind. When God created Adam and Eve, they had everything they wanted. And in abundance! Four rivers to provide them with water, innumerable food plants and trees, countless birds and animals, fresh air and priceless treasures... I believe they couldn't even think of anything they needed but wasn't there.

And He is the same God today. Ps 34:10 says, The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

Paul puts this more marvelously in Ephesians 3:20 - 'Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think....' Paul literally gives a double emphasis. 'exceedingly abundantly' - Paul, astounded at the enormity of God's provision for mankind, couldn't have penned his thoughts better!

There's however a twist in the tale, when you realize that God wants our heart and eyes to be focused on Him and not on His provisions.

Although it is true that our God owns everything you see around and He is all able to grant all that you need, He doesn't want you to set your heart on these earthly treasures. He wants you to seek something much higher. In fact, Jesus said you are not even to worry about such things as food, clothing or shelter, as your heavenly Father knows you need them.

Mat 6:33 - Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.


If seeking God and his righteousness is the priority in your life, all these things will surely be added unto you.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

The Real Heroes

...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.  Matthew 25: 35, 36

Chennai is reeling under floods. With dams being opened and lakes overflowing, people are rushing to save their lives from the gushing and chasing waters.

No network, no electricity, no mobile, no internet, no ATM... complete blackout! Stone age days again?

But despite this, Chennai sees humanity at its best. People standing for other people amidst all odds - the real heroes. From opening the houses to accomodate those seeking refuge, wading through neck-deep water to rescue people, to distributing food and other essentials, Chennai sees love surpassing all barriers.

Everyone doing their bit to help others... Chennai has found the warmest hearts amidst the horrible disaster.

But let's not wait for a disaster to show our love to our neighbours. Hoping the rains would stop soon, but love would keep growing! #prayforChennai #ChennaiFloods

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Bear Fruit and Let Your Light Shine

Each of us are planted as a seed of highest quality – created in the very image of God – created by God.

As we grow, as we take root in this soil, learn the world around us and experience life in its manifold facets, we are expected to produce fruit of the highest quality. Fruit that will resemble our Creator, fruit that Christ not only expects from us, but has taught us, fruit that the Holy Spirit is willing to bestow upon us – love, joy peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

But the question remains. Am I able to produce such a fruit in my life?

When God looked at the Israelites, he was burdened when he saw their waywardness and unfaithfulness. And he cries out

I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, wild vine?  Jeremiah 2:21

Then He expected it to produce good grapes But it produced only worthless ones.  Isaiah 5:2

The rest of Isa ch 5 portrays God’s agony over the Israelites.  

There was injustice in the society with the rich getting richer and subsequently the poor becoming poorer. Righteousness had lost its meaning. People rejoiced in strong drinks. There were music and celebrations, but without God. Deceitfulness and wickedness raised their ugly heads. Evil was considered good and good evil. Justice was denied to the innocent. Bribe won the race. People were wise - in their own eyes.

The books of Isaiah and Jeremiah outwardly might look like the words of the prophets to the then nation of Israel, but look deeply; they have equal significance in today’s world.

Does God agonize over us and over our society today?

There had never been a time in history when people of God didn’t need this warning, ‘Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world’ (Romans 12:2). But the nation of Israel was not willing to heed to this word. They were tempted to imitate the customs and practices of the nations and people around them, although they knew it was against the God they knew and worshipped. And the result was an evil society that loved riches more than people and darkness more than light!

And the warning sounds good to us today too. In a world whose views are radically different from ours, are we able to reflect and imitate Christ in their midst. Are we able to bear fruit that our Savior expects from us? Are we able to let our light shine amidst this dark and broken world?

When life poses challenges and when living gets harder, we often miss the mark. Bearing fruit becomes difficult and secondary. But let me encourage you, bearing fruit and living a life pleasing to God is not impossible. Jer 17:7 and 8 point out to the fact that despite every storm and every drought, you’ll not cease yielding fruit if the Lord is your trust. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Safest Place To Be

Safety is no more a personal choice; it is rather a universal concern. From helmets to seat belts, from awareness drives to compulsory health insurance, from child safety services to financial safety, measures are taken and rules are being laid to assure safety of people, lives and belongings.

Are these efforts winning their fight towards protection? Although these measures are welcome, they have their own limitations.

But did you know there is a place that offers you round-the-clock guaranteed safety and protection?

One psalm that Christians would have read over and over again, but still find new hope every time it is read is Psalm 91.

A lovely psalm that talks about the 24-hr protection in God’s presence, across the length and breadth of your existence!

Protection during day time, protection during night time
Protection from pestilence, protection from destruction
Protection when you’re alone, protection when you’re surrounded by wicked
Protection from evil, protection from diseases
Protection from accidents, protection from enemies

The Psalmist does not end here:

When you are in God’s presence, you’ve deliverance, you’ve exaltation, you’ve answer to your prayers, you’ve honor, you’ve the blessing of a long life and above all, you’ve salvation.

How amazing! What is more worthy of being desired than this awesome presence of God – the secret place of the Most High?

Are you finding it hard to reconcile these verses with the experiences you are going through? Wondering why countless believers still face hard times, dangers and problems in life?

These verses do not indicate absence of danger, but joy and safety in God’s presence, amidst struggles and challenges.

There will be perilous pestilence, but have faith God can deliver you. There will be arrows thrown at you, but do not be afraid. There will be stones in your journey, but believe angels will guard you.

If you begin to focus on your problems, you lose sight of God who can solve your problems.

Don’t panic. There are uncertainties in life. There is danger everywhere. But you are shielded. You are safe when you’re in the presence of God.


God’s presence is the only source of ultimate joy and protection – the knowledge that even when you pass through the deep waters or fiery furnace, His hands still holds you.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Embracing Hope at Hard Times

"Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?" 2 Kings 7:19
These words by the officer echo the valley of hopelessness he was going through.

The entire city of Samaria was facing acute famine. So horrendous was the famine that pigeons’ dropping was unaffordable and a donkey’s head was a luxury. More so, a mother wouldn’t mind boiling the child she begot, so that she could eat him and fill her growling stomach.

Are you going through a similar hopeless situation in your life. Do you say it is impossible for a miracle to happen. How could this be? Even if God would open the floodgates of heaven, my life wouldn’t change. My disease wouldn’t leave. I can never achieve this.

The whole lot of people were going through a hopeless situation. When all hope of survival was lost, here comes the words of the prophet Elisha. "This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”   

For the people deprived and dying, the words of Elisha were absurd. In such a seemingly hopeless time, for a miracle to happen ‘tomorrow’ sounded ridiculous.

Elisha’s words did come to pass. The dreadful famine disappeared in a day’s time, in a way that the people couldn’t have even imagined. However, the doubting officer was not alive to experience it.

At hard times, you need to cling on to hope that wouldn’t disappoint. In Christ, you have endless hope. Don’t give up. Without hope, things get worse soon. God needn’t open heavens for a miracle to take place in your life. A wave of His hand or a mere whisper of His mouth can change what you are going through.