Christ’s love

I often find myself singing

How I love You my King

How much You mean to me

How wonderful You are

 

Yet when I think and ponder

What love means to You

And what You have done for me

Lord my fallible words melt to nothing

 

It was You who showed me

Unconditional love

Marred to give me beauty

Died, so I can live eternally

 

What then?

Should I stop singing?

No! But I will sing of Your love

Of how You saved my life

Not how much I love You

Or what I do for You

Because its incomparable God. 

Frustrated hope

We all have things we hope for. Hope to do this and do that, hope to have this or that; more like wishful thinking. And if we are Christians we have a hope that’s spiced up with a bit of believing so it can be called faith. However the Bible describes faith this way:

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrew.11:1

“6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrew.11:6

The hope that we have in Jesus is more than the material world that we see around us. We often pray and hope about situations and people, yet when we see that nothing has changed, we get frustrated. The Bible says: 

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
 but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” – Proverbs.13:12

It also says: 

“19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” – Hebrew.6:19-20

What then? Should our frustrations dominate the way we see situations/people? I learnt that we only ought to love no matter what, even when things don’t go as we hoped or expected them to be. 

I had a chat with a good friend of mine this weekend. They just had a baby girl after many years of marriage and it was such a blessing to see the joy in their eyes. He said to me, “If there is one thing we have learnt through all this, it’s that Father God is always good, even in the NOs.” 

Well then, I say we embrace His goodness and trust His faithfulness.

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So today I was thinking about what it means to hear God’s voice and the earplugs that prevent us from hearing His voice. I asked my flatmate, “What do you think are those ear plugs?” She replied, “Pride and impatience.” She is absolutely right!

When we think we know it all and have it all figured out, we stop asking God what He wants from us – we become self-sufficient. And when we are impatient, we think that God is not listening and fail to trust His timing and that way we take matters in our own hands the way Saul carried out the sacrifice (which was not his role) because ‘Samuel was late’.  (1Samuel.13:8-12)

May God grant us humility and patience, and the ears to hear His voice. Amen.

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