Not who you are, but Who you have!

11297Dear readers, I know I’m writing my new year’s post a little late. Nevertheless, this thought has been marinating on my mind, since before the new year…

First of all, I pray this year will bring you many blessings and much joy, as you get to know and experience the Lord even deeper! 

Below I have pasted a small paragraph from Exodus 33 where God was having a conversation with Moses, as He often did – ever since the burning bush. Please read it prayerfully…

“12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”

14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” – Exodus.33:12-18  

I wonder how often Moses must have felt helpless to lead such a nation for the God of the universe. It’s quite a mission for an 80 odd years old man! Yet one of the beautiful characters of Moses is that he was always honest with God. Moses knew that neither his age nor strength will take this people any further and admitted his need for help. He asked, “whom will You send with me?” The answer was awesome! “My Presence will go with you…” What can be better than God Himself leading you!

Moses then reaffirms his faith by declaring that unless God’s presence go with them, there was no point in where they were going. Moses understood that God is the source of all good and purpose in life, and if He was absent from that story, the people were sure to perish in the desert.

“For who is God besides the Lord?
 And who is the Rock except our God?
 It is God who arms me with strength
 and keeps my way secure.”  – Psalm.18:31-32

It’s because God was with this nation that they crossed the red sea, escaped Egypt and survived the hot desert as though they were walking through a cool forest. And as a result, all nations trembled, they wouldn’t dare play with fire, upsetting the God of Israel. He, Himself was their Chief Commander. 

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. – Exodus.13:21

Then God agrees with Moses, saying “I will go with you” and He adds a reason, “because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”  Here, Immanuel knew His people, not as some distant commander who just knows their names, but as a close friend and as one who really knows them from the heart. (John.10:14)

So dear readers, this new year we can make lots of resolutions and plans, but if God is not there, ask yourself ‘what is the point? and how far can I go, before I collapse in the desert’. We need His presence of cloud to shield us from the scorching sun of the enemy’s terror, His flame of fire to warm and comfort us from the chills of swayed politics and dislocated ethics of these days. Above all, we need His presence to guide us, navigating through the desert of a broken and difficult world to reach safely on Canaan’s land. 

May God’s presence never depart from you this year! 

http://worshiptogether.com/songs/we-will-not-go/

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New year, renewed hope

2015-01-01 00.20.39-1“Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.” – ISAIAH.43:19

Its such a blessing to look back at the end of a year and ponder on the goodness of the Lord in your life. I could definitely say that without His love, care and providence I would not have made it to 2015 with a smile on my face. Yes there were many trials and failures and weakness but what I saw more brightly than them all is how God saw me through those times and how faithful He is. It’s also a time to rekindle a flickering hope. A time to trust again that perhaps issues being long prayed for will finally be answered.

Now as we enter this new year 2015, I know that there will be a lot of changes in my life. End of one chapter (uni) and beginning of another (work). One of my biggest weaknesses is worrying. This year I want to fully trust God, not just a head knowledge of His promises but believing with all my heart that whatever I ask in His name, He will do. 

And I pray the same for you dear fellow bloggers. I wish you all a blessed and peaceful new-year where you see all your prayers being answered. 

PS – thank you all for the encouragements in 2014 either by commenting or by the things you write in your blogs. They are a blessing to me and others. 

Happy New Year 2015! 🙂 

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark.11:24

 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” – John.14:13

Help me find it

In preparation for the new-year if there is something that’s been ringing loud in my ears is the desire to seek God’s will for my life. And this song by sidewalk prophets speaks it really well. 

“5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.” – Psalm.37:5-6

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” –  Corrie Ten Boom

As a run up to the new-year, I am just thanking GOD and praying for all the things He blessed me with this year. Starting from my loved ones: family and friends down to the little and basic (but important) things such as food and shelter.

Looking forward to what He has in store for all of us, He is always a faithful God and doesn’t change with seasons, that’s why I put my trust in Him.