Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
There are no differences between the God’s children with others. Both of them should face a problem in their lives. They could sick, loss, losing their job, and so on. Sometimes, the problem was too hard so that it seemed we barely could be able to endure. There is also a problem that has been going on for many years, do not know when and how it will end.
Although all humans have to face the problems, challenges, and obstacles, but there is something that distinguishes the God’s children with those who outside from God. What is that? We have the Great God. That is the Lord who created Heaven and the whole universe and everything in it, the God who is rule over of life, death, Heaven and hell. That is what distinguishes us with those who not living in God.
Since we open our hearts, receive, and acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we legitimately become a child of God. And since that time, God lives in us, and we live in Him.
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. (1 John 2: 23-24 NIV)
As long as we continue to believe and worship Jesus who is the only Lord and Savior, then we too will remain in Jesus and the Father. The problem is although actually we know that we have the almighty God and live in Him, sometimes in facing a specific problems we tend to only pay attention to our problems and focus on it. The more we focus on the problem, and then the problem would be noticeably bigger, more complex, and more so impossible to be resolved. We become increasingly exhausted and our hopes being dwindling. We forget that we have the almighty God. In fact, if we read the Bible, the whole story in it is about how God was present in all the circumstances that must be faced by His people: in the war, on the foreign soil, in the prisons, in the valley of the darkness, in the desert, at the sea, in exile, in the promise land, wherever! Even the last Bible verse, Revelation 22:21, closed with: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” It shows that God never leaves His people. But, are we really realize about the God’s existence with all His greatness in our lives?
In a tour to visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we would like to see the Petronas Twin Towers. According to the information we have, the Petronas Towers are integrates with a complex of Suria KLCC mall. We also headed to the tower via the mall. After a long time circling the mall and follow the directions that given by some people, we finally arrived at one of the open part of the mall. We were surprised because as far as the eye could see, we were not able to locate the tower, whereas we have followed the directions correctly. Once again we asked someone, and with a smile that person directs his finger on us. We stepped out, turned, and looked up. Apparently, the tower right above our heads, where we were stood earlier! It means we previously had been in the yard of the tower’s foot, but we did not realize it!
Is not that kind of thing can happen in this life? We did not realize that the almighty God has had along with us. We are preoccupied with our problems and confused back and forth looking for the solution. When we focus on the circumstances, we will lose the focus on God. Finally we find other alternatives that we think can help to get out of the problem. We do not rely on God, but rely on others. As a result, we are not got the solution but we instead invite a new problem in our lives.
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord.
But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together. (Isaiah 31:1,3 NIV)
It’s easy to find out who or what we rely on: who or what we remember the first time when having problems, that’s what we’re actually rely on.
Why sometimes people who believed God could not realize that they were with the Lord? Because we use our limited perspective to measure the greatness of God’s infinite.
The God’s greatness exceeds all our knowledge, but we limit it by our own viewpoint. If the resolution of a problem did not match with our expectations, we think that God could not help. If it seems God did not take immediate action and the situation becomes getting worse, we think that God is too late. When God does not give us what we ask, we think God is malicious. When we’ve tried hard but failed, while others who have ordinary abilities but successful, we think that God is not fair. Eventually, we used to use common sense and measure us to solve problems of life. Finally, we lose the sense of safety and are easy to panic.
When we restrict God with our minds, then the greatness of God’s infinite becomes finite in our lives.
In a stormy night, the disciples of Jesus panicked when their boat was hit by a storm in the middle of the lake. They think that they must die. Then they woke Jesus who also was in the boat and was sleeping quietly in the middle of the storm. Jesus said to them: “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”(Matthew 8:26-27 NIV)
Why did the Jesus’ disciples panic when a storm came in and thought they would die? Because even though they’re with the God almighty, but they have little faith. Why are they surprised when Jesus calmed the storm? The answer is because even though they’re with the God almighty, they are less know with Him. In fact, prior to the event, they have witnessed many miracles that have done by Jesus. They saw Jesus with full of power cast out the evil spirits and cure various diseases. But all that didn’t make them recognize who the real Jesus is.
Seeing and experiencing the miracle does not automatically make us recognize God the Creator of Miracles.
How can we know God and all his greatness? To know Him is through the fellowship with God and His Word every day. We must open our hearts and acquiesce ourselves be led by the Spirit of the Lord every time with being the perpetrators of the word. Day by day we will be more mature and know God. Knowledge of the Lord will grow continually along with our spiritual growth. Therefore we cannot measure and restrict God’s work based on our previous experiences. Everything must go back to The God’s word because He will never deviate from His word. Therefore, reading the God’s word every day is very important and a basic requirement for every of God’s child. Only through God’s word we will know the Lord, and only through God’s word then our faith will be even greater.
As long as we live in God who is the great God, we are in a safest position in the world. Nothing can harm us. We are weak, we are easy on the beat, but we have the God almighty.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 118:6 NIV)
Only the God almighty gives us salvation, hope, help, protection, healing, victory, future, blessings, miracles, and whatever we need in this life until we return to the Father’s house. Always trust and depend on Him, because His greatness is unforeseen!
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
(Psalm 91:1-2 NIV)
By: Sella Irene – Beautiful Words