God's Way, without His Footprints

Passage to be read: Psalm 77
You made a way through the sea and paths through the deep waters, but your footprints were not seen. (Psalm 77: 19)
The greatness of our God is felt in all parts of our life. In all kinds of moments, His ever-sustaining love and guidance gives us the strength. And His grace is sufficient for us in all times whether it could be a joyous celebration or even a mourning emptiness. The Psalmist wonders at the mighty things that God our Father has done and enthrones God with praise as he sings of the greatness of the Lord. But there is this verse which we have taken for our thinking today, as it goes a step further. With exaltation in His heart and song, the Psalmist remembers all the great moments that God has done wondrous things in His life. He says, in Psalm 77:11,12.. "I remember what the Lord did; I remember the miracles you did long ago.  I think about all the things you did  and consider your deeds" 
It is not something that happens randomly in a natural…

Love, through Knowledge and Obedience

Passage to read: John 14: 15 - 24

"Those who know my commands and obey them are the ones who love me,  and my Father will love those who love me.  I will love them and will show myself to them." (John 14: 21)
As children of God, as followers of Christ Jesus and being led by the Holy Spirit, we know that we love Him. Our love towards our Creator grows with every realization of His wonderful blessings and gifts given in our lives. We learn to love Him through every hard toil and difficulty we come through with His help. 
We begin to show our Lord that we love Him with all our hearts by worshipping Him in full dedication. With every thanksgiving we proclaim that He has done this much in our lives and thus we love Him for what He is in our lives. But, my dear friends in Christ, I believe there is more. We need to go a step further to truly express our love towards our Lord. More than our worship and thanksgiving, there is something more that God wants us to do, to show that we love Hi…

Knowing His Voice

Passage to be read: John 10: 1 - 6

He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.  When He brings all His sheep out, He goes ahead of them,  and they follow Him because they know His voice.  (John 10: 04)
The picture of seeing our God as our own shepherd and we being His sheep is something that we always do. It is not just a result of someone's spark of imagination, but a truth that was told by Christ Jesus himself; "I am the good shepherd" (John 10: 11). And, many a time, we have seen the picture of Jesus as shepherd, with His flock of sheep around Him, tending the youngest. And let me lead you into a paradigm that we also need to look at the same as a responsibility of ourselves. 
It is very interesting to see that the verse that we have taken for our meditation (John 10: 04), has the word "out" twice in it, and I believe that the New Century Version of the Bible has it purposefully. The sheep that are kept in the paddocks or yards are taken 'out.' And,…

The Truth Will Make Us Free

Passage to be read: John 8:31-47

So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, "If you continue to obey my teaching, you are truly my followers.  Then you will know the truth and the truth will make you free." (John 08:31)
There are avenues that call you to walk through for freedom. There are ways in which you could go in search of deliverance to keep you away from issues. But one of the most precious and powerful thing that could save your soul through eternity is Truth. 
Having the true knowledge of what we are, what is our purpose, where we are heading towards and who is in control, directs us to the reality. Slowly and steadily, as you move towards the realization of reality, you learn the truth. But in the walk of faith, the Truth is not learned by the realization of reality, but by faith. You see the reality of your life and surroundings through your faith, and this in turn teaches you the truth. 
There are millions of people in this world who have sacrificed their entire lif…

Saul's Servant Did Not Give Up!

Passage to be read: 1 Samuel 09: 01 - 13

But the servant answered, "A man of God is in this town.  People respect him because everything he says comes true.  Let's get into the town now.  Maybe he can tell us something about the journey we have taken. ( 1 Samuel 09: 06 )

God calls us to be active members in His mission. As people who serve a living God, we are called to work with faith, keep ourselves active throughout and also to encourage others in the same mission to continue their walk of faith. A lot of times, we are called to be catalysts in the faith walk of many others; helping them to progress in their journey by helping them not to give up in times of struggles, hardships and tiring moments. And that's a faithful servanthood!
In the passage we have read above, we find an interesting narration of a journey; a journey that determined Israel's history. Saul, the chosen one by God to be the first king of Israel, sets forth in a journey in search of his father's don…

Wrapped Around His Waist

Jeremiah 13:01 - 13:11

"As a belt is wrapped tightly around a person's waist, I wrapped the families of Israel and Judah around me," says the Lord. "I did that so they would be my people and bring fame, praise, and honour to me. But my people would not listen." (Jeremiah 13: 11)
God speaks to us in various powerful ways. And sometimes the messages from God come as warnings. And here, in this passage we have read, we find God speaking to prophet Jeremiah. The message is very clear and a closer look at the meaning is life-changing. A linen belt!
God's word came to Jeremiah. "Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist. Don't let the belt get wet" (Jeremiah 13:01). Let's note down these three things. God wants Jeremiah to buy a linen belt for a price; it is valuable, precious and not freely found to be taken. And Jeremiah is asked to put it around his waist. The precious belt is not to be kept inside a box or a cupboard. But is admirably…

Fear God, Not People.

Passage to be read: Matthew 10:26-31

"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10: 28)
'Fear' is a word that brings in various interpretations. As human beings we have recognised various kinds of fears that are usually observed amongst us, as we have categorized and listed them too. And for us, who believe in God, 'fear' has a different meaning. Fear is the sign of relationship that we have with God. And the fear of God is what defines our precious relationship with Him.
A 'God fearing' woman or man knows the depths and heights of the most amazing relationship with God. They fear to sin, they fear to go against and their fear keeps them alive and burning with passion. The fear of God guides them and disciplines them, and this fear exists throughout. A fruitful fear!
Everytime we step into this world and begin to face the daily challenges, few mom…