Anxiety: I creep over your door.
Hope: Oh, you again?
Anxiety: Yes, outdoor is fierce.
Hope: Houseful here!
Anxiety: I can lurk in from under the door.
Hope: No, wait outside.
Anxiety: I’m huffing and puffing.. can’t settle here.
Hope: Is it right for you to be angry?
Anxiety: It’s rather important.
Hope: Nothing but life.
Anxiety: But there is a sea of trouble ahead of you.
Hope: One with authority subdues surging seas.
Anxiety: Your hope puts me down.
Hope: I will pass through by His Spirit.
Anxiety: Why delay so long?
Hope: Because the great God said so!
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(Dear Readers, I trust you are well. I pray with assurance and hope for your health, strength, support and comfort. In these dark times, you are not alone. Take heart. This too shall pass)
This is one of many astonishing changes that happened some days ago in this quiet dull season. Due to pandemic, businesses were slowing down. Business expenditure had to be slashed. Losing jobs shocked many in the community. At this point of time, my husband’s job didn’t seem steady. His project was put on hold and was given 4 weeks period of notice. We never thought this problem would arise.
We prayed to God earnestly for an opening that would bless our family. God listened to our prayers. After praying, we were not afraid. We felt a sense of calm. Quietness filled our soul after we gave our burden and worries that mattered to us to Almighty God in prayer. After 2 weeks, someone called him for a job proposal. With so many companies laying off professionals and workers, my husband got the job at the right time. They were impressed and we found favor in the sight of God and men. God helped us right on time. I thank God for he did not leave us hungry or broken-hearted. Help came in at the right time. We received the comfort from God, the sure salvation from Lord Almighty.
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
We daily thank Lord Jesus Christ for the price He paid at the cross for us.
Smile is a sign of joy and gladness. Life seemed wonderful with smile on my face until a year ago when I was diagnosed with periodontal disease, an auto-immune condition that affected my gums. It slowly developed with inflammation, bleeding and pain in the gums. It made me difficult to eat hot and cold food. I love spicy food but couldn’t enjoy it anymore. Dentist said it would only get worse and give way to more health risks. So gave me a plan to treat the condition. I asked the dentist if his patients were completely cured according to his treatment plans. He said it had happened sometimes for some people. But cannot guarantee for me. He was saying this to take care of my gums to his best knowledge as soon as possible. I was completely discouraged and helpless. I found no hope in any dentist after he said that. I was only 31 but according to his knowledge and observation, I was aging too soon.
On my way back home, his comments and treatment plans were buzzing on my head. Where am I heading? How is my health going to progress? How can I not be serious about this? How can I ignore this? Who can give me the hope of saving my health? My heart was longing for elixir of life. I am a foodie. I love to taste variety of cuisine. And now I’m feeling unease and discomfort in my mouth. After some months, I came to know about the awesome power in the name of Lord Jesus Christ. He defeated death. He won over death. God raised him from the dead. His grave is opened and still remains till this day.
So before I brushed my teeth, I said this….” In the name of Jesus Christ who raised from the death, in the name of Jesus Christ who won over death, I now brush my teeth” and I brushed my teeth morning and night. I didn’t realize when exactly it happened but I saw suddenly that the inflammation was gone. I felt no tenderness in my gums. Bleeding stopped. My mouth felt so clean, no bad odor , all happened after I believed and confessed the name of Lord Jesus Christ. I realized once again that Salvation is found in no one else. I found no dentist who can save me. Lord Almighty is awesome. His works are perfect. I can now smile like never before. Thank you Lord!
A good-willed grandfather in his 80s had been widowed recently. His was a case of stolen identity. He was cared by his people but soon forsaken and left in an unfamiliar place “aged care”. To him, it was a place where mere existence and living was a burden to others. His heart and soul was badly wounded. Grief stricken and sorrowful was his time of his life. Nothing in the aged care could motivate him to live. There was nothing that could take away the pain and anxiety of lost, forsaken and forgotten grandfather. People were led to believe in positive thinking. But that didn’t help. His medicines didn’t really seem to add anything to his health. He seemed to be weighing below 65 pounds.
A family he knew prayed for him continually. They did not give up on God because He is a God nearby and far-away. Although he is weak, God is mighty. This family put their hope in God’s unfailing love. God opened doors of favor for this grandfather and sent to him helpers who brought him back home. This was the Lord’s doing and it is still marvellous to our eyes. To grandpa, it seemed impossible. Others around him given up their hope of his survival. With God, all things are possible. The Lord is close to the broken- hearted. He has heard the cries and miseries of this grandfather. God ‘s richest grace enabled him to bring him home safe and sound. He has shown him kindness and saved him in His unfailing love.
God through Jesus Christ had given us hope and through His Spirit guided and led us in the right path to bring home grandpa safe and sound. To God be the glory because of His love and faithfulness. (Psalm 115:1)
One day a tired-looking father said to me that he was really worried about his finances, trying to make both ends meet each month. Same story, every month showed signs of toil and burden on him. This young father have always been God-fearing and honored God first. He was reluctant to open his heart to anyone he knew. He never revealed anything and kept everything to himself. No one could ever imagine his situations and struggle for his family.
As usual, he went to church for Family prayer where the Lord speaks and reveals through His word. His words were..
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2
These words were speaking to him, kept working in him immediately. He understood this answer was from God. He believed that God can do all things and His purpose cannot be opposed or stopped from happening. He is the great and mighty God. He will fulfill His purpose for him. He left the church with peace and quietness, full of hope. He prayed that this word come true in his life at this point of his need.
Although this father came to a stand-still point with no help or support for this month’s expenses, he put his trust on the words of God. Because God is firm in his purpose and “what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. ” In a matter of 5 days, God opened the doors to opportunity to bless him abundantly, more than he expected. This estimated income was more than he could imagine. He was full of joy and praise for God. He trusted in God and God blessed him.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3. Call on God, he will speak to you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Don’t give up.
Week after week, as I wait and indulge in my enchantments, there is one thing I greatly long for. I ask myself whose is the greatest love, what is the deepest secret, most searched treasure, a lifelong true and trustworthy companionship. What would that be?
What is the matter with me? Why am I so pre-occupied? As I go around and talk to people about it, they feel the same but only wondering if our answers are the same. Keep going, keep mumbling.. Never give up what you are after. But never chase the wind. Never be gone with the wind. It’s just futile.
A door always opens to me to enter the road not taken. When life churns endless chaos, there is one thing I think about and turn my eyes to. His testament and will will by no means vanish from me. His love will not be taken away from me. His eyes are always on me and his ears are always attentive to my voice. His testament clearly states what am I and constantly imprints in my heart who I really am.
His life in me is the source of all enchantments, hope and freedom. Because he is the giver and is always good, I can freely and confidently come to him anytime seeking for his help. It has now become a pleasure to see hearts changed, how people serve him and how their confident trust is rewarded. He is my Super Saviour Jesus Christ !