How can the magnificent Temple become a rubble? Is God not pleased with just the beauty and the decoration of the structure? Was God in pain to see His people in rebellion and then in distress? Jer 52:12-30
Lord, before we showcase our artifacts or monuments which we created or preserved for Your name sake, we commit to order our lives so that we will delight in You and obeying You.
Lord, we do not want to be blind to believe that only our great achievements or monuments display Your glory rather we admit that we glorify You when we complete the work You have given us.
How will we face desertion? What if it is when we are in a limiting situation? Will we continue to do what we have been doing: equipping and encouraging others to follow Christ without any remorse? 2Tim 1:13-18
Lord, when others dear to us have deserted us, we continue to stand by You to fulfill Your calling on our lives; help us to persevere with joy in the Lord.
Lord, when others walk away from us out of fear or shame, we commit to stay close to You, the faithful One, who will complete the work for which You have called us.
How do we value being rich in godliness? Or do we value riches and wealth? What do we pursue: enjoyment or God? 1Tim 6:6-21
Lord, our goal in life is neither to be wealthy nor poor but to be godly and content and to trust in You who provide everything for our enjoyment.
Lord, forgive us for at times we sought enjoymen outside of Your parameters, forgetting that for all who trust in You, You provide what is needed for enjoyment in this life and in the coming age.
I felt like I was pretty harsh about what I had said about the man: “After his wife is gone he is sad, but I wish he could have expressed love to her when she was alive.” I just repeated what I had heard from an elder person in\n my family. Immediately after I said that I saw a puzzled look on my colleague’s face. I realized that she did not expect such a comment from me. Besides it was too unkind to say that when someone is grieving over the loss of a loved one.
More I thought about it the more I felt ugly inside and had to repent and ask God to help me to show mercy to others. As I re-evaluated my words the next day, I realized that I do not always express my love to my spouse or another family member as they desire or God expects. We may not be an alcoholic or have extra-marital affairs but we also neglect and ignore our loved ones in more culturally accepted ways like silencing the weaker ones, controlling decisions, or being a workaholic. Besides roles in any relationship demand certain level of unconditional love to the people whom we care for. Be it between parents and children, husband and wife, wife and husband, adult children and parents, shepherd and sheep, or teachers and students. I am sure we have failed in many of these roles to express unconditional love.
We can be more kind to others when we realize that we are also sinners in need of favor from a merciful God rather than entertaining the thought that only others are “sinners in the hands of an angry God.” When we cannot see our need for mercy and repentance, we become too quick to judge other couples about the speck of dust in their families and ignore the log in our family.
Before we try to fix our neighbor’s family life, let us take a quick evaluation to see whether our spouse and children or other dependents feel loved in our homes. We may be good in loving them according to our standards by providing food, clothes and shelter. But do they feel loved? That is the question all of us need to ask. Others feel loved only when we express love in the way they feel loved or as Gary Chapman says when we speak others’ love language. He says that children by the age of four have developed their primary love language which can be words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, or physical touch. In his book, he explains how God Speaks Your Love Language using the five languages. I pray this truth will motivate us to learn how to speak love languages so that those who care for will feel loved. The following link describes the different love languages: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cOTS8yEncYG91bZBVJACbqllyOTnmcoC/view?usp=drivesdk
Let me close with a word of wisdom, let us be immersed in the love of God in Christ so that loving others will be naturally supernatural.
How seriously do we entrust our values to the next generation? How do they perceive the significance we give to these values? What do we do or say to differentiate between eternal and trivial? Jer 35:1-16
Lord, as the first lesson to obey Your word is something that we learn and teach at our homes, let our young ones our community see the price we pay to obey You.
Lord, let us order our lives in such a way that our young ones in our homes and churches can see how we are committed to obey You even when it hurts and in turn will be attracted to obey You and love You.
How often we think of our past to express our gratitude to our savior? Where would we have been if it was not for Him? Do we become tempted to feel better than others just because of our transformation? I Tim 1:12-17
Lord, give us a humble heart to gratefully ponder Your mercy which caused a 180 degree turnaround in our lives.
Lord, we take time to think of Your mercy and love that brought about transformation in our hearts to desire to be Yours forever and to lead others to the joy we found in You.
What if God chooses us to do an irrational thing to showcase His plan? What if we know that we will die before we see the fulfillment of that plan? What words will we use to express our predicament to God? Jer 32:6-25
Lord, the Sovereign creator and sustainer, we don’t understand why You have chosen us to do something that seems foolish but we surrender with trust in Your power, love, and might knowing that there is nothing too hard for You.
Lord even when You choose us to showcase something that is seemingly impossible, we declare every minute that there is nothing is too hard for our Sovereign Lord.