Thursday, 3 December 2015
David: I spread out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land. Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide Your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For Your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life; in Your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In Your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am Your servant. (Psalm 143:6-12)
Selwyn Hughes: To ascribe all personal difficulties and suffering to the will of God is tantamount to blasphemy. Believe me, Jesus sets His face against those who cover exploitation with piety and hide their predatory wills under ‘the will of God’. This attitude will have a paralyzing effect on any community or people that adopts it, for it is an opiate.
Yeeling: Oftentimes, when I see a dispute, I judge – determining who is right and who is wrong or what is right and what is wrong. Perhaps, it is due to my sister’s influence since childhood. My sister is a righteous woman but not a believer yet.
The one who is strong-willed will ‘fight’ (argue) and the one who is meek will remain silent.
I have not seen anyone like Jesus who remained silent until the ‘end’ when He called out with a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.” The Bible tells us that the centurion, seeing what had happened, PRAISED GOD and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” (Luke 23:46-47)
In a preschool environment, I play ‘judge’ too. My ‘pattern’ is: (1) Attend first to the one who is hurt (physically) (2) Ask and listen to each child, one at a time (3) Make sure the children also listen; Stop them from interrupting (in defense) (4) When the whole ‘story’ is told, use it as a teaching moment – addressing the actions and reactions, teaching the right response. It is never an easy task to settle a dispute but it is easier when we are dealing with children. They are so pure and ‘uncontaminated’ by the world.
It is important for adults to teach children the right values – Christian values. The next generation is our life and legacy.
Dear Father God,
I lift up all children into Your hands today – rich and poor, whether they are living with parents, single parents, or without parents. LORD, bring them into the right community. Send Your servants to feed them and to take care of them. May Your Holy Spirit empower their caregivers and teachers to teach all children to do Your will, for You are their God. May Your good Spirit lead them on. Father, You can see the misery of Your children on earth. You can hear them crying out because of exploitation, oppression, poverty, sickness … Surely, You are concerned about their suffering. Come and rescue them from the hand of Satan and bring them out of darkness into Your light. Send us LORD! (Exodus 3:7-10)
Today, I declare Your will for a lost and suffering world:
This is the verdict: LIGHT has come into the world!
Lam Yee Ling