Friday, 29 December 2017
Many biblical heroes of the faith reached their high level of spiritual maturity through great struggles. When a brother or sister in Christ describes his or her struggle, I would go to God in prayer. Honestly, I have no answer or solution. But, I know God has a plan for my brother or sister in Christ. John the Baptist struggled – he who had introduced Jesus to the world had wondered if Jesus really was who He claimed to be when he (John) was in prison (Matthew 11:2-3). Peter, who saw Jesus transfigured had denied that he even knew Him (Matthew 26:69-74).
Have you ever asked, “O God, where are you?”
Dear Father God
Help us not to fear the struggles that we face from time to time. We pray and ask that You use all of our problems to conform us to the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We just need to fix our eyes on Him, who being in the very nature God, had made Himself nothing. Instead He took on the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in the appearance of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!
We want to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, for it is You who work in us to will and to act according to Your good purpose. Amen.
As we read and meditate on the words in the book of Philippians, let’s ask God to speak to us, reveal the truth and set us free. May our love abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.
Lam Yee Ling