Quiet Time With Jesus – Why

Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 

As I grow older, I change the way I see things. Things of the world become dim. So what if I have accomplished success in this or that? So what if I have gone to this place or that place? So what? The world is so big that it is impossible for anyone to see everything, go everywhere, or taste everything. It is fun to share one’s experience but that’s all. So, what is important in life?

What is going on in the nations? Is there a crisis on the global scene? What does the planet earth look like now compared to the planet earth when God first created it?

Ravi Zacharias: I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. Truth is the most powerful weapon and love is the most supreme ethic in the world. Where do we find these?

What kind of world will it be in 10 to 15 years time? What is man chasing after?

If our goal is to reflect God, we have a l-o-n-g way to go! Not by might nor by power, but by God’s Spirit – Yes! We desperately need His help.

I don’t like being advised what to do / what not to do, what is good / what is not good. I prefer to experience it and decide for myself. Likewise, that is how I teach my children: Go ahead. Experience it for yourself. I like it but you may not like it. Discover the truth yourself… Decide for yourself. 

God told Adam and Eve that they can eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except one but God did not fence up the tree to make it more difficult for Adam and Eve to reach it. Did God put the tree there to ‘test’ Adam and Eve’s level of obedience? I think the world that we live in today is similar to the Garden of Eden – trees are everywhere, we get to choose what fruit we want to eat i.e. we get to choose where we want to go, what we want to do… Every day is a test. Every test will lead us – either closer to God or away from Him.

As parents, we have the responsibility to guide our children in the way they should go but as they grow older, they get to choose what they want to do. 

“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child.” (Proverbs 22:15)

“Train up a child in the way he should go; Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Someone said: We have a responsibility as parents to teach our children what matters to God. It doesn’t mean forcing them into a certain set of beliefs or rituals; rather, it means demonstrating a REAL FAITH – one that puts the focus on LOVING GOD and LOVING OTHERS. In my view, there ‘s not a greater purpose we can have in life than reflecting God’s image for our children to see.

I have witnessed two situations: 

A mother saw that some children were wearing socks with holes. She immediately asked her children to remove their socks; She took the socks from her own children and put them on the feet of the children wearing socks with holes. Her children watched her silently.

A mother gave a lift to a stranger because it was raining heavily. Her child asked her why is she giving a lift to a stranger. She tried to explain but the child ‘refused to understand’. Finally she asked the child, “If you are standing in the rain, would you not want someone to give you a lift?” The child answered, “No!”

 

The choices we make will always have consequences. Our choices make us. 

Someone said: People should stop asking “Did Jesus die on the cross” and start asking “Why?”

Why did the mother take away socks from her own children to put on other children’s feet? 

Why did the mother give a lift to a stranger standing in the rain?

Why did Jesus die on the cross?

 

Lam Yee Ling