Thursday, 23 August 2018
Our Daily Journey: What have you learned during difficult times in your life?
I searched my mind for an answer. Then I ‘saw’ light shining in the darkness. It’s not very bright but it gives sufficient light for me to see where I’m going. My answer to the question is: Follow the light.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, DARKNESS was over the surface of the deep (oceans) and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:3). Light invades darkness. When light is present, darkness loses its power.
Light is very important when we read the Bible. Let us be mindful that Satan has the capability to deceive and distort the Word of God. When we walk in the valley of darkness, we might be hard pressed on every side but we will not be crushed. We may be perplexed but we will not be in despair. We may be persecuted but we will not be abandoned. We may be struck down but we will not be destroyed so long as we remain in the light.
Apostle Paul encourages us not to lose heart: Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our momentary troubles are achieving for us an ETERNAL GLORY that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but WHAT IS UNSEEN IS ETERNAL.
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3
“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
I don’t think Paul is afraid or worried but he is aware of our vulnerability. He is warning us to be careful.
Paul also said, “… though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they [i.e. our weapons] have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
When dealing with difficult situations, many of us (if not all) will find prayer and talking to other trusted believers helpful. I think it is important for every Christian to have at least one prayer partner.
Dear Father God,
We need You when we do ministry. We need one another too. Help us to find trustworthy prayer partners so that the ministry that You have called us into will flourish. May Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Lam Yee Ling