Does God Care?

Does your mind ever doubt if God really cares for you? Are there any circumstances that you don’t understand why it had to happen?

I had a couple of rejections two weeks back and somehow, those circumstances left me in puzzled why that has to occur. I actually ask God,

“Lord do you know the implication of that?”.

Of course, God knows. That is why He brought me to the verse that He is my creator and He cares for me.

As cliche as it may seem, God cares for me. I know that God cares, from the depths of my inmost being, I know that whatever circumstances I am right now, God does care for me as what He said in Isaiah 44.

I have been nursing my broken heart for the past week, but God never left my side. He kept on reminding me, that I may have these rejections over rejections, but God is for me. He will never reject me when I call on for His help (Isaiah 58:9). When I call, He will answer me, “Here I Am”.

If God is my creator, He knew what I needed today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

God cares for my feelings. When I felt sad, He comforted me. When I felt broken, He made me feel whole because I am whole in His care and love. When I am happy, He is happy for me.

God cares for what I need. He is my Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide. He will give each day my daily needs. He is my Great Shepherd.

God cares for my loved ones. He said in the scripture that “If I believed, my family shall be saved”. He is my salvation, therefore, He is my family’s salvation too.

God cares when I am sick. He died on the cross so that I can be healed.

God cares when my faith is weak. He is my strong tower, my refuge so even if my faith falters, He will strengthen my heart to have faith again, to persevere again. And when we are weak, He is strong, His grace is sufficient for us. (2 Cor 12:9-11). God’s grace and love are new every morning, His faithfulness never ends.

When my mind cannot fully understand why some things I did not perceive happened to me, I trust that God is my Creator and He knew my needs and He cares for me. God wants to help me in ways I might not be able to comprehend. But I know that My God is for me and that He will never leave me nor forsake me.

 

 

God is Faithful Even If My Faith Tank Is Low

At times, I feel that my faith tank is running low. I have been honest that at times, I get anxious.

As my last day at work is nearing, I had mixed emotions causing me to be anxious. I am sad that I am leaving my current job; I am happy that I am looking forward to something new from God; being worried about coming out of my comfort zone and the worst, me getting my brain overworked because of the waiting.

Many times, God has put us into waiting. And to be honest, I am a person who is not really good at waiting. I remembered when I was in college if a friend of mine is late by few minutes, I would leave her and would send her a message to catch up at school. Two weeks back, I was in Manila and living in a country where convenience is a necessity, I find absurd to stay in the queue for 30 minutes only to get an answer as No. I have been tested on waiting, again and again, and most of the time, I failed the test. And God is putting me again on another waiting season in my life. I wonder how other people do it; do they get anxious too? Do they overthink? At times, I wonder why I can’t wait gracefully and faithfully. I wonder why my brain acts up and kept me awake at night over the things that I have already placed in God’s hands as if I have any control over those things.

Then last Sunday, the preacher brought us to the scripture in Hebrews 11:11. Sarah, though she had struggled at her own faith, she was considered to be a person of faith. Not by her own merit; not because she has her faith in full-tank but because her faith rested to God who made the promise and she considered and judged God as ”Faithful”. This encouraged me to go on and wait upon the Lord, to have more faith again; to fill up my faith tank again by celebrating His goodness and mercy because my God who is the author and perfecter of our faith, is Faithful. I will keep trusting God that He will answer me in His perfect time; not on the time, I deemed fit. For indeed, God has made everything beautiful in His time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Joy In Evangelism

I grew up in a Christian family. My mom and my dad would buy two Bibles, one for me and one for my sister so that we have something to use for our Sunday schools. My sister and I would end up with no Bible after a few months because my mom and my dad would give our Bibles to people that they have invited to church. I also remembered our summer school holidays, my mom and dad would ask us to answer some Christian booklets so that we could get free Bibles and give it to people who will surrender their lives to Jesus during one of the street evangelism in our area. As I grew up, the mission to share the gospel was instilled in my mind. I was always part of the “back office” of the mission up until last year. I thank my parents for teaching us to be generous in this ministry and for encouraging us to obey the Great Commission at our best effort.

But this year, I asked God that I wanted to be part of the “front office” of going into the mission field. I started praying in February and I praised God that He sent me twice already to two short-term mission trip. As I study the book of Acts and how God used the apostles, I am being encouraged all the more to be in the mission. Despite that I am an introvert by nature and most of the time, it is difficult for me to initiate conversation, but God’s love for me is overflowing that I couldn’t but help to desire to go for street evangelism. No, I am not always brave – days before the street evangelism, most of the time, I get nervous. During my last mission trip last Saturday, a few hours while waiting for my flight to that city, I got so nervous that I had to walk and keep praying to God to empower me. Truly, when we asked the Holy Spirit to empower us, He will not fail us especially if we are doing the work of God.

The crowds were eager to receive[a] Philip’s message and were persuaded by the many miracles and wonders he performed. Many demon-possessed people were set free and delivered as evil spirits came out of them with loud screams and shrieks, and many who were lame and paralyzed were also healed.[b] This resulted in an uncontainable joy filling the city! Acts 8:6-8 (TPT)

Acts 8:8, is my “mission vision” – for me to share the gospel and make disciples so that the city (my harvest field) will encounter the joy of our Lord. So I keep trusting that the God who started this mission work in me, will carry it to completion until the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Weekend Worship: Do It Again – Elevation Worship

I am not a Super Christian – there are circumstances that my faith also falter and I was eaten up by worries of life.

There are instances that keep stacking up and that instead of my faith keeps getting hyped, my anxious mind gets in the way. But when I start singing to our God, God keeps on reminding me on one of verse that I kept holding on whenever I felt that the struggle was real.

I was once young, but now I’m old.
    Not once have I found a lover of God forsaken by him,
    nor have any of their children gone hungry. – Psalm 37:25 (TPT)

This verse was one of my life verses that I have been holding on since I am on my teen years. Up until now, God has been keeping His promise that no righteous man will be forsaken and will beg for bread. At this time, when I am about to lose a job that I have been in for the last nine years, God has reminded me that I was never in need. He always provide me a good and a better job. If He is able to do it last time, He will be able to do it again. Sometimes, some good things must come to an end, so that better things can come and stay.

PS: I will be having my second interview on Tuesday, and I am claiming that this new job is the one that I have been waiting for over a year now. Truly His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life as long as I make my God my refuge and my stronghold.

Taking Refuge in His Words

Have you ever been at the receiving end of encouragement; when people tell you to take refuge in Him? But when you are all alone, you didn’t even know how to do it?

When I was a child, I usually hear and sing along to the song while at the church:

He that dwelleth in the secret place of Most High; shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

And I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, My God in whom I will trust.

I know the words and the melody, but at that time, it was only a stock knowledge. I don’t even know how to make God my refuge. Until my grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1996. I have been praying to God and that is the time I have started to apply in my life to dwell in God’s words and promises. At that time, I didn’t know yet, that being in God’s word, meditating it, praying the psalms to God, is actually an act of taking refuge in Him.

As different circumstances come into my life, from one season to another, I have been learning to trust and abide in His words. Proverbs 30:5 says: ”Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him”.

In the scriptures, God has been emphasizing that His words are trustworthy. He said that He is not a man that He should lie (Number 23:19). Even if the grass withers and the flowers fade, the Word of God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8). And what can be more assuring than this:

Thus says the Lord: “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

In Psalm 19, David listed down some of the benefits when we abide in God’s Word:

  • God’s word revives our souls (v7)
  • It makes the wise simple (v7)
  • Gives joy to our hearts (v8)
  • Gives light to our eyes (v8)
  • God’s words warn us from sins and dangers (v11)
  • Following God’s word will give us a guarantee that we will succeed

We can take refuge in God’s word because God’s word is perfect in every way (Psalm 19:7). Each of His commandment is right (Psalm 19:9), and nothing He says ever needs to be changed (Psalm 19:9). Because of all these reasons, we can be assured that God will be there for us as our refuge and shield, covering us with His mighty wings despite the storms we are in right now.

Note: This is a continuation of my reflections and God’s impression on my word for the week Refuge.

Word of the Week: Refuge

Yesterday, it was my first time to actually pray and minister to someone I don’t know. Our pastor asked the congregation if there is anyone who was currently in a challenging or faithless situation. While they were standing, the pastor called out to those who are sitting near them to pray and minister unto them.

I was serving as an usher and the lady sitting near me stood up but her life groupmates went over her and prayed for her. But my relief was only short-lived; one of my life groupmates who was also serving as an usher called me because the man sitting near her stood up in faith to be prayed for but none has approached him yet. So I came over and started to ask him what is his specific prayer. He told me that he is losing his faith but the message of our pastor has struck the core of his heart. And I prayed for him, giving him words of encouragement from the book of Psalms. As I was concluding in my prayer, I said that God is the anchor of our hope; He is our refuge and we will not be shaken.

This week, I would like to share my thoughts and reflections of God being our refuge.

In Psalm 91, what a profound assurance that if we dwell in the secret place of most High, we are hidden in His strength. We can trust and be confident that when we make Him our stronghold, He will be our protector – He will be our shield and He would send angels to be with us wherever we go.

14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
    “Because you have delighted in me as my great lover,
    I will greatly protect you.
    I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.
15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
    and you will find and feel my presence
    even in your time of pressure and trouble.
    I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.
16 You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you.
    For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!” – Psalm 91:14-16

Because we have made Him as our refuge, the one that we immediately call when we feel that we are in danger or because we have been triumphant, He will greatly protect us and make us safe and secure. He will answer us every time we pray and we will feel His presence. He will be our Hero.

Surely Goodness!

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I would like to share one of my all-time favorite verses about God’s goodness as I conclude this week meditating on my word for the week – Good.

This verse is a conclusion to one of the ”most recognized chapter”, not just on the book of Psalms but in the entirety of the Bible – Psalm 23. Whenever I meditate on this word, I always get reminded His goodness in my life – passing grades in one dreadful subject in college, gave me a new job right after I resigned without a backup plan, miracles over my family.

I like how the The Passion Translation Bible transcribe Psalm 23.

“The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough.”

‭‭David acknowledged that the Lord is his best friend and his Shepherd. In the succeeding verse, still in TPT version, David remembered how the Good Shepherd offers him rest in his luxurious love.

In a world of haste and technology, I often ended up tired and weary. Or at times, I have been talking a lot to people at work but I get lonely at night when it is time to retire. There are times that all I could do was cry – but every time I felt empty, and when I start running to Him, He always fills my cup with His love and I always get a good rest afterward.

Our Good Shepherd always guides us so that we could have rest for our exhausted heart, downcasted souls, and anxious minds. And at times when we perceived that we are walking towards suffering or darkness, He strengthens our heart and giving us His comfort that He will not leave us nor forsake us.

The comfort of Your Love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for You are near. Psalm 23:4

Just as Jesus declares in John 10:11, He is our good Shepherd; the one that will lay down His life for sheep. If He can put aside His deity and give up His life for me, what else I could ask for that He could not give? For indeed, in His death, I have the affirmation that His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life – this may pertain to the wholesomeness of the temporal things that we need while we are here; but the greatest assurance that I have is that one day, because of what the Good Shepherd has done, I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever where His goodness and mercy does not end.

    So why would I fear the future?
    For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
    Then afterward, when my life is through,
    I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! – Psalm 23:6