Happy New Month! I’m so sorry that I’ve not been as consistent with the blog posts. Let’s just say managing school work and running a blog is not a piece of cake. Anyhoo, I heard a message at church this past Sunday and felt compelled to share it! It was like God was speaking to me when I least expected. It’s on a topic that we’ve all heard before but always seem to forget at times when we really need to remember. If you are going through a hard time, waiting for your prayers to be answered, or just uncertain about the future, this is for you!
The sermon was called Faith and the Miraculous. It was basically about how we tend to forget that the same God who performed miracles in the bible is the same one that we serve. The one who loves us immeasurably and has great plans for us (Jeremiah 11:29).
Here are a few key points I took away from the sermon:
- Our perspective as we go through life is key. We need to frame our experiences by the underlying truth that God works ALL things at HIS time for our good and His glory.
- Try not to be the God of your own life. Planning may be inevitable but we should learn to be flexible with our plans and commit it all to God’s hands. When we think about the future, we should understand that God’s ways and plans are better than ours. Our prayer should always be that God’s will be done, even above ours.
- We shouldn’t be afraid of failure; rather what we should be wary of is succeeding at the wrong thing. We should be mindful of succeeding momentarily and missing out on eternity. Our focus should always be to seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and everything else will be added (Matt 6:33).
- The journey to a life-changing miracle is marked by struggles. Sorrow may last for the night but Joy comes in the morning! Sometimes the greatest blessings come after our greatest struggles.
- There is a purpose behind the wait. We don’t always get what we pray for when we want it, and that happens for a reason. It may be hard to accept this at the moment but we need to trust God enough to truly surrender our desires knowing that He loves us more than we could ever love ourselves, and He works everything out for our good at just the right time (Romans 8:28).
- In your times of struggle, consider these three questions:
- Who is with you?
- Whose timing do you trust more (yours or God’s)?
- What’s your response to the unexpected (fear or faith)?
2 Corinth 4:17-18
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
2 Tim 1:12
12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
PS: Many thanks to the amazing speaker, Priya, for allowing God use her to speak to us!