I cried for three days straight when I lost my job this year thanks to COVID-19. It wasn’t my first time to lose a job. You’d think I’d be stronger or more psychologically prepared but I wasn’t. What’s worse, since I was remote working, I got fired via WhatsApp and email. That was cruel, no doubts about it.
So I cast aside my faith for a while and held a pity party for three days. After that, God consoled me with this vision. In my mind, I saw the stars and the planets in space. God’s spirit told me, “Never be afraid of what people do to you. Just like I hold the stars and all heavenly bodies, so do I hold the lives of all human beings. No human being is powerful enough to bring down the moon, or the stars. No one is strong enough to snatch your destiny from my hands. I knew you would lose that job. Calm down, you are still in your destiny.”
I sought consolation from God when I lost that job. And I sought Him because the scriptures encourage us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
God’s spirit comforted me by helping me see that just as stable as the planets are in the heavens, so are the lives of every human being in GOD’s hands. Therefore, when we feel that we have lost the way or that we are no longer in our destiny, in our times of distress and doubts, we should remember that God sustains all creation.
Are we not worth more than the birds? (Matthew 6:26).
I am going to share with you four simple scriptures that come with a short prayer. This is my simple way of teaching you how to pray using scriptures.
1 Samuel 30:6
David was greatly distressed because the men talked of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
Some versions say, “David consoled himself in the LORD.”
When you read 1 Samuel 30 to 31, you will discover that God rewarded King David by restoring what he had lost, and He added some spoils.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, because when David had lost his family, he consoled himself in you. God, you heard the King, and you restored his fortunes. Thank you God, because, through Christ Jesus, you are doing the same for us. Amen.
After Lot had parted from him, the Lord said to Abram, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
This scripture is a portion of Genesis 13. In this story, Abraham and Lot disagreed, and they separated. But before the two men parted, Lot took for himself the best lands. But God met with Abraham after Lot left him and encouraged him with this scripture.
How do you feel when you lose a loved one?
Have you ever experienced a heartbreak and had your heart set on that person, but they reject you?
Regardless of what you’ve lost, this scripture encourages us to console ourselves in God because no one ever truly knows God’s mind over the situation. Abraham had to part with the best lands. But in God’s plan for his life, Abraham was to become the Father of Nations.
So hold on to your faith! The best is yet to come.
Prayer: God, I thank you because where I perceive my end, that’s why your plans over my life begin. Thank you because you are mindful of me. In Jesus name, Amen.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Sometimes the best way to console yourself in the LORD is to remember that He goes before us. So when you pray, you tell God, “Father go before me in my plans. Let your rod and staff comfort me, in Jesus name, Amen.”
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
Prayer: Father God, in this situation that troubles me, I pray that you would keep me as the apple of your eye, and hide me in the shadow of your wings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Last Piece of Advice
At one time in life, I learnt this exercise. When my mind is spinning out of control and I can’t figure out what to do. I stand up, stretch my hands, and tell God. “This is where my hands have reached. My efforts are not strong enough. Yet I am in the shadow of the Almighty. When you stretch out your hand, it cuts across the galaxy. Do your will over my life. But in your wrath, show me mercy.
Things have been spinning out of control of late. Some have lost jobs, marriages/relationships have been tested, students are frustrated, jobs shut down. We all share a common suffering, with some experiencing more hardships than the rest of us.
Before I begin sharing some of the most comforting scriptures I have ever seen from the bible, I would like to remind all of us of the time when Jesus calmed the storm (Matthew 8:23-27). The disciples woke Jesus up in distress and told him, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus replied to them and said, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”
There is a hymn in Kiswahili language that’s based on this scripture. The singers say, “If the raging seas, the thundering heavens, and the furious winds obeyed him. If demons would flee from him. Then what of your troubles? In time, things will calm…so calm down.”
This hymn has been very comforting for me when I have felt like everything is out of control.
Aside from worship songs/hymns, here are 10 soothing scriptures that you can meditate upon when you feel like things are spinning out of control.
When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy (Psalms 94:18-19)
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27). #waitingonGod
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (Psalms 27:13-14).
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Record my misery;list my tears on your scroll —are they not in your record?Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? (Psalms 56:3-4;8-9)
In my distress I called to the Lord;I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice;my cry came before him, into his ears. (Psalms 18:6)
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death (Psalms 68:19-20).
So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
Why, my soul, are you downcast?Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.(Psalms 42:5).
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly. (Psalms 52:8-9)
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)
Scripture 1: But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness (Hebrews 3:13 NIV)
COVID 19 was first reported on 31st December 2019. But it was until March 2020 that I got to hear about it. This pandemic has resulted in 800k+ deaths and affected millions. Most of us have been affected indirectly, with massive job losses that have left us having to make due with little income.
It’s August and COVID is still on the news. But the saying, “everyday is a gift,” calls for us to make a decision every day that we wake up. We have to ask ourselves, what do I believe in? What is this that I value so much that my entire heart is in it? Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, that’s where your heart is also” (Matthew 6:21).
If you take your time to think about it, everything we value we leave behind. Marriages last or break. We raise kids, and they leave the house eventually. We work hard, and at times we enjoy the fruits of our toil; other times, the economic ecosystem despoils us of what we worked too hard to get.
Therefore the Bible is right when it calls all that we treasure “fleeting” (Hebrews 11:27). So we are called to place our hearts in that which endures forever. This foundation is Jesus Christ, the eternal rock (Isaiah 26:4).
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself is the Rock eternal (Isaiah 26:4)
Jehovah Shammah—The LORD is There
Jehovah Shammah is one of the names that refers to God in the Scriptures. It is found in Ezekiel 48:35 when the Prophet had a vision about God’s presence in a future Jerusalem. This is the only scripture where the name appears, and it means “The Lord is There.” In the text, the Prophet told that the Lord’s glory had left Jerusalem because of their sins. Yet he foresaw a future Jerusalem where God’s glory would remain forever.
Jehovah Shammah is a name that brings me much comfort. This is because when Jesus went up to heaven, he promised that He would be with us until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Jesus also said, “I will not leave you orphans but I will come to you (John 14:18).” Jesus fulfilled this promise by pouring out the Holy Spirit/the Spirit of Christ on Earth.
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.(Joel 2:28/Acts 2:17)”
But is God Really with us?
Earthquakes! Pandemics! Wars and tensions among nations! Poverty! Refugees! Inequality! Racism!
Question: What is this time in human history?
Answer: Just as it was in the night when Jesus was arrested, this is the time when evil is at its peak.
Question: What is faith in a time like this?
Answer: Faith believes that Jesus is already in a place of victory. Therefore, through him, we can overcome the evil in the world. The Bible says that where sin increased, God’s grace increased (Romans 5:20). When the army of the enemy surrounded Elisha and his servant, Elisha was not afraid. But his servant Gehazi was in distress. Elisha tried to calm his servant by telling him that God was with them. But Gehazi could not believe it. So Elisha prayed and asked God to open the eyes of his servant. God answered his servant’s prayer, and Gehazi saw that the hills were full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:17).
Don’t mess with angels; they are servants of God. There was a time when one angel killed one hundred and eighty-five thousand in an Assyrian camp (2 Kings 19:35). Therefore when we say that when sin increased, God’s grace increased, we also mean that there are more of God’s angels on Earth, ready to save those who accept salvation and call on God for help.
God is still with us.
A Small Testimony
Back in my undergrad, my parents divorced. Up to now, I don’t think there’s anything more painful for a child than to watch two people whom you naturally love, hate each other. As a firstborn, I was depressed. My two younger siblings were looking at me, and I told them everything would be okay-I lied.
My home was utterly shattered.
By the third year, I was up to my gills with student loans. I suffered from depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, and battled poverty. I went for an internship, thinking I would get something small, but the company gave me nothing. I remember waking up at 4 a.m and walking several miles to the bus stop just to catch the company bus. I had to do this because I could not afford a bus ticket. Not to mention I was crashing at a friend’s place in a ghetto. I had to go to work really early and come back home late. Sometimes I would walk back home, and I would lose my way amidst the cramped houses. This ghetto was a hot-bed of criminals. There was no difference between living there and living in prison.
I would arrive at the hotel where I was working by 5 a.m.Since the hotel was by the sea, I would spend my time on the beach watching the sun come up. One day I got a taste of the most beautiful site you could ever see.
You see, on that day, the sea was still. The waters appeared to have this fresh turquoise blue shade, and the blue sky looked like a beautiful woman who covered her beauty with a translucent cotton garment. But she could not hide her beauty for long as the sun’s rays burnt away her garment, exposing her blue skin.
I said to myself, “Wow! This morning is so beautiful. God must be here. I’ll do what Moses did and take off my shoes. Surely this is holy ground.”
You will forgive me for being so dramatic on that day. I guess only a nature lover would understand me.
I removed my shoes and poured out my heart to the unseen God. I can’t recall exactly what I said, but I know I told my fears about the future and the frustrations that I was going through as an intern. I concluded by telling God, “I don’t know you well, and my faith is shaking. Please, if you’ve heard me, please give me a sign. Maybe a dream where you show me that everything is going to be okay. I mean–you’re God. If you wanted to reach out to someone, you’d do it. For my sake God, speak to my soul. I am anxious and afraid.”
After that prayer, I wore my shoes and went back to the hotel to start my shift. The donkey-work I was doing made me forget about the prayer. By the time I went to sleep, I could not remember. By 4 a.m. the next day, my alarm rang, I dashed out of bed. All I can say is something gripped me as I reached the corner of my bed. I felt an unseen force pull me back, and this thought came to my head, “You got an answer from the Almighty GOD! But you have forgotten!?” In an instant, my mind recalled that I had had a dream a few minutes before waking up. In the dream, I was wearing a jungle green t-shirt and shorts. I was chatting with someone as I cooked chapatis (a traditional meal) on my cooker. I was wearing a gold chain, and I was in a cream-colored apartment.
The meaning of the dream was clear to me. God had answered my prayer, and by showing me this vision, he had promised to take care of me in my life. I knew then that although my parents had forsaken us, it was God’s time to provide for me.
I felt different that morning. I can describe it as a feeling of discomfort because I felt that God existed for the first time in my life. I was aware of His presence, His eyes watching me, and it scared me.
The Almighty had gripped my heart that morning, and this was the heart of a sinner. An ordinary human being with no special traits or outstanding accomplishments. Yet, I felt “Holy.” Not because I was holy, but because the Holy Spirit had touched my heart that day.
On a light note, I was so afraid that I ignored secular music for the longest time (I didn’t think it would be wise to offend an All-powerful God).
I will conclude by reminding you of my favorite scripture. I have shared this scripture in this blog before, and I will share it today.
“We overcame by the blood of the lamb, and the word of our testimony, and we did not love our lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12:11)
GOD is With us every day! He is an ever-present help in time of need (Psalms 46:1). And we will overcome COVID and every other challenge that life throws at us by clinging to this truth! He is Jehovah Shammah in this life and the next.
Abraham, the father of the faith always had his eyes looking towards heaven. He desired the heavenly Jerusalem, the Kingdom of God, where God is. This is the same for us. No matter what we experience in this life we believe that God is with us daily. We look to heaven with the hope that even in death, we shall see him whose hands and feet were pierced for our sake.
This I know, God is for me! (Psalms 56:9).
God is for us, and God will continue to see us through, even after this pandemic.
Scripture: For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalms 30:5 NIV).
They say that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. But Christianity calls us to not only be tough but to hope. We are to hope that the season of hardship or challenging times do come to an end. The secret ingredient to this hope is the knowledge of the steadfast love of GOD.
What does Steadfast mean? It means unwavering, firm, unfaltering, and staunch. Steadfast means that it is consistent and does not change easily.
Whoever comes to God must believe in the steadfast love of GOD. Because we believe that His love is steadfast, we must also be steadfast (James 5:11).
The Kings Lost In the Desert
2 kings 3 talks about three kings who went out to battle. The three Kings (King of Edom, King of Israel, and the King of Judah) decided that they would surprise their enemy by taking a route through the desert of Edom.
After seven days of journeying through the desert, the three Kings and their army had no water left.
The King of Israel was shocked to find out that there was no water for them or their animals! The Bible says that he exclaimed, “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?” (2 Kings 3:10).
There are times in life when we feel the same way that this King felt. We had made our plans, and according to our plans, we would never lack. All of a sudden, something happens, and we feel like God has set us up.
But King Jehoshaphat saw it differently. Instead of getting surprised by the turn of events, he asked his friends, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, so that we may seek God about this issue” (2 Kings 3:11).
An official of the King of Israel informed them that there was a prophet living there, and the prophet was Elisha.
So the Kings went to Elisha so that he would seek GOD on their behalf. But Elisha told the Kings to do something that most people don’t like to do when experiencing trouble. He asked the Kings to bring a harpist so that they could sing to GOD.
While the harpist was playing, the Bible says that the hand of the LORD came on Elisha, and Elisha said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.
Jesus Christ is Greater Than Elisha The Bible not only calls Jesus the Son of God who came to deliver us from sin but also the High Priest forever. The truth is that every other human priest of God failed God. They would either get so full of themselves that their arrogance deceives them. Or, they would get greedy and try to deceive God’s people. So if you study the old testament and when you go to the book of Hosea, you find the scripture that says:
My people perish because of ignorance. Therefore, I reject your priests and your leaders (Hosea 4).
Yes! We have had good leaders, but we have never seen a perfect leader. And so it was God’s will from the beginning (Genesis) to restore creation unto himself through Christ. Jesus is the King in Zion (God’s nation/kingdom) and the High Priest for the people.
Apostle Paul went to great lengths to explain this truth to the early church. He said that it was God’s will that we should have a human high priest, “Jesus Christ,” who understands our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15).
In 1 Timothy 2:5, Paul said, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man is Christ Jesus,” Jesus is greater than Elisha, Elijah, Moses, and all the Prophets. In fact, Paul said that all these prophets were servants of Christ in that they were servants in the household of GOD. But the son is in charge of the household (Hebrews 3:5).
If the Kings went to Elisha and Elisha told them to bring a harpist and praise God, we must go to God through Christ. We seek GOD through prayer in Christ, and we praise GOD because we know that no matter how hard it looks, our salvation is an easy thing for GOD to do.
Tears Flow Through The Night, But Joy “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27 ESV).
The truth is that the Bible is a witness account for this age. Its accounts are a reminder that it was GOD who commanded life to exist. So there’s nothing too hard for him. But when we face calamities or challenges, we don’t seek Christ in the same way the Kings chose to seek Elisha. We try to figure things out by ourselves, or we look to other people for solutions.
We have become a fulfilling prophecy of the words that Jesus spoke. Jesus said, “The stone that the builders refused turned out to be the most valuable! This stone is the Chief cornerstone! (Matthew 21:42).
Jesus Christ is our ally, our High Pries, and Living Prophet. He should be the foundation of all that we set out to do. When struggles come, Jesus is the go-to priest that we seek through prayer.
The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is that a Christian sees the value of Christ in all seasons of life.
If you develop the habit of seeking Christ and placing your hope in his saving grace, you will understand the truth behind this beautiful scripture: Tears may flow through the night, but joy comes in the morning. Be blessed.
Come to the Lord, the living stone rejected by people as worthless but chosen by God as valuable. Come as living stones, and let yourselves be used in building the spiritual temple, where you will serve as holy priests to offer spiritual and acceptable sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ. For the scripture says, “I chose a valuable stone, which I am placing as the cornerstone in Zion; and whoever believes in him will never be disappointed.” 1 Peter 2:4-8 GNT
Scripture: Let GOD be True and every man a liar! (Romans 3:4)
Back in the days before colonization, African societies, like most societies around the world, had their mythical creatures and beliefs. We believed that it was wrong to sweep your house at night because you might chase away your spiritual ancestors. Maybe they’ve dropped a blessing, and there you are sweeping it away! When you walked and suddenly heard someone call out your name but you can’t figure out who called you. When you look around, and you can’t see who called you! Then you were not supposed to answer back with a “yes.” Do not reply to the unseen caller because it may be a genie or some spirit calling you. Instead, you were to answer back by saying, “Is it me?”
But these beliefs have been overshadowed by modernity. Willingly or unwillingly, we have embraced the West. Stories of leprechauns, elves, vampires and sorcerors no longer scare most people. If a real vampire walked down the streets, people would likely take out their phones for a selfie. We no longer burn witches but follow those who claim to be on Facebook.
So is it not convenient that today’s mythical creature is aliens?
When I watch the UFO stories, I can’t help but get a little curious. I have so many questions that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to ask the experts directly.
Question 1:Why do these alien creatures only appear in the developed world? We may be developing, but we still have wi-fi, smartphones, high-resolution cameras, the media, and CCTVs. Why are you the only ones seeing them often?
Do you mean aliens haven’t been to Mumbai?
Question 2: When you trace them across history, why do they only appear in societies that are perceived or appear to be more civilized than the others? Why did they appear to the “superpowers” of the old world and not the rest?
UFO experts claim that there is evidence in Egypt, Mesopotamia (Middle East), Japan (although there is little proof until recently) and Ancient Mayan cultures. According to the researchers, these UFOs may have contributed to the creation of pyramids, the Ziggurats, and every other fancy thing that the modern world can’t understand how they were made.
Question 3: Like other societies, African societies have cave paintings. Based on what we know now, how comes none of our fathers saw these strange beings? I mean, we also observed the stars.
Isn’t it all too convenient that they only appear among the “civilized”? And I put the word civilized in quotes because human societies tend to associate civilization with buildings and technology but not with humanity.
The issue is that the industrialized world has no space for leprechaun, unicorns, and fairies. Modern societies no longer fear demons and are less likely to see sorcerors as threats. Therefore, I feel that it’s all too convenient that the rhetoric shifted from mythical creatures to highly intelligent creatures.
But the devil is cunning. The scriptures call him the deceiver of nations (Revelations 20:8). He was there in the beginning, and with his cunning words, he deceived the first man and woman. The Egypt of Pharaoh used to give offerings to appease the gods of the underworld. They had at least 2000 deities!
Moreover, in the Old World, human sacrifices were rampant. We are talking about heart extractions and massive, bloody human sacrifices. All these sacrifices were made to ensure that their worlds would continue to exist. The sacrifices fed “the gods from the sky.”
If these highly intelligent aliens were there back then, then why didn’t they stop the human sacrifices? It seems to me that they entertained, enjoyed and tolerated them.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that’s what religion calls demons! They delight in human sacrifices, abhor God and want to be worshipped.
The modern world worships intelligence! We roll our eyes when we hear of sorcerers, and these are stuff we say to scare our children. But we lose ourselves to technology and bow to Science.
Then is it not convenient that we have aliens? Is a highly intelligent being from outer space that is more advanced than us but has been secretly watching us for centuries?
Who buys this?
Then there’s the “mother-government” who cares about them (the developed) so much that they’ve been hiding the truth for us for centuries to avoid mass panic?
And now, the governments are releasing all this evidence that proves that we are not alone out there.
But we were never alone!
And above all else there’s GOD!
Someone told me something, and it made sense to me. He said that the biggest mistake human beings made is that they assume that they are the only ones who evolved and left the sorcerors in the forest. The truth is that the occult and all those black stuff adapted to the change too!
An African proverb says, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. All this noise about strange beings proves that something is going on, and the leading governments appear to be in it.
But they have always been in it! Look at the Scriptures. The pharaoh was surrounded by powerful sorcerers (Exodus 7:11). Nebuchadnezzar, the first King of the world, surrounded himself with astrologers, magicians, enchanters, and diviners (Daniel 4:7). Of course! The Corporate man! Surrounds himself with intelligent beings like aliens!
All these ancient practices and spiritual beings adapted to the modern man. And what you see in space may not necessarily be from another planet. It’s just another cunning way to deceive the world.
Why Do I Say This?
I think the aliens or alien rhetoric is another deception from the devil. Why? Because the rhetoric that aliens are more intelligent communicates that we should bow to them and listen to them because they are not primitive beings.
This language of primitive versus intelligent is what led to the colonization of other races and justified slavery.
Call me an overthinker! But if there’s already the rumour that there may be an intelligent being that does not appear to be in any form of religion, then doesn’t this language sound like devil talk?
I know that religion has led to wars. But we have a habit of shifting blame to things that can’t defend themselves. What I mean is that religion is not the stone building, but it’s the people. Even if there were no religion, people would still divide based on other things, e.g. race, money (class system), education.
This flaw in us is the reason that Christ came, and it is the reason that God chose the Jews to reach out to the other nations. GOD is the force behind our advancement as human societies. There was NO ALIEN involved.
If they were, we would know because people talk, and it would have been a common talk.
Yet this talk is confined to those who are “civilized.”
We are not a “Perfect” creation. Human beings make mistakes and can be poor judges of things. Yet! It was for this imperfect race that Jesus came from heaven to die for. The Bible states that he was a perfect sacrifice for this age! (1 Timothy 2:5).
God knew that we would find ourselves in these times.
So if you are a fan of the conspiracies and the strange things in this world, I leave you with this golden scripture:
Don’t worry too much about these things, for we are more than conquerors through Christ, who strengthens us (Romans 8:37).
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:35-37 NLT)
God made human beings intelligent! We didn’t come from monkeys, and no race mated with aliens to produce a more intelligent race! Yet this is the rhetoric that comes from the civilized West.
It is convenient, you know! At one point, we were all monkeys! Then some of the monkeys mated with aliens! And that’s why some monkeys are more intelligent than others! And intelligent monkeys don’t believe in God.
We can believe what we want to believe. But Jews are still Jews! And for as long as there are Abrahamic faiths and a race that can trace its origins to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, then there is truth to the largest religion in the world.
If you don’t hold on to truth, you make yourself a victim to deceitful spirits.
The UFO community cited the sons of Anak as a race that may have come from the alien origin. But this may be wrong because, as humans, we are disconnected from history. We don’t have a comprehensive understanding of our past.
We don’t know who the sons of Anak were! But they are in the Bible, and we call them the descendants of giants. Glory be to David’s God because David defeated the Giant Goliath (1 Samuel 17:41-52). Glory be to the God of Israel because Israel defeated the descendants of Anak (Joshua 13-21).
GOD has been involved from the beginning. Let’s be careful that we do not forget that. I love being a human being. We may not be perfect, but I don’t like AIs (artificial intelligence). The people who support robots claim that robots are better because they don’t have emotions. As such, robots use reason to judge, and the reason is above emotions, right?
Everything that comes out of them is wrong. Emotions are equally important because they make us human. Yes! Someone may have made mistakes when they were young, and maybe they did the crime. But people change, and emotions are what lead us to forgive and give others a second chance.
We get things wrong as humans, but that doesn’t mean we are an inferior race.
When I study scriptures, I see a GOD who communicates this. Our flaws are the reason why Christ came. We have a GOD willing to work with us in the issues we fail in as a society.
FOR GOD DID LOVE THE WORLD SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON FOR THIS WORLD.
Therefore, before we bow to the new normal of aliens, and anti-God rhetoric, let’s hold on to Christ and believe that the same God who gave David the strength to bring down a giant, is still ENTHRONED! No matter what mythical or real threats we face.
Scripture:But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! [1 Kings 8:27]
Scripture:The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him [Nahum 1:7]
Who is God? This question has caused the most heated debates between Christians and atheists. Every documentary and video clip that I have watched about this topic has me convinced that God exists. I try to approach the topic from a neutral stance. I take the position that I am not a Christian. Yet, every time I listen to the debate from both sides, I find myself rededicating my life to God through Christ.
They say, The devil is in the details. But all the Scientific discoveries and space explorations have made me come up with a new phrase, The God is in the details.
I look at descriptions about the planets, the sun, and other heavenly bodies. I listen to films on how the human body works or how a child develops in the womb. I can’t help but detect arrogance when the scientist gather data on how a baby forms in the womb. After that they say, “It is so perfect, that it is hard not to attribute divinity to it.”
Open the doors of the Church! I have to Praise the Divine One.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters Genesis 1:1-2
The Big Bang is technically the Bible Genesis. The only difference is that Genesis begins by saying that the Spirit of God was there (Genesis 1). On the other hand, Science says that it was silent, then suddenly, an explosion occurred. But science can’t explain the unseen intelligence that commanded the Big Bang. That unseen intelligence they keep talking about is what religion calls-GOD.
Why It is Difficult
It is difficult for us to wrap our heads around God’s existence because that endeavor is similar to an ant trying to figure out a human being. Now, according to Scripture, human beings appear like grasshoppers to GOD (Isaiah 40:22). But for this blog, I’ll use the ant to present an explanation. The Black Garden ant lives to about 15 years. Let’s assume for a moment that ants could understand like human beings. If that was the case, then i think ants wouldn’t frame time like us. Maybe they would divide the 24 hours into three ant-days. Since their lives are short, their world would run on a different clock than a human being.
A thousand years is a day to God (Psalms 90:4).
The skyscrapers that we’ve built, technology, medicine, and space discoveries should not birth arrogance within us. Anti-God rhetoric is a sign of arrogance. For it proves that we have begun seeing ourselves as gods because we have finally conquered the earth. And we feel that we are on our way towards conquering the stars.
If heaven is His dwelling place, and earth is a footstool (Acts 7:49), how great is God?
If the nations appear like a drop from the bucket (Isaiah 40:15), then exactly who are we dealing with?
If God threw his sandals at a nation that displeased him and called another nation his washbasin (Psalms 60:8), then precisely how BIG is God?
God is too complicated for us. The process towards understanding Him can only be compared to an ant trying to understand a human being.
The ant would first have to understand their environment. What is the grass? What is the source of the light we see? Why do we have different kinds of ants? Why do some animals eat us? And by the time the ant has understood its world, they will have to journey into the human world.
It would take time for the ant to understand what it has seen with its eyes. How will he explain the human language? The human house’s size, the gadgets found in the human house, the clothes the human wears.
But the ant only lives for 15 years. Are these years enough for it to wrap its head around human life?
God created human time. How can we understand a Force that holds our breath and sets our time to live?
Study Scriptures Don’t Just Gloss Over Them
Two important things that the secular world sought to attack. (1). The existence of God. (2). The validity of the scriptures, the very words that prove God.
When you have over 150 million copies of the bible being sold annually, I guess the best way to spread unbelief is to eradicate the scriptures. One can choose not to go to church. One can choose to ignore the Tv teachings from all these many Christian teachers.
But there is something about the scriptures. That book is the most influential in the world. The bible itself says that the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). When a human being swallows their pride and seeks to uncover the truth about God through studying, they find themselves connecting spiritually with God’s spirit.
The Bible is Christ in book form. The book of John 1 says that the Word became flesh (John 1:14). So when we read it, we are technically saying to GOD, “I want a firsthand account of Jesus all by myself. When I listen to the world, even the churches, I can’t quite tell who is telling me the truth and who is lying. But God, you know my life, and you know me. So I choose to seek you secretly by studying your Word. Reveal yourself to me through these words, in Jesus name-Amen.”
No Space Ship Can Find GOD
Space is God’s backyard. He stretches out the ‘heavens’ like a tent to live in (Isaiah 40:22). The clouds in the sky are the dust from His feet (Nahum 1:3). Heaven, mid-heaven, and the highest heaven cannot contain him (1 Kings 8:27). When He breathes, there’s winter (Job 37:10). He commands lightning (Jeremiah 10:13). And death flees from Him like a slave.
God’s thoughts are as numerous as the sand on the seashore (Psalms 139:18).
How precious to me are your thoughts, a God! How vast is the sum of them! If I was to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.
He is the one who has lived forever (Revelation 4:2).
The ancient of days (Daniel 7:9).
Through him, all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made (John 1:3).
To GOD, the sun is like a lightbulb. He can adjust the light or replace it the same way a human being replaces a bulb.
We have barely reached the edge of his thumbnail by our space explorations. We are too far from his habitation. When we reach the edge of the Milky way, to Him, it’s like an ant that takes a few steps from one end of the door to the other end. You haven’t the slightest clue of the vastness of heaven’s gates. That calculation is beyond the capacity of the human mind.
He is the Father of All Creation. And because we can’t help but get migraines each time we even begin to try and figure Him out, Jesus made it simple for us. Jesus said, just call Him Father. Call Him, Abba Father (Your Father).
There’s AShort Route
The flesh comes before the Spirit world. We are first born into this world. But while we are in this world, we are called to get to know God. Just like an infant, most people are children when it comes to matters of God. We don’t know who has been watching us when we were crawling. We don’t know who held our hands as we learned to walk. Yet, as we mature in the faith, we begin to form simple words. A child says, “Da-dada-daddy–and when they are Mature enough, they say, Dad! Father!
Christianity is a journey toward spiritual maturity. We begin with Spiritual milk before we get to the hard foods (1 Corinthians 3:2).
Yet this is not a journey that we take arrogantly. We take this journey with humility. The fuel to this spiritual rocketship is not our knowledge or hard work, but God’s grace. We don’t get to God’s house on our own. We get there by forming a relationship with Christ through His Spirit.
God willed it so that the only way we get to Him, the only way we understand Him, and the only way we form a relationship with him is by becoming aware of our own limitations as human beings. We have to despise the first sin of the first man and woman. This is the sin to become like God (Genesis 3:22).
We are His children. When we seek Him, we need to understand that we are seeking Our Father.
I know it may sound like cliche to some, but Christ is the only way to reaching God. How? The answer to this question calls for an explanation of the entire scriptures. Looking at what the world has become, I think it’s time we re-took the course about God.
Not for gold did I seek you O LORD,
I didn't do it for the cheap desire to boast,
But for a relationship with you, Maker of the Universe,
This one thing have I asked: That I may dwell in your house forever,
To gaze upon the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire of His temple,
You dwell in unapproachable light,
Oh, great desire!
Burns in me like fire!
What is the way to you?
I am not ignorant of your word,
It tells me that in your presence there is fullness of joy,
At your right hand, pleasures evermore.
I seek you, Eternal One,
That I may delight in eternal life with you.
Scripture: Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Mark 8:27 (NIV)
Even in his life, Jesus was a controversial figure. Some refused to see him as the Messiah. Instead, they chose to see him as the son of Mary and Joseph the Carpenter. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? (Matthew 13:55) .
There was a village that chased him away because he made a wealthy man lose his many pigs (Luke 8:26-39). Other villages refused to welcome him. But through all these, Jesus did not complain. Even when the Jews demanded a murderer to be released and they falsely accused him, Jesus accepted his fate.
Scripture: Like a sheep about to be slaughtered, he never said a word (Isaiah 53:7).
There was a time when the disciples were angry because the people of a particular village refused to welcome Jesus. They asked Jesus, “Should we command fire from heaven to burn this village?” (Luke 9:54). Instead, Jesus rebuked the disciples and moved on to the next town.
Why? Why didn’t Jesus rebuke those who rejected Him?
The Bible answers this question for us. It says God gives people to Jesus. Some are called to Christ, and some are not (John 10:27).
Yet it is God’s will that ALL people should come to know Him through Christ. God is not pleased when sinners perish; He would rather see them repent and live (Ezekiel 33:11).
What GOD Has Done
Luke 14:15-24 summarizes what GOD has done through Jesus. This chapter is known as the parable of the Great Banquet. The word parable is derived from the Greek word “parabola.” The Greek “parabola” stems from two words, “para,” which means “beside” and the verb “ballein,” meaning “to throw.” In Greek texts, parabola loosely translates as “to compare.” or “to throw beside.” Similar to the word “Mashal” in the Hebrew Bible, the word “parable” signified that the writer was about to use “figurative language.”
Luke 14:15-24 uses figurative language to inform us what God has done through the coming of His son Jesus Christ into the world. In this parable, a man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But the selected guests began making excuses. One guest said, “I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.” The second guest said, “I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.” The third guest said, “I just got married, so I can’t come.”
The owner of the banquet got so furious that he ordered his servant to go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring the cripple, the poor, the blind, and the lame. The servant did this and returned to the Master and said, “what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.” To this, the Master told the servant, “Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.”
God allowed Christianity to spread throughout the world so that more people will enter His Kingdom. There are so many scriptures about the Kingdom of GOD. But what is clear is that it is a GREAT kingdom. I mean, if the Earth is a footstool to the creator (Isaiah 66:1), then we cannot imagine Heaven. Karl Marx characterized religion as an “opium for the poor.” Well, doesn’t the Master tell the servant to go for the poor? Besides, Karl Marx was doing financially well for himself. He was wise in his own eyes (Proverbs 3:7). And to such people, Jesus said, “Those who are well do not need a doctor” (Mark 2:7). Maybe, Karl Marx did not feel that he needed God.
You may have everything you need in this life but still be poor in spirit. You are not satisfied with your success, and you are exhausted from working so hard and trying to keep things together. To such people, GOD’s servant tells you, “Don’t put your trust in something as fleeting/temporary as riches. Instead, place your trust in God.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant or to put their hope in wealth, which is uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17).
Also, to those who are physically poor, the Bible gives them Good News. The Bible reminds them to remember the Steadfast Love of God and trust that He can help them overcome.
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy (James 5:11).
All these could not have happened without the death and resurrection of Christ. Jesus himself said, “When you lift the Son of Man, then men from All nations will come.”
And I, when I am lifted up from the Earth, I will draw all people to myself. (John 12:32).
Theories Won’t Lead To the Truth
What are theories? The last time I bore the torment of sitting in a classroom, they told me that the term “theories” refers to a “system of ideas that seek to explain something.” So what we do in today’s world is that one person comes up with an idea. Let’s say, for example, the scientific idea that the sky is not blue. One scientist does their experiments and concludes that “it is not blue.” Then, another scientist conducts their experiment and concludes, “it is not blue” Then, when hundreds of research studies have been conducted, that is when we start saying, “it’s kind of true that the sky is not blue.”
“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? (Matthew 17:7).
Is it not common sense that there is an intelligence behind the intelligently designed universe?
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day, they pour forth speech; night after night, they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world (Psalms 19:1-4).
For it was GOD who commanded the world into existence. And by His Holy Spirit He made the Heavens beautiful (Job 26:13). And it was God’s will that His Son Jesus Christ should come and serve humanity. That through his teachings, his life, and his sacrifice, all the races and indeed all creation, will be unified unto God.
For Christ came to break the dividing wall of hostility between Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:14). He broke the caste systems, the inequalities, the rules and laws that separated us from GOD. The symbol for this was the tearing of the veil in the Jewish temple. This veil meant that no human being was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies. But thanks to Christ, we can boldly go to God. And GOD will help us to become better people. A better society.
That is why it was and still is the GOOD NEWS.
Jesus is Not a Theoretical Research
In his book, Kelvin Kapic, “A Little Book of New Theologians,” stated that we cannot put God on a microscope. He is too big for that. Psalms 139 says that before he forms a person, he thought about it (Psalms 139:15-16).
I love what Bible archeologists, researchers, experts, have accomplished. I always watch Bible discoveries with my mouth agape.
But for how long? How long are we going to wait for Science and researchers to provide groundbreaking evidence that Jesus did come and that he was spotted after his death?
The bible warns us about popular opinion. During the time of Noah, most people said, “Can water come from the sky?” 40 days later the flood came. The people saw a strange hand lock the door of the Ark shut. It was done! Judgment had come!
How long? What more proof do we need? God opposes the proud but gives favor to the humble (James 4:6). The bible says that knowledge does lead to pride. We are a literate society. But we should be careful that our pride does not make us an unbelieving generation.
For God has already demonstrated his love, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
There was another unbelieving generation. King Belshazzar and his friends took the gold and silver goblets dedicated to God and decided to use them for his banquet. I mean, God doesn’t exist, right? We may as well misuse the objects dedicated to him.
But while he was enjoying himself with his friends, he saw a strange hand write on the wall. “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN” (Daniel 5:25). The time for God to divide the Kingdom had come.
Like Belshazzar, the anti-God culture removes the fear of God and the purpose for moral ethics. It creates an attitude that all behavior is acceptable. That we are free to do anything. If that is the case, then even our leaders are free to use chemical gas against their people. What is free? What does freedom mean? The anti-God camp turns us to enemies of God.
When Prophet Elijah called people to God. He said it simply, “If the idol Baal is God, follow Him. If Jehovah is God, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21). This action is the shortest route to the truth. Another scripture says, “Taste and see that the LORD is Good; blessed are those who have no doubts about him” (Psalms 34:8).
I was 15 years old when I went to God with my doubts. Everyone around me would tell me to trust in God. But the wind made more sense to me. I could see the wind, but I could not wrap my head around the existence of God. One day I secretly bowed my head and prayed to the unseen GOD. I told GOD. “I can’t see you. I don’t understand. I can see the wind. But I can’t see you. Please, open my eyes to see you. Deliver my soul.”
Here I am. I am furiously writing a blog about Him.
Our bodies die. Everything we worked for, we leave it on earth. God is jealous for the soul. He wants the soul that He created in us, to dwell with Him in His Kingdom forever. And the King in that Kingdom is Jesus Christ.
That, in summary, is Christianity.
And we don’t have time! You have a personal obligation to yourself, take the bible, study it, and allow God’s Spirit of Truth to lead you into all truths (John 16:13).
Christianity was taught to sensible people. Judge for yourselves! (1 Corinthians 1:15-22).
Jesus is a spiritual experience. We can’t wait for archaeologists to uncover his house in Israel or his actual burial tomb. We don’t have time for this.
But we can pray about it. God is faithful. When we pray, he will send His Spirit to help us understand religion, Christianity, and our purpose.
With God’s help, we will understand much.
When Augustine was troubled, he heard a child play outside saying, “Take it! Read it! Take it! Read it!”
Immediately, he understood that God was telling him to take the bible and read it.
Suppose you are already a Christian. Then make it your aim to study about God so that you can become a fully equipped disciple. You have the responsibility of bringing more and more people into God’s Kingdom.
Scripture for Today: The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. [Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV Version] [Jesus also quoted this scripture in Luke 4:14-30]
We live in a world that’s crazy for “perfect beauty.” It’s all around us, the makeup, and the “perfect celebrities.” It’s no wonder that most ladies (like 90% of us) at one point in our lives had an issue with our image. Our hair was not good enough, and there’s something wrong with our nose, our teeth are not perfect enough. It’s like we suffer from an internalized self-loathe that ignites an endless desire for products that will make us look like them (the celebrities).
Its eugenics all over again, but in a more shrewd way. History talks about humans’ desire for a perfect race. In 1933, Hitler’s administration enacted a law that would allow forced sterilization on people with hereditary diseases. The term eugenics was coined by a British known as Francis Galton. It refers to practices aimed at increasing the genetic quality of human beings. Such practices seek to discourage reproduction by persons who either have genetic defects or undesirable traits.
What does eugenics have to do with makeup? Well, in my opinion, they both reflect our innate desire to appear perfect. The perfect human being has the right shade of skin, the right set of teeth, and the right eye brightness with no under eye wrinkles. Just perfect and ageless.
The media also supports eugenics. By selecting the “best breed” for advertisements, tv shows, e.t.c. They also communicate that a “handsome man” or a “beautiful woman” has to have a certain appearance. It never ends! And it cannot end! To the human eyes, image is everything. But to God, character is everything.
God And Beauty
God is the author of beauty and the creator of all human races. There’s a scripture that says, “from whom all families in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Ephesians 3:15). God made the Blackest human being on Earth. He made the Whitest human being as well, and every other shade in between. He made the Earth and everything in it (Psalms 24:1). And at no point does a clay pot ask the potter why He made it that way (Isaiah 45:9). So the first step to true beauty is realizing that if GOD allowed that person to be born, then there is beauty in that person. They are already beautiful to God.
Isaiah 45:9: Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker— one clay pot among many. Does the clay ask the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’? Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to his mother, ‘What have you brought forth?” (from the Berean Study Bible).
GOD knew us before He formed us; before He formed us, He thought of us (Psalms 139:13-16).
The first step to true beauty is understanding that God created all races, all varieties of the human breed, including those we claim to be “undesirable.” And no one has a right to despise another.
If Hitler’s law persisted, it means a person like Hellen Keller would not have been born. Although she was deaf and blind, she went ahead and accomplished more than most human beings with “desirable traits” achieve.
What human being under the sun has the right to say, who lives, and who deserves to die? Who says, what is beautiful, and what is ugly?
To God, it is never about the external appearance. True beauty is a matter of the heart.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The Sarah Kind of Beauty
In Genesis 20, Abraham and his wife entered a foreign land that was called Gerar. The King of that territory saw Sarah and wanted to take her to be his wife. So when he asked Abraham who Sarah was, Abraham lied that she was his sister. He was afraid that the King would kill him and Sarah.
I have quoted this scripture because it reveals God’s power over beauty. You see, God called Abraham when he was 75 years old. The age difference between Abraham and his wife was about 10 years. Therefore, when the King looked at Sarah and saw that she was beautiful, she was probably sixty-something?
Yet, this is God! You see, the scriptures have taught me that physical beauty is the outcome of spiritual beauty. When the Spirit is God-fearing, when the Spirit is one that trusts in God and seeks to obey Him, even physical appearance changes.
Did I mention that Sarah lived to be 127 years old?
What is our lifespan today, with all our medical advancements and technology? The lifespan of a woman today is about 81.1 years. Yet God made Sarah a mother at 90 years.
You need God in your plans for a healthy, holistic, and true beauty!
And you need GOD because God is sovereign over all genetics, over all knowledge and wisdom! He made you! Therefore, He is the best candidate for helping us become the true beauty that He designs us to be.
Yes! This true beauty includes those with disabilities.
Moses, in the Bible, was a stammerer. Yet, God used Moses to save the Israelites from 430 years of slavery/oppression in Egypt.
There was a time when the Israelites were starving! The economy was high, and most people could not afford food. But GOD used lepers to change the economy.
Therefore, true beauty accepts that even those with hereditary conditions or physical disabilities have the energy to transform the world. They have beauty and purpose. True beauty has a purpose, and in Christianity, the purpose is to glorify God.
Why Use Make up?
They say that the purpose of makeup is to enhance appearance. I wonder how many people use it to enhance appearance versus those who use it to mask something they don’t like. There is a difference, I believe, in the two because it brings the second question, “who told you it was unappealing?”
I believe that true beauty is also about embracing our natural state. You are embracing how you were created. This means that you are comfortable with or without makeup.
True beauty also starts with spiritual beauty. This means asking God to fill us with His spirit so that we can develop the characters of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, humility, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
And let’s not kid ourselves. As much as we love the anti-heroes in most films, we live in a world that needs a superman. We crave for leaders who will guide our countries out of the darkness. We need spiritual beauty in the world more than the physical.
I am tired of hate. True beauty calls for a love for God and our neighbors (Matthew 22:36-40).
We need people who don’t have an escapist mindset. People who don’t feel the need to forget the realities of life by drowning in drugs, or fantasy worlds, or any other forms of escapism; instead, we need women like Esther. She prayed and fasted, seeking God’s favor. After that, she wisely changed a law that could have led to the death of her people.
True beauty is wisdom. We need to become people who are full of wisdom. There’s a reason why wisdom is always depicted as a woman in the Bible. I believe it is because wisdom is beautiful to God and people.
We need spiritual beauty. And, spiritual beauty is from people who love good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). Yes, even those who are kind to animals are in the scripture (Proverbs 12:10). For our, God delights in compassion.
But we also need discernment (the ability to judge well), for we live in a corrupt world, where most of us can no longer tell what’s right from wrong.
And this is why the secret to true beauty is being full of the Holy Spirit.
Every time Moses met with God on the mountain, he would come back with a radiant face. He would put on a veil to hide this radiance.
Natural beauty is hard to obtain. But natural beauty comes by changing the spirit. When we become true Christians, then God works with us towards making us a radiant people.
For true beauty goes hand in hand with good deeds and a Godly character. Any leader, scientist, or expert who says or claims otherwise, is a liar. Ageless beauty as well can only be derived from the ageless GOD. For our GOD is Ancient! And His glory is from eternity to eternity.
Scripture 1: For rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man one might possibly dare to die. But GOD shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:7-8).
Scripture 2: Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me my feet had almost stumbled, my faith was almost gone. For I was jealous of the arrogant; when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. When my thoughts were bitter, and my feelings were hurt, I was as stupid as an animal. I did not understand you. Yet I always stay close to you, and you hold me by the hand. You guide me with your instruction, and in the end, you will receive me in honor (Psalms 73:1-3; 21-28).
There is nothing like two heartbreaks to make you reconsider an entire life of bachelorhood. The first guy was a mistake. I told myself it was because I was not a Christian in my early twenties. As such, I was young and completely confused by all those love songs. I wondered why I ever listened to love songs sung by artists on their third marriage.
But the second relationship happened in A.B (After Baptism). I had already given my life to Christ. I was determined to walk by his ways. I was zealous for the Church, and I was motivated to share his word. This second guy was from the Church. And yes, I know that there are millions of Sunday Christians. But this guy was different (that’s what my brain said). This guy was an answered prayer. But in the end, he was worse than the unbeliever.
I blamed God.
I blamed God for many things that were wrong in my life as a youth (e.g., joblessness, lack of opportunities, a loveless life, two MAJOR heartbreaks, the past, lack of support, friends who abandoned me, e.t.c).
It reached a point that the voices in my head became powerful. You see, I moved beyond the blame God season to the forsake God season. Fortunately, I had the word in my heart as I had spent most of my jobless era studying. The Bible says that the word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). So I said in my heart before I forsake God, let me mourn in God and ask Him to strengthen my heart.
I blamed God no more, for I found peace in Him.
Why Do People Blame God?
I believe we blame God because it is easier to blame God. When we consider His nature, e.g., omniscient, which means all-knowing, omnipotent, which means All-Powerful, and Omnipresent, He is widespread/Everywhere. We can conclude that we are justified in blaming God.
But are we justified in blaming God?
The answer to this question by the end of the day lies with you. You can choose to do the math and decide whether to blame God. You can choose to shame that urge to blame God by praising God. Or, you can prefer to be silent about the whole thing and continue with your life.
To me, the three options have been continuously set before me. There were situations where it was easy to get up and praise God. At the same time, there were situations I felt it would be wise to pretend. Pretend that everything is okay, but secretly in your heart, you blamed God. Some say we blame God because we don’t want to accept responsibility.
This is true. Some sufferings occur as a result of our mistakes.
In Homer’s Odyssey, the writer states:
“Men are so quick to blame the gods; they say that we devise their misery. But they themselves in their depravity-design grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.”
Should we or should we not blame God?
What are we blaming God for?
Did the People In the Bible Blame GOD?
There are people in the Bible who were stricken by calamity. One of them was Job. The Bible is clear that Job was a man who was careful to do everything right in God’s eyes. Job had seven sons and three daughters (Job 1:2). He was also the richest man in the Middle East. Yet, overnight! The richest man became the poorest man in the Middle East. Job also went from being a dad to ten kids to having no kids at all.
But the Bible says this: In all this, Job did not sin or charge God with wrong (Job 1:22).
Sometimes I wonder if it’s all the fairytales and happy cartoons that we watched growing up. I wonder if all those shows convinced our psychology that life is that simple. We obey! We do, right! And it all goes well.
But this is not the case.
After Job lost all his wealth and his children, he woke up one day to find his body covered with a dreaded skin condition (Job 2:7). Things went from bad to worse for Job to the point that his wife advised him to curse God and die (Job 2:9).
But Job answered his wife by saying, “Shall we bless God only when He does good for us, and curse Him when He does wrong? “(Job 2:10).
Hmmmmm! So God does wrong? Do bad things happen to good people?
Job’s friends came to Job to console him. For most of the book, the friends talk in much wisdom as they try to explain to Job why he was going through a hard time.
For most of the conversation, Job did not blame God. Instead, he talks of God as His Redeemer (Job 19:25). Job also comforted himself by saying, “He (God) wounds, but He also binds. He strikes, but He also heals” (Job 5:18).
As the book draws to an end, Job cracks! He begins blaming God! In Job 7:20, he says to God, “Why have you made me your target?” In another chapter, he complains that there is no justice, no matter how hard he cries (Job 19:7-12).
At the end of the book of Job, God answers His child. God answers Job by revealing His glory as the Creator (Job 38-41). God also blessed Job’s latter days more than the beginning (Job 42:12).
Other People in the Bible
There was a woman called Naomi. Naomi lost her husband and two sons (Ruth 1:1-5). She had to go back to her homeland because there was famine in the town where she lived with her family. When Naomi’s community came to receive her, she told them, “Don’t call me Naomi, call me mara-for the LORD Almighty has dealt bitterly with me. I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? (Ruth 1:20).
In the end, God gave Naomi a family through her daughter-in-law Ruth.
Then there is Samson. Samson got betrayed by the woman he loved (Delilah). He was arrested and placed on a stand as his enemies rejoiced over his downfall. Samson also had his eyes gouged out (Judges 16:21). But before he died, Samson prayed to God asking Him for help. In the end, Samson got a greater victory in his death than he ever got in his life.
And the list goes on, and on, and on.
So Is it Okay or Not To Blame God?
The issue is not whether it is okay or not to blame God. To me, what I have learnt is that it is not wise to blame God.
I choose to blame Christian Marketing! The most popular doctrine of the day teaches this “ever-joyful, ever-happy, ever-complete, ever successful, continuously prosperous Christian.” There is so much emphasis on the love of God and all this goodie stuff about Him. Basically, Christian marketing takes one side of God (the Father side) and fails to teach on the other side of God.
There is a trick to this teaching, and the trick is that it makes us feel SPECIAL! We feel special because we are Christians and God would never let bad things happen to us.
But the reality is that, whether you are a christian or not, we are not immune to the realities of life (e.g. Tragedy, broken homes, job loss, heart break, lost wealth).
So for what reason have we believed?
We believe because of the Resurrection!
All the people in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, one thing that stands out clear is that those who wait on God always end up with a victory. So rather than blame God, it is wiser to remain in God for there is hope in God through Jesus Christ Our Resurrection.
Paul said that there is no temptation that befalls us, that is not common to human beings ( 1 Corinthians 10:13).
But what is the hope of Christianity! The hope is that the same hand that harms us, is the same hand that will heal us (Job 5:18). And God is a Powerful healer. He heals so well, that you forget your trouble (Genesis 41:51).
Each and every one of us goes through challenges, calamities, and corruption. We all have our stories, and every time we find ourselves faced with this question. “Should I blame God?” But as for me, every failure, corruption, challenge, and calamity has taught me to “wait on God” (Isaiah 30:18).
I see the wisdom of meditating on the goodness He has shown me in my life, and strengthening myself in Him (1 Samuel 30:6). I see the godliness of worshiping Him while in chains (Acts 16:25-34). I see the purpose of clinging onto His love in this fallen world (Psalms 91:14). The bible calls it holding on to hope (Isaiah 40:31). And trusting in His love for us (Psalms 56:3-4).
For our hope in God will not be cut-off (Proverbs 23:19). Whether in this life, or the next (Hebrews 11).
If we put the Christian marketing aside, the reality is that faith is hard. But that is why there is a great reward in heaven, for those who hold on to their faith in Christ.
By the end of the day, the reality is that even Jesus suffered. He was homeless (Luke 9:58), and he died at 33 years. To make it worse! He knew that it was God’s will that He should suffer. Yet, unlike us, Christ understood COMPLETELY the purpose behind the suffering.
As Augustine said, “God had one child without sin, but never a child without suffering.”
The reality is, things don’t always go our way. But faith in Christ is a powerful weapon!
And we have a duty to cultivate this faith. Instead of blaming Him, we choose to say like Job.
“Naked I came to this world! And naked will I leave it.” (Job 1:21).
But this is what Paul says to Timothy. Paul says, “There is great gain in godliness with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of this world (2 Timothy 6:6).
Take up your cross! Walk with Christ Daily! There is no reason to blame Him. Rather, let’s walk with Him trusting in His love.
Besides, there is a reason why the Jews call Him-Jehovah Gmolah (meaning: The LORD of Recompense).
Scripture 1: They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death (Revelation 12:11)
Scripture 2: By faith he (Abraham) sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is GOD (Hebrews 11:10).
There is no doubt that the modern world is a world of marvel. Just like John marveled when he saw Babylon (Revelation 17), we too marvel at the world. Most of us have not only marveled but have lusted after the things of the world. We want the American dream, with its fancy car and big screen TV. However, when John marveled at the world that was to come, the angel was startled and asked him, “You marvel?”
Yes, we marvel. And beyond the marvel most of us have worked extremely hard to get a slice of the modern world’s treasures. We even have teachings that encourage us to pursue worldly success, e.g., E-books on How to Pray over your Finances. We have become the kind of Christians who are quick to dismiss teachings about heaven and the things of heaven but are ready to consume content that will help us build great lives on Earth.
We have settled on Earth, and we want God to help us to settle on Earth.
But this should not be the case for Christ came to draw us out of the world. The scriptures that challenge us to live and center our purpose on this higher calling are better kept in museums. We don’t want to read them and we don’t want to meditate on them. Yet as much as we enjoy the thought of living the rest of our lives in abundant prosperity, the truth is that Christ is coming soon.
A Shepherd Spirit
The patriarchs of Israel (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) lived as shepherds. Shepherds enjoyed a nomadic lifestyle where they would move from place to place with their livestock. As such, the term shepherd in Judaic culture is associated with a noble lifestyle. However, to the Egyptians and other cultures shepherds were despised. The scriptures state that when Joseph presented his family to Pharaoh, his family told Pharaoh that they were shepherds just like their fathers before them. On hearing this, the Pharaoh relegated them to live in Goshen (think of it as the ghetto side of town) Genesis 47:3.
The shepherd life in Judaism was more uncomplicated compared to living in the city. First, the shepherds were cut-off from the noisy distractions of the city. Also, they lived a life of solitude. Shepherds did not bother themselves with numerous activities or the hassles and bustles of city life. Instead, their concern was feeding their flock. In the end, this seclusion and solitude made it easy for them to connect with GOD.
Shepherd Spirit & Authentic Christianity
A Shepherd spirit is the key to authentic Christianity. This spirit has no desire to settle in the city (in this case, the world). In every way, this spirit wanders to the temple of GOD spiritually by studying his word, praying, meditating on his word, and seeking out His will.
A shepherd spirit cuts-off from popular culture. How do we do this? Well, one scripture says it best. It says, “Do not conform to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by the complete renewal of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2).” Just because the rest of the world says it’s “cool” doesn’t mean that it’s cool for us. How do Christians stay ahead of the game? We stay ahead of the game by pursuing God’s will. And not by persisting to God to fulfill our will.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15).
For example: If modern churches embraced diversity by encouraging people from other races to join in ministry, then the church would lead the world towards healing racial tensions. If the church funded a movie where the disciples and most of the people in the film were from different races, then the church would send a powerful message that Christ is LORD over all races. Yes! We know that Jesus and the apostles were Jews. We know that salvation comes from the Jews. But behold! Jesus rose to rule over the gentiles (Romans 15:12). And it’s time the church played an active part in communicating God’s love for all races.
Yet this is the issue. The church settled! And a settled life means that we become susceptible to the noisy distractions of life. We want to be rich, and we want big houses. But it’s not our time to sit and sip coffee. This is our time to put on aprons, wear boots, and seek out revivals.
This is our time to put on aprons, wear boots, and seek out revivals.
Abraham sojourned in the land of promise! God promised the meek (humble) shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). But until that day comes, we are to live like shepherds. We are to live like sojourners in this land of promise as we await the heavenly Jerusalem. Once we adopt this shepherd spirit, it will be easier to tend to the flock of God. It will be easier for us to go out to discipleship and do what God has put in our hearts to do for His glory.
A shepherd life is a simple and noble life. This lifestyle means that rather than stuff up on the treasures of the earth, a shepherd focuses on being rich in God (Luke 12:16-21). The bible says it this way, it says, Human beings were created for God’s glory. And God provides for the body.
As Jesus said, “Look at the plants in the field. They are here today and gone tomorrow. Yet Solomon, in all his glory was not clothed as one of these flowers (Matthew 6:29).
A shepherd spirit marvels at the new heaven and earth that is to come. The bible says, “focus your mind on the things in heaven, not on earth” (Colossians 3:2). But this kind of lifestyle is despised by other cultures. Jesus said, “If they despise me, will they not despise you? If they crucify me, yet I am the one who made the world, will they not reject you?” (John 15).
The shepherd spirit is the secret to authentic Christianity. Just like Jesus, the shepherd spirit focuses on the will of God, and trusts in God to reward faith.
A shepherd spirit is a difficult way to live. This spirit is similar to Daniel and his friends in Babylon. Although they were in a nation that was anti-God, they upheld God and the teachings He gave to their fathers.
A Shepherd spirit has an enduring faith. This faith is essential in these last days. The bible says that if your faith is not enduring, you will not endure (Isaiah 7:9). Take time to consider all the challenges we go through in life. It is easy for us to abandon the faith.
Yet! Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit. If you genuinely desire authentic Christianity, then you need the help of the Holy Spirit to teach you how to live your life just like Jesus-the Good Shepherd.
For indeed, all the splendor! temptations! and pleasures in Babylon can only be overcome by the blood of the lamb, by the word of our testimony (the scriptures) and for us choosing not to love this life to death!