RELY ON GOD-HE KNOW’S BEST
In a small community, there was a parish where everybody knows who their neighbors are. After a Thanksgiving mass, children one by one give gifts to their Parish Priest. As the children came with their gifts, the priest told them to halt for a while as he will guess what’s inside the box. A child came and the priest said, “That gift are loaves of bread!” When he opened the gift, it was bread and the children were stunned in surprise as the priest has been able to guess what was inside the box. He told the children, “Your Father knows best!” The priest knows that the child is a son of a baker.
Another child came, the priest told the child “inside that box are eggs” because he knows that she was a daughter of a farmer. The children clapped in surprise and the priest said to them “I told you your Father knows best!” then the last child a son of a winemaker came and the priest told him, “Boy I know that your gift is a bottle of wine!” The boy said “No Father”. He handed it over to the priest and the priest holds the box, shake it and touch something is wet underneath. “I told you it is a wine!” The boy nods his head. The priest tastes it and he said: “this is not a wine!” He tastes it again and he said it is neither a brandy nor whiskey also. Then he asked the boy,” what is this little boy?” the boy said, “Father that is a puppy”.
How many times we commit mistakes and wrong decisions in life? Maybe not once.
The reason is that we usually rely on our own understanding.
We always thought we can do it in own, but realize at the end that we fail.
Why? We rely upon and presume we can do it. Maybe because we know we have connections, we know people who can do it for us, we have enough resources and we are equipped with much knowledge to do it.
But the truth is, apart from God we cannot do anything.
Not by might nor by power but by spirit said the Lord.
We have to rely that our God is able to do exceedingly beyond what we can do
In Proverbs, it says, the mind of man plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.
To rely on means:
1. REMEMBER the good things He has done.
We have to always remember what the good things God has done in us.
Count the numbers of blessings we received and you will be relieved from all your worries and fears.
When David presented himself in front of King Saul to fight Goliath, King Saul told him that he is just a boy, so small to face the opponent. But David reply that how God delivered him from the paw of both lion and the bear, God will deliver him from the hand of this Goliath as well.
David remember what God has done to him
When a thought come to me that I need financial blessings, I just remember the times when I was an ice cream vendor. In spite of rainy days, His blessings were abundant even in rainy days.
Whenever I am sick, I just remember the time that I was once afflicted with skin disease and God healed me.
When we start to count our blessings, we will never stop. Have we counted our blessings lately?
Remember always the bigness of God rather than the bigness of our circumstances.
He is bigger than any problems and circumstances we are facing.
2. EXERCISE our FAITH
Faith is a gift that we need to exercise. Picture out that the answer to our prayers is just right there. It is seeing things that cannot be seen by our naked eyes.
Rely that God’s answer is just right here. It’s available and you have received it. In prayer, we have to thanked Him for the answered request.
Six years back, me and my wife pray for a baby boy and these was what we wrote always in our prayer request. Every time we visit the clinic for check-up and ultrasound, the doctors always told us that it was a girl. The image they could see was a girl. To be sure, we even go for a 3-dimensional scan and expect what? The image says that it was a girl.
On the day that Jona delivered, we were amazed because it was a lovely, healthy baby boy and we named him Michael Gabriel.
Logic says that to see is to believe. If our eyes can’t see, our mind tells us that it does not exist. Faith is seeing beyond what our eyes can’t see.
But God’s principle is different. Believe and you will see. Believe and you allow Him to work wonders in our life. Abraham believes and it accounts him for righteousness.
The more we exercise, our muscles expand. The more we practice our faith, the more our trust in Him grows.
Exercise our faith, there’s nothing to lose.
3. LEAN NOT ON OUR UNDERSTANDING
To fully rely on God, we lean not on what we know. We lean not on what we can do or what others can do to us.
It does not mean that we don’t trust ourselves.
Nor we have a low self-esteem and lack self-confidence.
It does not mean that we don’t trust others ability to help us.
Our plan is different from His plan. Things work according to His divine plan and purpose.
Things we might not understand, but He has a greater purpose.
We don’t boast or brag about what we can do.
King Saul thought that his sword and his armor would help David defeat the enemy. Saul thought that Goliath, a veteran warrior since his younger age would be enough to win.
Humble ourselves before God because he knows best.
4. YEARN on His power to do
David used his sling and five smooth stones he took from the brook to defeat Goliath.
Moses used his stick to perform miracles. Joshua and his men use seven trumpets of ram’s horn and their shout to trample the wall of Jericho.
Jesus used mud to heal a blind man. He used the five loaves of bread and fish to feed thousands of people. He turned water into finest jars of wine.
God is able to do in His power to use whatever we have.
He can turn even our difficulties into opportunities. Our suffering into blessings. Our weakness into a strength.
Never focus on our fears as fears defeat us inside. The soldiers were already defeated even they have not yet fully engaged with their enemies because by their fears already crushed them.
But David won the battle because he don’t rely on his power but on the power of His God.
Our God never change. He is the same God who can turn our fears into power.
Rely on what He can do. God is able.
May your happiness be full.
On a good wonderful afternoon, a man was comfortably resting while lying on a swing tied underneath the “duhat tree”.
Lying flat on the swing, his eyes noticed the numbers of small purple colored fruits and a thought comes into his mind, “If God’s wisdom is beyond what man can imagine, why did he made the fruits of this tree so small compared to its sturdy branches which can hold a bigger fruits?
Why is it that the pumpkin has small vine yet has a bigger fruits?”
Not finishing his thought, two small pieces of duhat fruit fell on his face.
With his amazement, he jumped off quickly out of the swing and kneel down. “God you knows best!” he said.
“If that duhat fruits are pumpkins, I don’t know what will happen to my face. I’ll be heading straight for a face transplant.”
What We Don’t Know, God’s know
For so may times, we question God’s work in our lives.
The big question we always asked God is “WHY?”
Why does God allows to happen things in our life. Why now? Why me? Why He? It is our nature that we usually want things to be tailored based on our expectations and expect God to do the same. Expecting God to follow what we planned.
Let us not forget that on every questions we have, God has definite and a more concrete answers.
All things happen for a purpose. Nothing just happens! He works in ways we cannot see for His will is precisely different from ours.
“For I know the plans I have for you”,says the Lord. “the plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plan to give you hope and a future”. I remembered Ninong Albert And Ninang Edith. At their age, they have long years longing and praying for a son. They were given a gift, they named him Adam.
But one day a doubt came into Ninong Albert’s mind, ” What will happen to our son if we are gone? Who will take care of him?”
Then he realized, “If God raised me up for long years even I didn’t even seen my own parents, God will do the same.”
God’s blueprint is usually not revealed in details.
He can see the whole pictures while we can only glimpse on the image being portrayed.
He knows the master plan.
Did Joseph imagine that he will be one of the most powerful man of Egypt before the Pharaoh? Think of the tragedies and hardship he went through after he was sold by his brothers and became a slave, became a prisoner for a crime he did not commit.
But that sufferings and hardship paid off because God has a bigger purpose on what happened to his life.
Being the appointed steward and governor of Egypt , he saved his family and Israel from great famine.
In time, we will not realize, but at the end, all things work for the good of those who love and trust God.
You may know everything. I believe you can possibly do so many extraordinary and great things.
But never forget that we have limitations… trust God.
Believe me, he knows best!
May your happiness be full,