Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Led by the Spirit
Joel Binu George
Phoenix Mar Thoma Church
8. O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
One of the hardest things to do in these present times is to step back from reality and receive the blessings of God. There are various moments in life when we decide to take  problems on ourselves, however, in the Bible, God tells us to cast all our burdens and worries upon Him and He will take care of all our problems. We should not have the mentality that we can overcome the difficulties without anyone’s help but by constantly consulting God, the Spirit will lead a person in times of difficulties. 
As Christians, what can we learn from this passage? When we look at the first four verses of Psalms 34, we can see a coherent theme, which reflects throughout the whole chapter: the idea of Worship and the guiding influence of the Spirit. If we wish to spend our after life with Him in eternity, we need to start preparing our lives while living our limited life here on Earth. It can be seen in verse 4, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” We can understand how after all the trouble that the Psalmist has been through, he relied onto the Lord, sought Him and finally got delivered from all the unnecessary fears. The merciful Lord welcomed even the poor man, who no one on this Earth wanted to acknowledge, graciously. All of his troubles vanished, when he called out to the Lord (Verse 6). The Holy Spirit is an awesome wonder as He is our helper, mediator, comforter and counselor. When we find ourselves in any kind of trouble, we often start to believe there is no hope left to resolve our issues. We need to change that thought process. When we constantly thank God and rely on Him for what He has done for us, the Holy Spirit resides in us forever and guides us in the paths of righteousness.

PRAYER

Oh Lord, when we are in moments of distress, guide us, when we are weary, energize us. Give to us all Your mercies and blessings so that we can live a life void of worry. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. ~ Robert Schuller