Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


God is faithful to all the generations

Rev. Sonu Varughese
Cross Way MTC, Dallas

While I am pilgrim here

Let your love my spirit cheer
Be my guide, my guard, my friend
Lead me to my journey’s end
 
Psalm 99 falls into three sections, the first two (1-3, 4-5) ending with the refrain, “Holy is He,” and the third (6-9) with, “Holy is the Lord our God.” Throughout the Psalm, the writer continually emphasizes the pervasive nature of God’s faithfulness. God’s faithfulness permeates to all generations.
V.2 “The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.”
V. 6 “Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.
Are we able to understand the faithfulness of God in our life?
Recently I read an article by Psychologist Mihalyi Csiksent Mihalyi on his research where people are asked to set their alarm on a random time when they are alone. People are asked to write what they are thinking, doing or feeling at that specific moment. His conclusion on how people respond to being alone and still is very revealing. “When people are left alone, undistracted by noise or activity, their mind naturally drifts toward an awareness of discontent, a sense of inadequacy, anxiety about the future, and a chronic sense of self- preoccupation. Contrary to what we tend to assume, the normal state of the mind is chaos. When we are left alone, with demands on attention, the basic disorder of the mind reveals itself”. He further adds, to avoid this condition, people are naturally eager to fill their minds with whatever information is readily available, as long as it distracts attention from turning inward and dwelling on negative feelings. This explains why such a huge proportion of time is invested in watching television, despite the fact that it is rarely enjoyed. We do not avoid people or situation as much we avoid ourselves. We are strangers to ourselves.
Trust in God: The Psalmist is saying God is faithful to all the people. His endurance and providence is not for a moment, it is everlasting. Sometimes we may feel as if we are at the lowest point in our life. But we must remember that our faithful God knows our ways. Proverbs 5:21 “For human ways are under the eyes of the Lord, and he examines all their paths”. Even though we go through different circumstances, God’s everlasting presence is with us. Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God…’’ it is a time of knowing ourselves. It is the moment of surrender where we tell God “take me as I am”. Prayer is the time where we become available to God and ourselves. Let us submit ourselves into the hand of God.

PRAYER

Lord, help us to keep our faith in You through every facet of our lives. Amen.



THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

God who transforms our impossibilities.