The idea of thinking “outside the box” is nothing new. It was something that preoccupied the wisest man in history….
“Do whatever Jesus tells you to do”. She said this because she knew that God the Father has chosen Jesus to be the door by which we can enter heaven. As we celebrate the lenten season, let us honor God by doing what He wants us to do and not insist on what we want Him to be.
God created us to be cultivators of the earth and keepers of our gardens. If only every Filipinos will take these things to heart, no one will be poor. Instead, we will all become fruitful rulers for the Lord. I wish we can also teach our children to think this way so that together, we can cultivate a better earth.
Today, when Christians pursue major projects, they usually pray for God to bless them and send His angels to guide and protect them. These are normally enough for most people to move forward. Others would also call on the saints to intercede for them.
If we pray for God’s presence instead of just His blessings, as Moses did, what then is our part in this? Is there something we should do to prepare for His presence? From Exodus to Deuteronomy, Moses showed us an example to follow. In these books, it was often said, “And Moses did just as the Lord commanded!”
Let us not use our wisdom to challenge God’s ways, but instead use it to live out the conclusion Solomon made — that we should live our lives fearing the Lord and keeping his commandments.
God asks us to fear Him and obey His commandments because He wants us to POSSESS the land He sets before us and to live there in peace. He also wants us to be His model and ambassador so the world will see that our wisdom is “the Lord” and that only His ways can make people fruitful. Isn’t God amazing?
‘Nationalism’ for me is to love this country because I love the Lord. I will take care of it and love the Filipinos because this is what He wants me to do. I will support the government and its drive for justice because Deuteronomy 6 says it is justice that will bring peace to the land. I really believe you cannot be truly nationalistic if you do not love God and not take care of the things He entrusted to you.
God placed us where we are so that we can possess whatever He has set before us, be it a business, the company we work for, the community we live it, the school we go to, etc. But we cannot really own anything because God owns everything in this world; we can only STEWARD things for Him.
When I made people feel important, they made me feel important in return. When I put their welfare before mine, they started to protect my interest as well.
“We should choose wisdom over wealth, because wealth is the lesser blessing.” Dick Ang responded and said, “Don’t be impressed with your own (man’s) wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” This made me ask, “Is there such a thing as man’s wisdom? Can man really be wise on his own?’”
“Giving” only becomes sacrificial when we give from what we own. But if we bear in mind that everything we have is the Lord’s, then giving becomes just a part of our responsibilities as His stewards.
If you are asking these questions, “What is a good business to get into? Or what is a good crop to grow?” Maybe you will find your answer when you ask the questions, “What do I have today and where am I now?” Because it is always cheaper to start with what you have and God will always reward those who faithfully use what He has entrusted to them.
Proverbs 10:4 says, “Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” What is diligence? In Hebrew it is chawruts, a picture word of a man panning for gold. A diligent person commits himself to the work before him until he succeeds in his task. He will convert his weaknesses into strengths, not because he wants to but because he has to. He will persevere until he finds gold where there seems to be none.