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April 2012

Joy, Pain, Comfort, Counsel

Having come to the end of this academic year, I just took a few minutes to think about how the entire year had gone.

To me, this whole year has been a period when I went through a lot of tears. The worst part was, I went through it all alone. I cried so much that I sometimes felt my brain would burst out, yet I shared it with no one around, for I did not find anyone to do so.

But then, there was hope! God helped me to turn to Him every time I faced something. And each time He proved Himself so compassionate, understanding and loving, no matter what kind of problem I went to Him with and how many times I went to Him for the same reason.

My God spoke to me every single time, through His Word, right into my situation. There were times I was wonder-struck at the way He spoke the exact thing that I needed and the way He did it every time without fail.

Of course He is God, who knows me inside out, even the deepest secrets in my heart.

When I was totally down, His word alone was my delight. When I thought I’m done and there is no hope for me, He filled me with peace and joy that was so beyond understanding. He not only consoled me, turning my sorrows into joy, but also counselled me each time through His Word and showed me the way out.

There was a time when I felt so pressed by all the work that I had to complete in the college, the exams that were like a terror at that time, the hurts from people around and other small problems adding fuel to these. I really thought I was going to go mad. But His Word sustained me. At that time, God just told me one thing – to rejoice in the glorious riches that He has for me in Heaven, which will never perish and not to worry about these earthly problems which will disappear very soon. (1 Peter 1. 3-6)

His Word turned my focus, from my problems to Him, and filled my heart with the same peace that filled me every time I went to Him.

Today I thank God for everything that I went through, for through it all, He made me understand the power of the Word of God.

This evening, as I was telling one of my friends that I went through a lot of tears this year, she could hardly believe it, for she never felt I was going through any pain. But the truth was, I did go through it. But God, through His Word made me smile in situations when it was not possible a bit and counselled me as to what I had to do. That’s what kept me going.

The psalmist says in Psalm 119.24, “Your statutes are my delight, they are my counsellors.”

How true this verse has been in my life!

Only His Word can bring life when we feel dead, delight when we are depressed and counsel when we are directionless. Praise be to God!

Have you been through such situations? How did God help you out? Share your views and experiences in the comments section below!

With All Your Heart

It was about 6.30 in the morning. I was walking inside my hostel campus, just like I do most mornings, when my phone started ringing. I picked it up and it was my friend, who needed a small help from me. It was a simple thing that I was asked to do and I told her that I would surely do it for her. Well, the conversation ended right there and I continued walking.

As I thought about the help she wanted out of me, I felt a little lazy to do it and wondered if I should have given an excuse. But immediately, God reminded me that I should not be thinking the way I was thinking.

I just stopped and thought for a while. What if I had needed that same help and the other person felt uninterested to do it? How would I feel if I get to know her mind?

I sure knew the answer for my questions. I would definitely be hurt.

Realising my mistake, I asked God to forgive me for thinking that way and I did what she wanted, as soon as I went back to my room, knowing God knows I’m helping her with all my heart, and He would be happy that His child is doing so.

I Peter 4:9 says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

When we are asked for help, by our friends, we mostly agree to do it. But the question is, are we doing it whole heartedly?

When Jesus showed His love by dying on the cross for us, He did it will all His heart, not just on the outside, because His love for us true. Similarly, when we show these small acts of love to others, God wants us to do it without grumbling, that is, wholeheartedly.

Besides giving out what we are asked for, we also should to be willing to help even when they don’t ask for it. All of us know God has told us to do to others what we want them to do.  But it seems to be so difficult in reality.

Nevertheless, embracing the love of Christ and reflecting it in our lives, even in small actions should be our prime aim. For God’s word says that by the love, that we show to others, we will be known as the disciples of God.

So my dear friend, think about it. Are we reflecting the love of Christ in our lives just like how He did? Are we doing our best to show the love of God to the world? Are we doing it with all our hearts?

If not, it’s high time we soak ourselves with the love of God, by meditating on His word and experiencing His love, so that we will be able to give the same love to those around us.

Have a comment, doubt or advice? Feel free to share in the comments section. GBU!

What Next?

It was one of those days, when I felt so down and hopeless thinking about how my future would be. I tried calming myself down, I tried sharing with my friend, but nothing seemed to work. Then I had but one choice – to go to my Creator God in prayer. For I knew, He was the only one who could give me proper guidance and peace. And Behold! True to His faithfulness he opened my eyes, to see how much of hope I have in Him, through the life of Joseph.

Joseph was a young guy who was with his father while his brothers had gone far off to care for their sheep. Suddenly, his dad Jacob asked him to go to his brothers and see whether everything was fine with them. Then Joseph, the youngest of all the brothers then, set out to find his brothers just as his dad had told him to.

He was just fine until he found himself in a place where he did not know which direction to take. He was wandering in the fields not knowing what to do. It was almost like he was lost.

Today, you might be in a similar situation. Wandering in life, without knowing which direction to take. May be you do not know the place you have to be in and the dangers that lie in your way. You may feel you’re never going to make it to a good position in life or that you may miss the destiny that God has for you in this life. You may have very little hope or you’re totally deprived of it. You may be silently crying in your heart without knowing what to do and whom to ask. You may even feel that your life is over and nothing good can happen to you after this.

Well, this was the situation of Joseph. He would have been wandering with so much of confusions in his mind.

But, there was a sudden change in the situation. God sent him help on time. A man found him wandering and asked him about the problem, eventually directing him in the way his brothers had taken.

Joseph did not find that help. But the man found Joseph and guided him. It was clearly a guidance from God.

The God who guided him will guide us too, no matter what our confusions are, He will take charge. When He does lead us, He leads step by step.

Joseph was not directly taken to Pharoah’s house. God led him, one step at a time. He had to cross his brothers’ torture, the experience of slavery, prison etc, before he reached the destiny God had for his life on earth.

If you’re feeling insecure about your future, Cheer up! Just know that God is in control of your life. He has already planned and finished everything regarding your life. You have a hope and a future. Just trust Him as he leads you through.

Am I in the Right Place?

Once Joseph got the guidance, he went and found his brothers. But what happened to him after that? He was ridiculed and insulted. He was thrown into a pit and sold as a slave. He was even about to be killed by his brothers, because they hated him.

May be Joseph thought at that time, “I’m not in the right place. If I hadn’t come here all this would not have happened to me.

But dear readers, that was the place he was supposed to be in. That was God’s will for him. He had a turning point in his life in that very place. His life took a direction that led him to be the governor of Egypt, who saved the people from death during famine.

Even you, who may be feeling you’re not in the right place, take heart! There is a huge blessing that follows every hard time. If you have given your life to God, you don’t have to worry about anything.

Why Should God lead me?

God leads you to a great destiny, simply because He has made great plans for you and has chosen you to give you a great future.

He says, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” (John 15.16)

Jeremiah 29.11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

The God who has promised will definitely fulfil His promise to you, for He is a faithful God.

When Will God Lead me?

God will lead us when we are obedient to Him and do all that he tells us to do, living everyday according to his word.

When Jacob asks Joseph to go to his brothers, he immediately agrees even though he knows that his brothers hate him. Just as he obeyed his father, we are called to obey our heavenly Father.

If we do that, we can blindly put our hope in Him and be still at any storm approaching us and know that He is God over our lives!

What were you confused about? Did you find your hope in Christ? Share your experience in the comments section. 

Are you in a prison-like situation?


Life doesn’t always go smooth. All of us come across situations, where we feel like we are being punished for no fault of ours.

Joseph was thrown into the prison because he refused to go to bed with his master’s wife, though she compelled him, and sin against God.

Paul and Silas, as they were serving God, came across a servant girl, who was demon possessed, and drove the demon out of her. The masters of the servant girl, who used to earn a great deal of money through her prophesying by the demon ( that was in her), were enraged and dragged Paul and Silas before the authorities. As a result, they were then stripped, beaten and thrown into the prison. (Acts 16.23-23)

These were not fair treatments on these men, who deserved nothing of these.

We may think about it and conclude that it was the fault of the people around them, but then I would like to bring to your notice another noteworthy point.

The point is – It was God’s will for them.

For us, the children of God, even though it is a prison experience that we go through, we can be sure that God is in control and He will allow nothing apart from His will to enter our lives.

Yet, there is a condition. We should be careful to walk blamelessly before God, in obedience to His Word.

Now this is how we know that Joseph, Paul and Silas were in the will of God. Lets see what happens to them after the go into the prison.

Joseph– He interpreted the dreams of two of King’s officials, which eventually led to his calling to interpret the King’s dream, right after which he was made the governor of the entire Kingdom.

Paul and Silas– God used them to save the guard and his entire household, and even baptize them.

Today, if you’re going through a tough situation, you’re not able to bear it and you feel like it’s not you’re fault, don’t worry. I tell you cheer up and be encouraged, for God has something great in store for you through this experience. He will bring you forth as gold out of the furnace.

Even as we go through the problems in exhaustion, we need to look into the lives of these men and learn from them.

During your prison experience:

1. Love Others– Joseph himself was in prison, yet  when he saw the King’s officials sad, he shows his care for them, he asks them what the matter that was concerning them was and gives  the answer for their problem. (Genesis 40.7)

Let us also be like that, showing love to others even at hard times.

2. Pray and Praise God–  ‘About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God.” (Acts 16.25)

What ever may be our problem today, let us pray to God and Praise Him  with all our hearts. This can break open any prison gates as it did in the times of these great men of God.

3. Minister to People– Joseph brought God’s interpretation to the King’s officials. Paul and Silas brought God’s word and salvation to the prison guard and his house hold.

Where ever we are, whatever condition we may be in, God wants to use us to be a blessing to others and to build His kingdom.

When God gave me this message, I did not understand why He was talking about prison experience. But very soon I faced a problem where I found myself unable to bear it. I asked myself why I was facing that a problem when it was something I didn’t deserve at all. However, God’s word helped me through. He helped me to pray and worship Him amidst the problem. He helped me to minister to people and to love even those who I felt were the cause for my dejection.

If God could help me, I’m sure He will help you too!

Have you been through a tough situation? or are you going through one ? Share with us how God helped you out and is helping you through, in the comments section below.

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