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Sit still, my daughter!

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days– these waiting days– as ill!
The One who loves thee best, who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, ’tis sure He waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart’s deep love.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord’s will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corrodingly within, because of His delay
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could’st thou for Him fill?
‘Tis hard! ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
‘Tis hard, ’tis true! But then– He giveth grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.
— J. D. Smith

Sit still

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Lessons from ICU. 19. The Haman spirit

As I was in the ICU, many believers from our church started visiting me. To be truthful before God, I have to admit that I was surprised by how much love they have for me. For one, I don’t chit chat a lot and hence, with many, I have not spoken in a casual manner. Second, there were times when I have pointed out their mistakes and hence, I was under the impression that most of the believers actually don’t like me. So imagine my surprise when most of the church members visited me at the ICU. Especially it is very difficult for our church members, because most of them are from very impoverished backgrounds. For some, even coming to the church on Sunday is difficult as they may not have money for the bus. Most of them also work everyday, except Sunday and hence taking a break to travel 3 hours to come to the hospital, and then 3 hours back, only just to see me for a mere 5 minutes is a huge sacrifice they made and I was very moved by their love.

But once all the dust settled, once I was moved out of ICU to Special Ward, some who visited pointed out that one believer, who is supposed to be very close to my family, never bothered to visit, and did not even bother to enquire about my health at all. It was a sore point for almost everyone who visited me, because when they went back and informed that believer that they were just back from visiting me, they excepted that the believer would ask how I was doing. But nothing like that happened. Even today, one year after it happened, some are still upset about that. So when they asked me why I am not hurt by that, I laughed out loud and told them that I am still reeling from the shock that the entire church loves me, and I have not been able to process that still today.

But when some of the believers who I care about deeply, kept harping on this one point again and again, I simply pointed out that this character is not Christian at all. It is, indeed, the character of one of the vilest enemies the Jews had to face in their history – Haman.

In the 5th chapter of the Book of Esther, we see Haman describing all the great things that were happening to him. He talked about how he had found favour in the eyes of his king and also queen Esther (Esther 5:11-12). Yet he says something striking in the next verse.

Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate. (Esther 5:13)

As a result, he prepared a gallows to hand Mordecai, but in 24 hours, things changed and it was Haman who was hanging from the same gallows. All because one man chose to ignore him.

Let us not yield even an inch of our hearts to this evil spirit of Haman. Look around this beautiful world that the Lord has made us because He loves us. Look at all those loved ones He has given us in our life. Look at the innocent smile of our children or grandchildren, when they hold our finger in their baby hands. Above all, look at the Cross. Even if you are surrounded by people who hate you, even if the entire world is against you, their hatred would never be equal to one drop of the blood that our Saviour shed on the Calvary for us. The love of Jesus alone is enough for us to survive any hatred or rejection. Look at the Cross. Look at your Crucified Saviour. Look at the Lamb of the God. Look at Jesus Christ and be filled with His diving love. Amen.

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Love and the Holy Spirit

We can try our best to love the eternal God using our hearts and our minds and our strengths. But there is a small problem. Our hearts, our minds and our strengths – all these are limited. The Lord we try to love is limitless. It is impossible for us to love Him with our own understanding. That is the reason that the LORD has provided us graciously with His Holy Spirit.

We may have received the Spirit of God. We may be anointed, speaking in tongues and we may prophesy. But ultimately, has the Holy Spirit enabled us to love our Lord better? Has the love of God been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us (Romans 5:5)? Let us feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and be filled with the love of the LORD.

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Jeremiah 17:9-10“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.””

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Love and zeal

We can all follow our LORD with zeal. Probably our hearts are burning to do the will of God. One such character in the Bible was Peter. If there is anyone in the Bible who followed the LORD with zeal, it has to be Peter. Jumping into sea.Walking on the water. Then sinking into it. Cutting the ear of a Roman soldier. Talking without realizing what he was talking about. Oh, Peter is so much like us.

But the LORD wants something more than zeal from us. For zeal will fizz out soon. To be a Christian, to follow Christ, bearing our cross needs something more than zeal. Something that has more endurance than just enthusiasm. The LORD wants love, true love.

Zeal, enthusiasm and all other qualities that we think that a good disciple should have will breed arrogance and pride. We can compare our zeal with that of others. That’s what Peter does when the LORD says that all of them would desert Him when things get rough.

Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”
– Mark 14:29 (NIV)

That was quite a declaration. But, the next one was more distinct.

But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with You, I will never disown You.” – Mark 14:31 (NIV)

Especially because in the verse between these two declarations, the Lord Jesus Christ says that very night, Peter was going to disown the LORD before the rooster crows. That is the problem with being zealous. To prove our zeal, at times we are ready to reject the very words of our Master Himself.

That’s why the LORD needs someone who loves Him. Zeal harbors arrogance. With zeal comes in pride. And zeal fizzes out with time. But the LORD needs a humble heart. A heart clothed in humility. A heart that does not lose its fervor with time. A heart that loves Him.

But the great thing about our LORD is, He understands us better than everyone else, including us. The LORD knows that beneath all that zeal for Him, there lies a heart that love Him unconditionally. So, the Lord allows few troubles in our life which removes our zeal with all the arrogance and the pride. And when we stand before the LORD with all the veneer of pride removed, we can say truly

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Romans 12:3“[Humble Service in the Body of Christ] For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

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Love and faith

Faith and love

Faith and love go together. If we truly love our LORD, then we will have unshakeable faith in Him.

Look at any political leader who gets stuck in a scandal. Everyone who believed in him, who voted for him, would be really upset. They would change their minds about this leader. But there will be always some people who know that leader personally. No matter what happens around them, no matter how the political wind turns against their leader, they would support him whole heartedly. Their only explanation: “I know him personally and he is not this kind of person everyone is saying he is.”

An intimate knowledge of a person gives us tremendous faith in that person. And, the one thing that the LORD craves from us is LOVE. The LORD is waiting for us to have an intimate relationship with Him. The LORD wants to be our Friend. He wants us to share our innermost secrets. Yeah, He already knows that, but He wants to hear it from us, His friends. The LORD wants to be our Father. He wants us to tell Him our fears. Again, He knows that we are scared of few things in our life. He knows that we are worried about our future. But, He just wants us to open up and confide in Him. And, He wants us to know Him. Not from a distant. Not from our parents. Not from our church. The LORD wants us to know Him, from Him. That intimate knowledge, not tainted by views of humans, will help us in our understanding of His love for us. The LORD wants us to know Him in a personal level.

For all his righteousness, Job did not have a first hand knowledge of the LORD. Job himself declares that.

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Yes, just like us, Job also knew about the LORD from others. His understanding of God was what he heard from the experiences of others. We may really believe in our God, we may really have zeal for Him, but the real question is: is our belief, our faith and our zeal for our LORD is because of our love, because we know Him personally or it is from what we have heard about God?

A day came when Job experienced the LORD personally. That day changed his life forever. All his sorrows turned into joy. Today, my dear friend, whatever your sorrow is, experience our LORD personally, as a Friend, as a Father, love Him, let your faith grow because of that love, and all your sorrows will turn into joy.

God wants us to love Him, know Him personally, so that our faith is our own faith. Because, it is by HIS OWN faith, the righteous shall live. (Hab. 2:4) So, let us wear the breastplate of faith and love (1 Thess. 5:8) and let us please our LORD more and more. Amen.

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Jeremiah 23:24“Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.”

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Love and fear

We may try to be righteous before the eyes of our God. We may do all the right things. But there is one thing that the LORD wants most from us than all other things that we can do: the LORD Almighty, the Most Sovereign God, the Creator of everything yearns for our love. And that is the only thing that counts.

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Job was a righteous man before the eyes of the LORD. He feared God more than any thing. But he lacked one thing. His love for God was not perfect. We can see that in one verse in the Book of Job:

“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” – Job 3:25 (NIV)

Job was afraid constantly that somewhere some sin might catch up with him or his family, that the LORD would punish him severely for that. With all due respect for Job and his suffering, the one thing the LORD wanted from Job was love. Perfect love. Because perfect love drives out fear.

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That is the one thing that the LORD yearns from us. Love. Perfect love. Love that comes from the knowledge of our gracious God. When we love God truly, we shall fear nothing. Are we ready to love God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength?

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Isaiah 40:31“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

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God is Love.

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During one of the darkest moments in my life, I sat alone for several hours, wondering if God truly exists or not, does He really answers our prayers and other questions. Given the dark circumstances I found my life in, I could not see in any way how can there be God and even if He exists, how can I believe that He answers prayers? I was on the verge of believing that God does not exist.

But, deep in my heart, I also knew that the earth and whatever we see could not come to existence on its own. Life cannot be there without the Creator who gives life. But still looking at my situations, I did not want to believe that there is a God.

As I was struggling with my faith, I asked myself who is God and how do I feel His existence. As I was asking these questions, something happened. My heart was filled with love, the love of God. And this verse came to my mind.

                                 God is Love. – 1 John 4:8 (NIV)

The LORD has done some great things in my life. God has done wonders and has done what He has promised me. But, more than all that, Jesus loves me. God the Father loves me. And no one else has loves me as much as He loves me. God loves me.

It is His love that sustains me during these times of tribulations. It is His love keeps my head high. It is His love that keeps me going. It is His love that keeps me smiling when everything else is going wrong. It is His love that fills my heart with joy.

Have you tasted the love of God? Taste and see that the LORD is good. Amen.

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Romans 15:5-6“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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