GOD WHO REACHES OUT

People have different understandings about God. Some think that the ‘Old Testament God’ is an angry God where as the ‘New Testament God’ is a loving God! But this is false. So rather than going by popular opinion, it is better to get back to the Bible to find out who our God is and what His qualities are. He is a God who reaches out to us.

2 Thessalonians 2:16 states, “…God our Father … reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence…”. Check this out: this is talking about God the Father (‘the Old Testament God’, as some would say).

It says God the Father lovingly reached out to us and surprised us with gifts of unending help and confidence. Isn’t it amazing! When did the Father do this? It was at the cross. When He did not give ear to His Son’s lament “Father, why did you forsake Me?”, He was throwing open to us the marvelous gift of unending help and confidence called ‘salvation’. And He still continues to provide help and confidence to us every moment of our life.

Think about someone caring for you when you go through times of distress. You will surely appreciate that kind act. This is exactly what the Father is doing. He uses people to help you. He turns situations in your favor. He gives you hope and strength to face the future.

What are you facing today? Is it something which you consider as ‘big’, ‘unmovable’ or ‘impossible’?

If so, the good news is God the Father is right there near you to help you! Receive His gift of life which He provided through His Son, Jesus. And ask Him to do that miracle only He is capable of doing. He surely will because He is the God who reaches out!

CHILD-LIKE FAITH

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15)

It pleases God when we come to Him in child-like faith. What is the beauty of such faith? It simply believes God! Children do not evaluate first and then believe. No! They believe without any evaluation.

Do you know why many folks aren’t able to believe God wholeheartedly? Because they are evaluating Him, His ways, His words, His miracles and His existence itself. God is not against studying Him through His Word. But He makes futile the attempts to evaluate Him with human standards and reasoning.

When God asked Abraham to leave his father’s house and his country and start a journey into an unknown place, Abraham didn’t evaluate God’s voice and intentions. He simply obeyed!

When Daniel was brought into a gentile country as a captive, He never questioned God’s love and care, but simply loved and obeyed God even in that non-Jewish territory.

When David was often persecuted by his envious father-in-law, he didn’t doubt what God did through the prophet Samuel by anointing him as King of Israel.

When religious sects came against Jesus to stop Him from accomplishing His redemptive work, He didn’t think even once whether His Father has made a wise decision to send Him on this mission!

All through the Scriptures, we see those who pleased God and did great things by trusting Him like a child. They faced small and big issues. But they never evaluated and questioned God’s ways and plans. They simply loved, believed and obeyed Him!

Are you facing a situation today which forces you to question God or doubt His ways and promises? If so, be assured today that the solution is not in evaluating God but in believing God!

God has great victories in store for you. You may have heard it a thousand times and you may be fed up of hearing it again. But the truth of the matter is it’s in trusting God in spite of your situation that you experience His goodness and victory!

May God’s grace strengthen you to walk with Him in child-like faith all through your life.