16 Apr 2015 by Kim Yung CM –
The world often fills our ears with all kinds of things that drown out the voice of God and push Him far behind. Many things are trying to distract us from placing the Lord first in our lives, be it issues arising from home, work or even in the nation. Through all this you experience, the ending is still the same, for the day will come when only God remains as everything in life will eventually come to pass. Know that God has been with you, is with you, and will always be with you until the very end even when all hope seems lost. God is the sanctifier, not we. He would rather us continuously lean on Him than supposing we have it figured out. There is great advantage in simplicity in living by simple philosophies. Simplicity gives strength. Complexity confuses and weakens.
“Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:19-21)
The verses above tells us that God presented himself and his power through the world and the universe that He created. If you know this, that God is the Creator is able and willing, then you should know instinctively that He will be there for you, despite the voices all around you, and despite the voices in your head that is trying to tell you otherwise. Do not hide or ignore this instinctive inner knowledge that the Creator is seeking to be a part of your life, to help you and guide you to the path He has planned out for you.
10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]
12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. (Romans 14:10-12)
Instead of complicating life, let us step back to the basics of life. First of all, there is no life without the air we breathe and without us learning to take a breath. As complicated as the rest of life gets know when to take deep breaths and to not overthink. Millions of people have the mistaken notion that to become a Christian is so difficult that it is not really worth the effort. Too many people have tried to fashion a human standard of acceptance that distorts the true and simple gospel.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-4)
The Scripture above in Genesis 3:1-4 is an example of how the devil plays around and makes life more complicated than it really is. Instead of simply doing what God told Adam and Eve to do, they allowed their minds to overthink the situation and succumb to the temptations of evil.
We are all guilty of complicating life at times and even complicating our Christian faith, including our relationship with God. As we look around at our world we are left with more questions than answers
Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. (Isaiah 55:3)
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people. (Titus 2:11)
The Lord wants you to be quiet and listen. This may sound hard, but it is good news. When we get out of the way and stop and listen to what God has to say it is exactly what we need to hear. It is life for our souls. It is a reminder that we have been brought into His eternal covenant because He loves us. Today, let’s not over-complicate our Christian life, and at the same time, let’s not oversimplify life by getting too comfortable. Find your balance and listen to the Creator as He comforts your heart and leads you to where you’re meant to be. So worship, never cease in prayer, and study God’s word. God has called us to grow and mature in our faith. Most of all, let’s not make it complicated.
10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
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