It Was Good

Genesis 1: 10
….And God saw that it was good.

The Bible begins with the book of Genesis, which means “origin”. In the first chapter, there is a detailed description of the creation of the universe and everything in it. Several times (verses 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31), we see God reviewing what He did and it says “He saw that it was good”.

Did God view his creations as only “good”? In the world we live today, everything is described in superlatives – the biggest, the tallest, the best, the tastiest, etc. etc. Wasn’t His creations the “best”? Even from a very young age, it is drilled into kids to be the best at sports, the best singer, the best dancer and so on. There are awards given in schools, companies and other organizations for the best student or the best employee.

 
John 2: 10

And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

 

In the above passage, again we see the use of the word “good”. Would we describe the new wine as good or the best? Somehow, when we see the label “good” on something, there is a feeling that something is incomplete, that there could be something better. In this strife to do everything better than good, maybe we have forgotten what God’s definitions mean. God saying His creations are “good” does not in any way reduce the magnitude of the wonders He has made.

Let’s try to see the way God sees it. It was good in His sight and that is enough.

 

Don’t Take God’s Grace for Granted

Your life is a door – to a house that only you have access to. You have the  liberty to open or close your door – no one else. As every door comes with a keyhole, so does yours. It’s ironic you’d blame your situations and folks or wonder how you ended up in sin, because every time satan knocks, you have that keyhole to know exactly what and whom you’re opening your door to. Every time you let him in, you inevitably let someone out – Jesus.

You give sin an edge to grow up the walls of your house. The more it stays, the worse. Listen carefully, Jesus is knocking too, but you’re so indulged in the sound of satan’s music, those knocks never reach your ears. Yet His knocking never ceases. You see, He paid a heavy price for you. Though you may forget, Jesus never does. And then, there comes that point when you’re snapped back to reality. Realise your visitor has overstayed his welcome. You shouldn’t have let him in to begin with. But how do you do away with one who doesn’t want to be done away with? How do you make someone who doesn’t want to leave, leave? You need help. You call security to forcefully push him out of your house. Yes, you finally remember the One whose knocks you never heard.

Now you need Jesus. You rely on His strength to get him out. You can’t try alone. Your efforts are all in vain. As unrealistic as wanting a building to budge on your push. Jesus comes to your rescue, drags the intruder out. Your door is shut again. Now turn around, my friend. Look at your house. Your intruder has gone and there’s no trace of him, but look what he’s left behind. He’s damaged your precious house. Yes, Jesus will turn your scarlet-stained house back to snow-white. But wait, you knew that all along didn’t you? While you were dancing to Satan’s tunes, you knew it was a wrong song to play, you knew what you were entertaining was not of God, but you thought you’d stop at your own pace, cause Jesus is always there to clean up your mess, isn’t He?

If this is your mentality today, you’re taking the grace of God in vain. Do not bring upon yourself a time when He’s not going to be there to knock your door anymore. Every time you open your door to the devil, you give away part of your house. Were you actually that naive to think those glittery wrapped packages he held were gifts for you? Or did he have to remove the disguise and reveal those guns and swords for you, to not open your door? Sin is like a microbe. Feed it with less than a drop of inoculum and you’ll have enough to replicate over an entire area.

Next time he knocks, run to your phone, dial your security and say, “Lord, I have an unwanted visitor at my door.” Or else, let him in. After he’s gone and the damage is done, turn around again and look. Do you like what you see? Was it worth it? How different would things have been, if you had peeped through that keyhole and just stepped away?

For God took the sinless Christ and poured into Him our sins. Then, in exchange, He poured God’s goodness into us! As God’s partners, we beg you not to toss aside this marvelous message of God’s great kindness. For God says, “Your cry came to Me at a favorable time, when the doors of welcome were wide open. I helped you on a day when salvation was being offered.” Right now God is ready to welcome you. Today He is ready to save you.

  • – 2 Corinthians 5:21, 6:1-2

Come Home My Child

Luke 15 has three parables in it – parable of the lost sheep, lost coin and the lost son. Each speaks of how something precious was lost for a little while and the joy that followed in finding them again. 
 
We too were once lost, but Jesus found us and saved us and gave us new life. How precious we are to Him can be seen in these verses. If anyone reading  this has somehow strayed away from Him and if your life feels meaningless, look to the lost son in the parable (verse 11-32). He went away and got lost in the pleasures of the world but he realised his mistake and came back (verse 18-19). Instead of being angry and showing any form of hatred, the father welcomed him with open arms (verse 20). 
 
Our Father too is compassionate toward His children and ready to welcome you with open arms if only you will turn back to Him. Don’t wait for another day for it’s not ours. Do it today and enjoy the peace which only He can give you.

He Rightly Corrects Us

  1. Jeremiah 46: 28. “……. I will rightly correct you …..”

The judgements passed by the world to one who has done an offense may sometimes feel unjust or even unfair. How many times have we read the punishment given to a suspect and felt that it doesn’t feel right.

But when God corrects someone, it says here that He “rightly corrects”. No matter what you may feel about it, His corrections are never too difficult because He knows how much we can withstand.

Praise the Lord for we can be at peace knowing that He does what’s right in our lives and He rightly corrects us to get back on the right path to eternity.

Helping Hands

Genesis 14: 8-17

Verse 14 says, ” Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.”

If you read the entire passage, you will learn that the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were taken captive along with all their provisions. Now, Lot, Abraham’s brother’s son, was also taken captive. Someone escaped and informed Abraham about it.

It is Abraham’s (his name was still Abram at this stage) reaction which is note-worthy. The minute he heard his brother was in danger, he geared up all his resources and went in pursuit of the captors. It says he armed his 318 trained servants. I am guessing they were all the trained servants he had. It is not a small feat to fight against kings of nations (verse 9). But he did and he won and brought Lot to safety.

What is our reaction when a fellow brother is in need? Do we have that burning desire to help in any way? Or do we turn a cold ear and heart? We may never have to physically fight someone but we can learn from Abraham’s response.

If you know of someone in need – whether it is financially or someone who needs an encouraging word, you can do your part to help. You may be the answer someone needs to turn their life around. If God could use Abraham in Lot’s time of need, He can use you too.