Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
”My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine for ever.” (Psalm73:26)
Why would a loving God allow his loved ones to suffer in this world?
All of us have experienced suffering in one way or the other. When it comes, our usual first reaction is non-acceptance followed by resentment, and finally, we cope up with reality. In the first place, we should realise that a large fraction of our sufferings is brought out by what we do to one another. It is purely our choice that we disobey the moral laws of God. Secondly, there is an order of evolutionary process in this universe and our lives too, are engaged in this process. The consequences of that can include a cancer gene in the normal process of cell division. Thirdly, when we face challenges, frustrations, and sufferings, we should remember this - “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to awaken deaf, self-centered creatures to not lose their sense of nobility or determination to work for the betterment of others. Lastly, our experience as spiritual creatures is not limited to what we know and observe during our earthly lifetime; the human sufferings take on a wholly new context. Buddha, in the Deer Park sermon begins with, “Life is suffering.” For the believer, this realization can paradoxically be a source of great comfort.
A scientist tells about his daughter, a young medical research college student, who was blind-folded and raped at gun point. The perpetrator was never caught. The father and daughter were devastated. ”My daughter’s rape was a challenge for me to try to learn the real meaning of forgiveness in a terrible heart wrenching situation. In complete honesty, I am still working on that. Perhaps this was also an opportunity for me to recognize that I could not protect my daughter from all pain and sufferings; I had to learn to entrust them to God’s loving care, knowing that this provided not an immunization from evil, but a reassurance that their suffering would not be in vain. Indeed, my daughter would say that this experience provided her with an opportunity and motivation to council and comfort others who have gone through the same kind of assault.”
The world is imperfect and the most crucial decision that we have to make on this earth is a decision about belief. The most important relationship that we should develop on this earth is a relationship with God. Then, human sufferings take on a completely new context.
Prayer: Jesus, we pray for all those who are struggling with pain and sorrows. Let them know the meaning of all the challenges that they are facing. Your miraculous intervention can do wonders and healings. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen
Toronto, Wednesday, 1st December 2010
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012