Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
”The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run up.” (kings 17:14)
Have you ever experienced the divine intervention in your times of trouble?
We all do feel exhausted in our daily struggles and many a time, could have been driven to the edge. But God always lifts us from the bottom of the pit by his special intervention. He never lets his children go hungry. We need to depend on God as we face each trial. God helps us in his own way at the right time and place. Divine intervention, big or small, begins with an act of obedience. When the widow of Zarephath met Elijath the prophet, she thought she was preparing her last meal as there was no more oil or flour left. She was very poor and had no one to help her. Then, God intervened through Elijath and from then on, she always had enough flour and olive oil left in the containers.
Ram was abused by his parents and relatives and so, he ran away from home. He went on to become a drug carrier and kept wandering from place to place. He felt lonely, unloved and abused by everybody. One late evening, he went to the remote edge of Lake Puzhal in Chennai, India and decided to commit suicide. In the area were two friends, John and Mathew who were looking for a quiet place to relax. On a premonition or I would say it as the divine intervention, they strolled towards the place where Ram was. On hearing voices, Ram turned and waited for them to pass. On seeing the depressed face of the boy, John and Mathew realised that something was wrong with the boy. On knowing his story, they offered to help him start a new life. With their support, Ram continued his education and has made a good life for himself. Today, he is a happily married man with a loving family.
Listen always to the inner voice of our conscience and act. We are children of the great Saviour who helps us in our times of need. Likewise, we should also look around and help others. Knock on the doors of people who need your love and care. Who knows? You could be a saviour too.
Prayer: Jesus, save those who are rejected by family, friends, society, and even the Church. Listen to their cries and answer them. Help us to be their saviours. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Friday, 3rd 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