Today with Jesus
- Today's Bible verse
"My God sent his angel to shut the lions mouths so that they wouldn’t hurt me.” (Daniel 6:21)
Loneliness? Find solace in God.
Loneliness is more fearsome and unbearable, especially after the death of a loved one. No gestures or words of condolences can fill the gap of separation except the unforeseen hands of God. It is hard to see the protective arms of God when one is drowned in sorrows. Most often our faith is shaken,, life is challenged and God is questioned, and our world becomes darkened at this type of crisis and we feel that we are alone and forsaken by God and our dear ones. We are always in the arms of our Creator. Psalm 91:9 - ”The Lord is your protection; you have made God, the Most High, your place of safety.” Life is beyond death. The love of God never permits you to be alone and wander in the wilderness. Psalm 23:4 - ”Even if I walk through the valley of death, I will not be afraid because you are with me. Your rod and your staff comfort me”.
Due to brain haemorrhage, Joy had lost his wife leaving him with two children. The first six months passed by without any major shocks and loneliness due to the loving support and consolation of friends and relatives. It was then that the feeling of loneliness descended on him. The pious regular church goer and active participant slowed down on his activities. He was more or less on the verge of depression. One day as he was reading and meditating the life of Daniel in the Bible, he asked God why the upright warrior, Daniel was thrown into the den of lions. Then suddenly in his contemplation, the spark of heavenly revelation of God’s hand dawned on his dark lonely soul. Daniel was actually not thrown but descended into the den of lions by God's loving hands. And Daniel was in the arms of God amidst the roaring hungry lions. In the same way, Joy felt he was in the protective arms of Jesus. That day onwards, a new perception of life dawned on him to dedicate his life for the services of God and his fellow beings. He now volunteers in a rehabilitation centre.
Are you going through loneliness and depression? Remember you are not alone but under the protective arms of loving Jesus.
Prayer: Jesus, we pray for all those who are lonely and depressed due to separation of their beloved ones. Let them see your protective, supporting arms and feel better. Jesus, save us from soul inflicting doubts and fears of life. Let Joy find more strength and happiness to serve you better. Let his children be guided and mothered by your love, presence and guidance. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Tuesday, 7th June 2011
- 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