Stubborn Faith

I look to the day when every “why?” will have an answer — every question, an explanation.

Why he had to die so early…

Or the business didn’t prosper…

Or the marriage didn’t work out…

Or the tumor had to be malignant…

Or the dream didn’t materialize…

Unsatisfied, we often raise both a fist and a charge to God just like Martha who said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died….” (John 11:21)

Paraphrased, “What took you so long, Jesus? Why did you delay? Why didn’t you come rushing to your friend, Lazarus, when you heard the news?”

But Jesus had a good reason.

He was about to perform something spectacular to enable exponential growth in the people’s faith. In a sense, Lazarus’ death was necessary for the people’s faith to live.

Martha’s limited human understanding, however, could not fully grasp the divine ways of her friend. Until she saw her brother strolled outside the empty tomb. It was only when she looked around her and saw how the people gasped, knelt and praised God that day that she understood why Jesus did what he did.

Martha had to wait for weeks to find her answer.

We might need to wait a lifetime to find ours.

For some of us, we might even have to wait until we get to the other side to get our answers.

Either way, we ought to wait with stubborn faith.

Stubborn because it doesn’t yield to despair, or resentment or surrender. It chooses to believe that God always has good reasons for what He allows in our lives.

Are you now wrestling with some unanswered questions in your life, my friend?

Choose to wait with stubborn faith today.

Wait. Trust. Believe.

That pretty soon, you’ll hear the rock move and a dead man march out from an empty tomb!

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Running on Empty

Empty. Dry. Parched.

You sometimes feel that way, don’t you?

When your best seemed not enough.
When your work doesn’t seem to matter.
When what you do doesn’t seem to make sense.
When no matter what you do, your jump seemed not high enough; your reach not long enough; your effort not good enough.

Life has thrown so many left hooks at you and you’ve heard the umpire exclaim “strike out” so many times already.

You are running on empty.

But perhaps that’s where the problem lies: You are “running”. Scampering after every opportunity. Going after every break. Fixing every trouble in your world.
Let’s take a break today. Slow down. Step back. Sit still in one corner and pray. Your world won’t end if you stop trying to run it. Somebody once said: “Resign today as general manager of the universe because Someone else is.”

A car running on empty needs to stop so it can be filled with gas. A person running on empty needs to stop so he can be filled with grace.

If Jesus was in the Storm

If Jesus was in this storm…

He would go to the streetchild and bring him home…
He would comfort the parents who lost their child in the flood…
He would embrace the orphan and console the widow in the midst of the rain…
He would protect the rescuers as they risk their lives to save those in trouble…
He would feed the hungry and satisfy the thirsty…
He would shield the homeless from the heavy downpour…

BUT JESUS IS IN THIS STORM…

Through you and me, He is.

O Lord, tell us what can be done, and we will!

When Life Doesn’t Satisfy

Money is not your problem. How to spend it wisely is.

Health is not your problem. How to use it productively is.

No major crisis. No major worry. No major challenge.

Except that you are empty.

The work, though not bad, doesn’t satisfy.
The relationships, though stable, do not fulfill.
The achievements, though commendable, do not gratify.

“Something is missing…” you say.

You are not a big-time sinner. You pay your taxes. You occasionally give to charity. You don’t offend anyone. In fact, you are pretty decent in all areas of your life.

But it doesn’t change the fact that you are not “truly” happy.

Something within you persistently cries out, “There must be more to life than this.”

And my friend, I just want you to know that there is.

Scripture says: “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

The problem with an “ok” life is precisely that: It’s only “ok”.

God never meant for us to have just an “ok” life. He wants us to have a full life.

One that has meaning. One that has purpose. One that has passion.

One that truly satisfies.

Today, I invite you to give God a try. Get to know Him a little bit more. Try to focus more at mass today. Say “yes” to that Bible Study or prayer meeting invitation. Open that dusty old Bible. Converse with God.

Who knows? Perhaps true satisfaction for your life may just be a “yes” away.

Steady

To stand firm amidst the shaking
To stay on course amidst the turns
To remain focused amidst the distractions
To continue to be resolute amidst the doubts

The Bible says:

“As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:5)

Steady.

Yes, Lord, we shall be.

Lost in the Moment

Different questions. Same thought.

“What are you doing here, Eli’jah?” (1 Kings 19:13)

This was the same Elijah who just witnessed fire come down from heaven. Same bold Elijah who mocked the hundred or so prophets of Baal. Same victorious Elijah who defeated them in that classic duel on Mt. Carmel.

Lost in the moment, Elijah forgot God’s past glory and succumbed to his fears.

Generations later, another bold servant of the Lord was questioned, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)

This was the same Peter who spent three years with Jesus on the road. Same Peter who saw the large catch of fish. Same Peter whose mother-in-law was miraculously healed. Same Peter who saw miracle upon miracle happen before his very eyes.

Lost in the moment, Peter took his eyes off Jesus and sank beneath the raging tempest of the sea.

Aren’t we the same?

Quick to forget.
Easily dissuaded.
Hastily panics.

We are often lost in our moments of trial and difficulty that we forget our “Mt. Carmels”. We are often lost in our fears and worries that we forget our “great catch of fish”.

When God healed you from that illness.
When God provided for you in that need.
When God protected you from that calamity.
When God rescued you from that predicament.

Yes, for an instant, we would often bask in his glory. Until the next trial comes. Then we are lost in the moment again and forget.

Are you in a bind now, my friend?

Remember Elijah.
Remember Peter.

God sent his angel to minister to Elijah under the broom tree. Jesus yanked Peter out of the storm.

What makes you think He won’t do it for you?