December 21, 2019
I meditated again about sons of God who experienced terrible or unpleasant things. Although many things are happening, I came to realize about one thing, that God is still the One who holds the control over everything.
1. Truly, in every terrible incident, God is still working to bring us good
Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Because everything always happens by God’s permission. Beware of the work of the evil one that is trying to sneak in and twist the image of God’s goodness (His faithfulness and provision) in our hearts and minds. What often pops up in our mind is, “How come a good Father allows such thing to happen?” And of course, there are many other questions, which although answered, will not satisfy us still.
Truly, He is God who works in everything to bring us good. His goodness could come in various forms, both VISIBLE and INVISIBLE. Oftentimes, we only focus on seeing God’s goodness through things that are instant and immediately available; things that bear direct, visible result! Meanwhile, there are actually many things “behind the scene” that God is doing to bring the goodness.
For example, God will stretch the capacity of heart and give various lessons and dimensions of maturity to those who go through bad things. God is also growing the level of their strength and dependence on Him even more.
On the other hand, God is also stretching out the character of kindness in those who are helping. God is growing and stretching the dimension of love through empathy, care, compassion, sacrifice, and many more.
The important thing here is our focus and response. They will determine how much we can see and receive that goodness of God. The prayer and thanksgiving flowing from our mouth will help us see from God’s perspective, and to rise above our human perspective.
2. He will never allow anything beyond what we are able
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
The way out can be found in our transformed perspective. For through divine perspective, our response will change from human into divine. He truly knows those who belong to Him, and He will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able. For those who can see from God’s perspective, they will receive a new understanding and strength, becoming stronger than before. Make sure that the victorious spirit is governing our lives, burning even stronger to strengthen our faith journey more and more.
James 1:12 (NKJV) Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
3. He is God the Initiator and He is faithful; He will always come and strengthen us!
Holy Spirit reminded me about the moment when Jesus was captured and crucified. After going through a series of unfair trial (because everything was manipulated by those who don’t like Jesus and wanted Him dead), as a result, Jesus truly died on the cross! It was like the “biggest blow” for Jesus’ followers at that time.
There was a moment of death that truly heart-wrenching for all His disciples. Although from God’s perspective, The Father has prophesied three times about Jesus’ death, the disciples were still responding humanly; they were afflicted with sadness, desperation and immense fear. Even Peter denied Jesus three times. However, God’s proceeding word was fulfilled; Jesus rose on the third day! And that’s what truly happened, He rose up in glory! Through His presence, Jesus strengthened the disciples and taught them the word about the Kingdom of God for 40 days. Some of them are His two disciples who was on the way home to Emmaus. Jesus drew near to them on their way back.
Luke 24:13-17 (NKJV) Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
- Luke 24:13-35 noted that there are 2 kinds of conversations. The first is a humanistic conversation which ends up with frustration and defeat. But the interesting thing is, Jesus came and involved Himself in the conversation! The second conversation started. Jesus directly went to the point to the root of the problem, and took control the conversation! This conversation is divine in nature and ends up in victory! At first, there was an argument between the human and the divine (v. 18-24). But Jesus directly rebuked the humanity from their lives (v. 25-27). The important thing here is for us to be aware of the kind of conversation that is passing through our mind. I believe that God is an active God who is never silent. He will surely send forth His word. Our part is to speak and declare that word. Then, arguments will surely cease, and everything human will be removed.
- They tried to hold God’s presence for longer (v. 29-30). They stayed in God’s presence, SATURATED THEMSELVES in the flow of worship until something divine happens: THEIR EYES WERE OPENED from the veil of grief. They begin to recognize the work of the word and Spirit, and that their hearts were BURNING due to the touch of His word and Spirit!
Luke 24:31-32 (NKJV) Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”
- And suddenly they KNEW what they should do! That’s the time when they returned to Jerusalem to gather with their spiritual brothers and sisters. A stronger power of synergy took place!
Luke 24:33 (NKJV) So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
Since then, they corporately followed the direction of God’s word (they are in the center of God’s perfect will), and when Holy Spirit was poured out, the greatest movement on the earth was born!
I believe that the work of the word and Spirit will burn even stronger than before, raising believers to a spiritual level that was never seen before. Get ready! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus