June 15, 2020
How important it is to ensure that our life is at the center of God’s perfect will all the time (in harmony with the heavenly agenda). This certainly can happen when we listen to His Word and obey Him. Even more, we will experience God’s perfect providence for us. Everything we need to accomplish His will is already provided by the Father. Our part is just listening and obeying.
In the current world turmoil, there are many people and various aspects of life that are shaken as well. People get scared, worried, anxious and many lost their jobs. Despite everything that’s happening, the main issue is not ‘what work we need to do to afford our daily needs’! But: Are we clinging to and listening to God’s voice and obeying Him! Because certainly, that is the nature of the life of a believer.
So I am quite sure, this turmoil is permitted by God for a purpose: so that we set our eyes or focus on the unshaken One (God’s Word). Because many believers assumed they’re already in the ‘field blessed by God’, they like the jobs, earn income, even the job has become their fields of service. Despite being ‘blessed’ (not lacking), their heart turned away from God. Abiding in God is no longer the first and foremost. ‘Craziness’ in pursuing and seeking God began to decline. The level of love for God continues to fade, undermined by the ‘blessing’. This really shouldn’t happen to us !!
This morning, I kept thinking about the following statement: God does not bless ‘job’, but ‘people’. So when someone clings to Him and remains faithful to His Word, then whatever he does prospers!! (Psalm 1) Even if it does not ‘make sense’ to this world !!
Then I remembered the story below:
Luke 5: 1-6 (NET) “Now Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing around him to hear the word of God. He saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear.”
From the story we can learn something; Jesus commanded Simon to cast a net at an ‘unusual’ time. Fishermen used to fish at night until dawn or morning. What Jesus commanded was “contrary” to the “knowledge of fishermen” which Simon had. Furthermore ‘Simon’s experience’ also spoke that they had worked hard all night but catch nothing. This means all fishermen who went to the same sea were in fact losing income. But for a moment, Simon ignored the ‘knowledge and skill’ he had to obey Jesus’ commands. As a result, they caught a large number of fish until their nets began to tear !!
The principle that we can get from the story is: The most important thing is ‘LISTEN to THE VOICE OF GOD AND OBEY’. That is the principle to have a continuous life growth and unshaken. So whatever we do if that is God’s direction for us, then we only need to obey. Automatically our lives would be perfectly preserved. And above all, we ‘do not need to think what we will get or lose’, as long as we know it is the voice of God and we obey, then anything that is considered impossible become possible.
The question is, is it possible that God’s voice is at odds with natural science, knowledge, and experience we have? It’s perhaps and quite likely! No need to keep those (science, knowledge, experience) or even contradict His voice. Just do as how Simon obeyed Jesus. Do not forget to stay focused on Jesus. Never let our hearts turn to the blessings God gives. Keep following God as we love Him more than anything and anyone (Luke 5: 10-11). That heart attitude will bring us to live in harmony with the heavenly agenda, and automatically unshakeable! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus