Jeremiah 2:11 “Has a nation ever changed its gods? (yet they are not gods at all). But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols.” We see God described as the ‘Glory of His people’ here. It intrigued me. In 1 Samuel 15:29 we again see God described as the Glory of Israel “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind.” In Luke 2:32 we read “The Lord is a light of revelation to the gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.” Who are the people of God? In Genesis 12:2, God … Continue reading Is God your Glory?
Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah belonged to a family of priests in Benjamin. In Jeremiah 1 we read how God calls Jeremiah to be His prophet. The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah saying “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” When God says something so profound and clear with a specific plan for you, you might think that you would feel thoroughly equipped, emboldened and well positioned to step into the role and carry out the task God … Continue reading Let God be your Fuel and Fire
As we spend time this week reflecting on the events that happened in the last week of Jesus’s life that culminated on the cross, and what this week should mean to us as followers of Christ, I have been trying to not let this week just come and go without giving it the recognition and importance it rightly deserves. This does not mean that we usually take for granted the gift of salvation that we receive, but sometimes we can allow for this week to slide by, doing what we are expected to do without giving it too much pause. … Continue reading Awaken my Soul with a Renewed Purpose
Jesus is our king, our Lord and Saviour and also our friend. We don’t have to choose between Him being our Lord or our friend. He is both to us. We worship Him, revere Him and at the same time we confide in Him like we would a friend. I was reading the parable of the wedding banquet in Mathew 22. Jesus speaks this parable in response to a remark made by one of the guests at a banquet about ‘the feast of the kingdom of God’. Briefly, Jesus points out that many are invited to be part of … Continue reading I Have Called You Friends
At times when we feel a disconnect from God, we can feel lost, our anchor adrift and the silence that comes when we are not communing with God as we should can be soul crushing. In those moments, clarity of who truly is the solid rock on which we stand comes into focus. Psalms are like a lifeline to me in those moments, they help me stay focused on God, voicing words that I struggle to find and remind me of His constant presence. Psalm 138 is a psalm written by David when he was in less than ideal circumstances. … Continue reading I will Praise You, Lord
Mathew 17:14-20 “When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in … Continue reading Little or Great Faith
Mathew 11:3 “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” This question was asked by John the Baptist. He was in prison at the time because he confronted Herod Antipas about his sinful relationship with his brother’s wife and was imprisoned as a result (Mathew 14). Jesus had been travelling through the region of Galilee, teaching, preaching, healing and casting out demons. John’s disciples were visiting him in prison telling him all that Jesus was doing and he sends his disciples to ask Jesus this question. Doubt can ever so often come knocking “Are … Continue reading When Uncertainty Prevails
Mathew 9:14 “Then John’s disciples came and asked him (Jesus), how is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” This question was posed by John’s disciples. John the Baptist spent his days proclaiming the coming of the Messiah. In John 1: 29 we read “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ This is the one I meant when I said, a man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me. I myself did … Continue reading Practices and Prejudice
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Mathew 6:27 A rhetorical question that we all know the answer to, and yet we can so easily succumb to worrying. This week my city went into a 5-day lockdown, and as soon as it was announced, people flocked to the store to hoard up on supplies. Seeing this on the news made me think, has anyone not learnt from last time that toilet paper is not an antidote to the virus. It is hard not to feel anxious when you see and feel it in everyone … Continue reading Worry – what does Jesus say?
I was cooking the other day and realised that my salt container was almost empty and I did not have any spare in my pantry. But luckily there was enough to use for that time and I ensured that I bought some the next day itself. Usually when I am unexpectedly low on something, I would look to use substitutes. I know that there are salt substitutes out there or you can use some herbs and spices to give some flavour. But there is nothing quite like salt when it comes to bringing forth that burst of flavour from all … Continue reading Salt Effect