Guest Blogger: Jong-Ling Kuan
All Glory To God!
When you look back in life, when you look at how you have been brought up and what you have experienced, can you count the blessings God has put in your way?
Often, we tend to forget to count our blessings from God and it is only when people remind us or ask where we come from, we remember what God has done and we then bring glory to Him. Life always gets in the way… our mind is still too worldly.
Before I start I would like to bring our attention to two readings from the bible, 1 Corinthians 1:27-31 and Jeremiah 9:23-24. Both these writing talks of not boasting about yourself but of God’s glory, it points out that God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him (1Cor 1:27-30).
Looking at the Old Testament we see many stories of people that were the last person everybody thought of in terms of strength, age, position in society, and etc., people such as Moses, Joseph, Daniel, and David. Moses had a stutter, Joseph was sold into slavery, Daniel and his friends were taken captive, and David was the youngest, weakest and insignificant to everyone. God took their circumstances and turned it around to glorify Him and they could not deny that fact.
“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord” (1Cor 1:31).
If we take a look at the New Testament, God really makes evident of these two readings, 1 Corinthians 1:27-31 and Jeremiah 9:23-24 with and through all the people that Jesus and later the apostles healed. We will just be focusing on three stories but there are many other cases of this. God takes a nobody and makes them a somebody, now before I continue I would like to point out that the word/term somebody may not be the one that you are used to or the way the world has defined it, rather I am using the term in the Kingdom understanding.
The widow’s offering (Mark 12:41-44), Women with the perfume (Mark 14:1-9) and, Tax collector vs. the Pharisee (Luke 18:9-14) all speaks volume of how God views the “nobodies”. In these stories, Jesus especially takes notes of these people and it gives a full description which shows that these people’s action will be forever remembered.
When we have encountered God’s goodness we won’t be able to contain it just, like the blind man (John 9:1-34), and that alone brings people to Christ. As we are doing this fast we are truly not doing it out of our own strength but God’s strength, as you might have read from an entry a few days ago about Jesus being tempted, we will be tempted and it will be constant temptation because of the world we live in and the society we live in. We therefore need to always ask God to check our heart to make sure that we are truly following him and that is why we are on this journey that we are on. A constant dying to one’s self and flesh is needed because it is truly an uphill battle for a Christian. By consciously dying to the flesh we are surrendering every moment to God that we alone cannot do life. Please don’t make god make you realise you cannot do it in your own strength because when that happens, it will be a very painful, lonely process!! With that being said about surrendering and all, we need to do our best to prepare ourselves because victory rests with God. Now how can we prepare in the context of walking with God and fasting? Hiding his words in your heart. Yes, memorizing scripture!!
I challenge and encourage you to memorize a scripture a day because whatever season God is taking you through, He is preparing you for the next and it will only become easier when we finally realize that God is truly our strength and without Him we cannot and through that His glory will shine because you have mastered the secret of all glory to God!