By Pr Ay Nee Ng
How many of us have won something or received a pot of gold or collect $200/- by chance? Probably not many of us have; it does not happen often. Yet, we do not live by chance, but by faith, believing that something good can happen in our lives. It is not by chance that we are here; something or someone brought us here to SGC. Let us then have that faith to believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is here for each of us!
Questions about Directions
Who do we go to when you need help with your finances and accounts? We go to an accountant or someone with knowledge of finances and accounts. Who do we stop to ask directions when we need directions to a destination? We ask a cop or any passer-by for directions. Likewise, when there are legal matters, we go to a lawyer. When we are sick, we see a doc, go for quack cures, or try to nurse ourselves. In those times, seeking a doctor or a specialist may come to mind more than seeking God. Sometimes we may even look for an herbalist, a soothsayer, a spiritualist, or healer for help.
Do we really know what to do when we are hit with catastrophe in life like illnesses, bankruptcy, desertion, or loneliness? Who do we go to when we need spiritual help and healing?
Remember the Monopoly Game? When we land in a space called “chance”, we need to pick either a yellow card or a pink card that will be directing our next move. When we draw the card that says, “Go directly to jail”, we do not like it as we miss our turn and have to pay a fine to get out of jail. Now, when we pick up a card that reads, “Collect $200/-as you pass GO”, that is when we smile, knowing that we have also passed the danger zone.
Do we live our lives by chance, waiting to collect the crumbs around us and hoping that the danger zone will pass us by, or are we doing something with our lives? Have you ever thought that sometimes we do live our lives as if by chance, waiting to draw a yellow or pink card to direct our next move? But it doesn’t happen this way. Life is not a bed of roses, and not all is by chance. You have to make your life count. Remember the saying: “Count your blessings and name them one by one”. You still have to make the first move. Even when you are sick, you need to make the first move and call the doctor first. We Christians know it is not by chance we meet someone; God has instrumented it. He guides our every footstep.
“Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me” (Ps. 119:113, NIV)
“Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil” (Ps. 119: 113; NLT).
“My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled” (Ps. 17:5).
When we are in a dire situation and we do not know where to go, what do we do? We cannot leave things to chance when we are in need. We need faith to believe that something good can happen to us! So what is faith?
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: ‘He could not be found, because God had taken him away’. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:1-6).
How to Find Directions for our Life?
1. Call on the Lord
“Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it, the LORD is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know’” (Jer. 33:2).
“And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Ps. 50:15).
“He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Ps. 91:15).
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Ps. 5:3).
2. Seek the Lord and hang on to Him; don’t let go
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isa. 55:6 -7).
3. Ask, pray, rejoice, and give thanks
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you” (Jer. 29:12).
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:4-7).
To find directions for healing, breakthroughs, and peace from the turmoil in our lives today, we need to draw our attention to our Lord Jesus Christ and bring our request to God for nothing is too difficul for Him. In fact, nothing is impossible for our Lord Jesus Christ!
“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you” (Jer. 32:17).
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jer. 32:27).
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (Matt. 19:26).
“You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? “From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you” (Isa. 48:6).
“And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, even among the survivors whom the LORD calls” (Joel 2:32).
When we were young, my mom wanted to know about the future, so she will seek out a medium, soothsayer, or a fortune teller. But as Christians, when we want to know about our future, who do we consult for directions? We seek out God, a Christian friend, our life group leader, or our pastor. In all circumstances, we have to remember that only God can satisfy the hunger in our souls. Are going now to God for His help?
God heals for He has the power to heal and to set the captives free. “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isa. 53:3-5).
God has given us clear directions in the Great Commission of what we should do. “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.’ After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it” (Mark 16:15-20).
Matthew 28:19-20 contains what has come to be called the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.
Church, before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave us believers the greatest challenge ever given: to reach every man, woman, and child of every tongue and tribe in the world with the Good News of God’s love, forgiveness, and salvation. It essentially outlines what Jesus expected the apostles and those who followed them to do in His absence. We are to be Christ’s witnesses, fulfilling the Great Commission in our cities (Jerusalem), in our states and countries (Judea and Samaria), and anywhere else God sends us (to the ends of the earth). God has enabled us to do this great task of the Great Commission by the power of the Holy Spirit. “As part of the Great Commission as well, ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’” (Acts 1:8). The infilling or baptism of His Holy Spirit will empower us to do great and mighty things for our Lord Jesus Christ.
So Church, let us focus on what Jesus Christ did and is still doing. By dying on the cross, our sins were paid, and every sickness and diseases was nailed with Him. His work still lives on because there is power in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us look now to our Lord Jesus Christ as we ask Him to bless this meeting, bringing the workings of miracles, gifts of healings, and gift of faith in us.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:12-14).