When you are powerless

Trust in the lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.

-Proverbs 3:5-6

I have been going through a tough time of lately, some of the things that disturbed me was when people started to take important decisions in my life, when my career seemed stagnant, my eagerness to pursue my goal at the cost of my job and most importantly I felt so powerless to change anything concerning me. I was surprised by the way I mumbled and grumbled about what’s happening to me. Well, mostly it’s the battle in my mind that sometimes resulted in spitting venom on people around me. Cruel. right? But, most of us lose our cool and go berserk. We are not actually angry with our close ones, but we do it out of frustration to show them that we are not fine. I was sure if these emotions lasted in me, I would end up getting depressed. I thought I shouldn’t give in to it and that’s when this verse from the Bible came handy.

The verse from Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding“. Trusting God is not so easy, especially when you see things falling apart; but it’s not impossible too, why I say this because the following line says “and lean not on your own understanding“. The problem arises when we start trusting our own understanding by merely looking at how things are going around and unfortunately we believe what we see. When we start believing what we see it’s so obvious that we stop trusting God. So what I learnt here is – to stop believing my understanding about a situation because it’s only one side to a story and mostly an exaggerated version of the real condition that runs in my mind. When I realised that I am not wise enough to deal with it, when I knew that I reached a point where I couldn’t help myself, it became much much easier for me to trust God with all my heart.

The perks of trusting God wholeheartedly is abundant, for when we allow him to handle our current situation, he gives us hope for a better future. He gives us assurance that nothing can go beyond his control. Eventually, we end up committing our plans, goals and interests to him to seek his will, that brings us to the next verse- Proverbs 3:6, which says “in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” God knows it’s your life and he cares about it more than you do, so he also cares about your interests and goals too. After all he’s our creator, who knows us better than the creator?

Having done all that’s said in these verses, how is my life now?

People still try to take important decisions concerning my life, my career is still stagnant, I am still keen on pursuing my goals but I don’t feel powerless anymore. The condition is same but I am not the same person that I was before, my perspective towards my life changed, I don’t mumble or grumble anymore rather I learnt to thank God for all that I have and slowly I realised once upon a time I prayed to God for a job that I have today, so why should I murmur when it’s not fine. People make decisions for me, but if not God, who is going to make it work? So, I just thank God for keeping better blessings in store for me though I can’t see it.

There is still turmoil around, but that does not disturb my peace and that does not stop me from foreseeing a prosperous future with him.

 

 

Uneven path

Today’s one word prompt: Uneven

The path looks uneven, 

Life seems unfair.

With too many ups and downs, 

My hope is in the drain.

When I can do nothing, I realize God has control,

For he chooses the powerless and use them in his own way.

When the path seems rough, always remember,

His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

Queen Vashti or Esther

For today’s one word prompt: Fortune

Long ago there was a lovely queen named Vashti,

Who lost her fame like the wild flowers that vanishes quickly,

She was wiped out of her peoples’ memory.

But what crime did she commit?

Only the King’s order did she resist.

Soon she was overthrown from her status,

And very soon the King started looking for another mate.

The kingdom wide hunt brought a modest queen in place,

From being an orphan girl to a Queen, truly Esther had some talent.

Is it Vashti’s misfortune or Esther’s fortune still in question?

Surely Esther did have something special that Vashti missed.

Finding favour in the eyes of men just won’t happen occult

Without the inner beauty how can one be lovely outside?

Putting others before her own life, how did she even attempt it?

Without God by her side, how could she dare to make a sacrifice?

How could it be just a fortune?

Is death a curse?

“but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die”. -Genesis 2:17

This certainly sounds like a punishment for disobedience. And disobedience is a sin. Death came into this world through sin; and who sinned here is the first man and woman whom god created in his own image. God said for when you eat from it you will certainly die, death was not designed as part of human life until Adam and Eve sinned.
Now that sin entered the world and as a result death into our lives, what happens to a person after death is still a mystery. But Bible compares death to sleep.

“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun”. -Ecclesiastes 9:5

Did God create us only to see us die? No. God does not want us to be lost in death forever. Rather, he wants us to spend our life eternally in his kingdom- which is the actual purpose of creating us. We have hope that death is not the end of our existence, we have an immortal life to live. The way to such a life is Jesus Christ and the good news is he has already did his part on the cross so that we can victoriously raise from death.

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned”. -Romans 5:12

One man brought sin into this world for all the mankind and God by his grace sacrificed his only son as a penalty for each individual’s sin in order to reconcile the relationship between man and God that was long lost in Eden. This explains the reason why Jesus Christ was born on earth. So that by his blood we be clean.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16

Is death really a curse? 

Well, It might appear as one but it actually is surrendering the soul back to the God who gave it and resting in the grave until Jesus Christ calls us in his second coming.

“and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” -Ecclesiastes 12:7

But why die? This is because we cannot enter God’s kingdom with this sinful body, there needs to be a transformation both in heart and body. By receiving Jesus Christ as our savior we can assure a place in his family and by losing this body in death we lose our earthly self.

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” -1 Corinthians 15:50

It is the effort made by God to restore the glory that mankind lost because of sin. The kind of life that we live now and death are just different stages of the whole process, in a way to enter his kingdom. Never forget the fact that we will all be resurrected to immortal life someday.

Bible- The word of God

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The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where the joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of man’s heart.                                  Hebrews 4:12

Bible is the holy scriptures of Christians. Widely called as the word of God, it is inspired by God himself and “is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking the error, correcting the faults and giving instruction for right living” as mentioned in one of the books of the bible, 2 Timothy 3:16. It is a collection of books and letters that was written several years ago by not just one author but several authors(the most interesting part here is, the authors of these books are from different professional backgrounds like Kings, Farmers, Shepherds, Priest and Tax-collector etc) who lived at different period of time and belonged to different geographic locations.

What’s more amazing is that this book does not just have stories about faithful, loving, obedient or godly figures but also about the imperfect life of mankind, about rulers and leaders who started their life as a shepherd and slave. They all lived an imperfect life just like you and me! God through his love perfected all the imperfections in their lives which is why we can still trust the word of God, even today and forever. It is never outdated.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But by the free gift of God’s grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free. Romans 3:23-24

There are so many good and bad examples in bible whom we can very much relate to our personal lives even today and learn from them. The mistakes we commit today, they already did. I will be writing about a few interesting biblical characters in my future posts who astonished me.