Pray Without Tiredness – Prayer is a request that we hope for and will definitely happen. This is not just an ordinary saying, but contains a basic truth and is an important requirement for human life, such as the importance of breath for human life. We may spend more time doing our work and busy doing our daily activities.

In fact, we as followers of Christ must give ourselves time first to pray as the Lord Jesus did early in the morning. He prayed before carrying out His Work and Activities (Mark 1:35).

Prayer is a simple action that can be done anywhere and at any time and is not limited by time and space. Just like Jonah who prayed in the belly of the fish, he prayed in very difficult situations and conditions, but he still remembered to pray (Jonah 2:1). Maybe we pray when we want to eat, when we are worshiping, when we are alone, in quiet time, when visiting sick people, in times of distress and despair, or when we are very happy, we pray.

There are some people who may no longer pray because of their busy schedules in their daily activities. Maybe there are people who used to pray diligently but because God never answered their prayers, they no longer pray at all. He thought that God did not hear his prayers. What’s even sadder is that there are those who think prayer is meaningless and of no use at all.

But God’s Word clearly says that the prayer of a righteous person, when prayed with confidence, has great power (James 5:16). The Lord Jesus guarantees that whatever we ask in prayer with full confidence, we will receive it (Matthew 22:21).

But a question arises for us, is it in this digital era, are there still people who pray tirelessly? Indeed, this doubt has existed since the time of Jesus. And in the Sermon on the Mount, Lord Jesus firmly said: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.”

There are three important points from this verse which will be explained below:

First, Ask. Asking means we are aware of our needs (Philippians 4:6). God teaches us to ask based on what we need, and not what we want. Especially if we ask or pray only to satisfy our desires. (James 4:3).

Asking means we are aware of our abilities (John 15:7). We are like branches that cannot do anything apart from the vine, namely the Lord Jesus Christ.

Asking means we are hoping for the Giver (Matthew 8:2). When we pray, we hope for Jesus Christ as the Answerer of prayer. We are compared to a leper who came to the Lord Jesus to cleanse his leprosy. In this case, the Lord Jesus was not only able to cleanse the leper, but moreover He was willing and willing to cleanse the leper. Likewise with our prayers to God, He is always willing and willing to answer our prayers.

Second, look for it. To seek means not to remain silent, but to strive (Matthew 13:45). In waiting for the answer to our prayers, we must not remain silent but must do something that is our part, until God answers our prayers, which are His part.

Searching means using all available facilities (eyes, feet, brain, hands) (Jeremiah 29:7). The prophet Jeremiah was told by God to pray and seek prosperity in the city where they were exiled, namely Babylon.

Likewise, we must pray and try by mobilizing all our efforts, energy and thoughts for the welfare of our family, neighbors, community, government and nation and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia because the welfare of the nation and country where we are is our welfare too.

Third, tap. Knocking requires patience and steadfastness (Romans 12:12). The Apostle Paul reminded the congregation in Rome to always be patient and steadfast in waiting for answers to prayer and not to knock on other doors than God’s.

Knocking is a repetitive action (Luke 18:1-8). The Lord Jesus taught that when it comes to praying, it should be done diligently and repeatedly. Why did the Lord Jesus take the parable of a widow who pleaded with a tyrannical judge to defend her case? The answer was, because of perseverance and patience and not getting tired of coming to plead with the tyrannical judge, his request was granted by the tyrannical judge, even though the tyrannical judge did not fear God and did not respect anyone.

Won’t God justify His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Surely God will answer our prayers that sincerely ask Him, because He is a good Father.

As God’s children who have been allowed by Him, let us pray tirelessly for our families, neighbors, community, government to be given wisdom and wisdom in carrying out our duties and responsibilities to bring prosperity to the nation and the United State of the Republic of Indonesia, may the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ joins and blesses us all. Amen.

God Is Willing and Able

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Many things are happening right now. The pandemic has caused everything to change. The world is changing, and our circumstances are changing too. What used to be years of success and prosperity are quickly turning into failure and sorrowful situations.

But, whatever is happening right now, the world may change and life may change, but we have a God who never changes.

In times like these, some of us may have lost direction and purpose in life, and even faced rejection. With this, I invite my beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, to look to God and run to Him because He is a strong tower.

Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

God is willing to help us and open Himself to us. It is an invitation from Jesus to us in these times that God is willing and able to help us. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

God is willing and able to do everything for us if:

  1. We come to Him.

Coming to God is not just a one-time thing, but it must be continuous. Because He always opens Himself to us in the midst of any situation.

The word of God, Matthew 11:28, begins with the words “Come to Me,” showing how much God cares about our lives. He wants us to always be close to Him and never give up or stop coming to Him.

  1. We are willing to learn from Him.

Matthew 11:29 says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

God is a good teacher who always makes time to teach us many things, especially in the midst of such situations. Many of us no longer know the direction and purpose of our lives, and even our minds have reached a dead end.

The way God teaches us is different from the way humans teach. Sometimes there are many things we don’t understand, but He understands, and perhaps what we don’t know, He knows very well. Believe that every problem we face is a learning process in this life. God’s eyes are always on us. He teaches us the paths we must take.

Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Learning from God helps us understand what God’s plan is for our lives.

  1. We continue to believe in His promises.

Matthew 11:30 says, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” A promise from God through the above scripture that every burden we face, if we are willing to come to Him and learn from Him, we become His partner. Thus, the burden we face will not be heavy because it has been carried and borne by Him. We never bear it alone because we are God’s partners. He who willingly died for us, even died on the cross, gave His life for us.

God’s promises never change. Perhaps at this moment, we continue to pray and even wonder why God does not stop the Covid pandemic? Never ask why, but continue to learn to understand God’s promises through His word.

Because the Word is God Himself, and the Word is alive and real within us.

Luke 11:10 says, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Are we knocking on God’s door right now? Or whose door are we knocking on?

Return to God and believe in His promises. When we ask, we receive. When we seek, we find. When we knock, the door is opened to each one of us.

God declares His ability that He can do anything. Luke 1:37 says, “For no word from God will ever fail.”

Believe, my brothers and sisters, that God is willing and able to do everything in our lives. Because He is a God who cares and understands. God bless you all.

Religious Moderation and Life Service – This week’s study focuses on the Word of God taken from: Luke 10:30-35

  1. Jesus replied: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'”

We are grateful to the Lord that we are placed in this pluralistic Indonesia. Indonesia, consisting of thousands of islands, has a population of around 280 million people. We live amidst diversity; in ethnicity, language, and religion. Thus, our nation is known as a multicultural nation.

How do we as Christians live amidst this diversity? How can we live harmoniously and in peace with those who are different from us?

The Lord Jesus teaches us to love our fellow human beings as ourselves. This is very understandable, for it is the same Lord who created us and others.

God loves all humans regardless of their ethnic background, nationality, culture, language, or religion. God gives the sun to both the good and the evil. He also gives seasons to all human beings. We are all fellow creatures of God.

There are several things that indicate that all human beings are the same, namely:

  1. All humans are created by the same God – Eph. 2:10
  2. All humans are created in the image and likeness of God – Gen. 1:26
  3. All humans have a spirit within them to worship God – Zech. 12:1, John 4:24
  4. All humans are vessels to be filled by God – Rom. 9:21-23
  5. God loves all humans – John 3:16
  6. God desires all humans to be saved – 1 Tim. 2:3-4
  7. The Lord Jesus died for all humans – Rom. 5:8

Thus, we can understand that we are all the same. In order for us to live in harmony and peace in the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, we need to see our similarities with others so that we can pay attention to each other, help each other, and cooperate and collaborate to realize a better life.

The above Word of God teaches us that not only can we live in harmony with those who are different from us, but we can also help and serve those who are not the same as us. The Lord Jesus conveyed this to answer a question from a Torah expert who asked who our fellow human beings are. The passage above shows us that there was a man who was robbed and violently attacked. Not only was his property stolen, but he was also beaten and left half-dead.

We might ask: Who is this person who was robbed? Although it is not clearly stated about his ethnicity, nationality, or religion, since these words were spoken by the Lord Jesus to answer a question from a Torah expert and because the person who was robbed came from Jerusalem, we can know that the person who was robbed was a Jew.

At that time, there was a prevailing chauvinistic view that considered fellow beings to be of the same race and religion. Samaria was a major area in the northern part of the state of Israel, also its capital city (1 Kings 16:24, 29). Around 700 BC, the Assyrians conquered this place, then brought people from Babylon and pagan nations to inhabit it (2 Kings 17:6, 24). Since then, the inhabitants there (the Samaritans) became a mixed-blood society between pagans and Jews. But the Jews did not recognize them as part of the Jewish people.

When seeing that there was someone who really needed help, the heart of this Samaritan was moved by compassion, immediately helping the person who was almost dying. Actually, this Samaritan had many reasons not to help: the Jews were not friendly with the Samaritans; the Jews did not consider the Samaritans as part of the Jewish people; the Jews avoided socializing or even crossing paths with the Samaritans; the Jews considered the Samaritans as second-class citizens.

I am reminded of Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, a figure of religious moderation, who said: “Religious moderation never uses terms like ‘enemy,’ ‘opponent,’ ‘fight,’ or ‘eliminate’ against those who are considered excessive and beyond the limits in religion. Because the goal of religious moderation is to invite, embrace, and bring those who are considered excessive and beyond the limits, to be willing to come to the middle for a fairer and more balanced approach to religion. Furthermore, in religious moderation, there is no such thing as an enemy and hostility, but rather guidance and comfort for even the most extreme.”

Thus, we know that in terms of religious moderation, it is not the religion that needs to be moderated but the way we practice religion, the implementation of religion in daily life that needs to be moderated.

Brothers and sisters, perhaps you are a public official or a community leader, perhaps you are a leader in a company, or perhaps you are a civil servant. The Lord has placed us in this multicultural country. Whoever we are, we are Samaritans today, we are servants of the Lord, whom the Lord has placed in our respective positions, we are servants of life.

Although the Samaritan was not regarded by the Jews, as soon as he saw the dying man, he immediately helped him, without asking about his religion, identity, or even questioning how the Jews had treated the Samaritans up to that point. May the Lord continue to bless us, so that our hearts are preserved like this Samaritan, easily moved by compassion. If someone is not a fellow believer, they are certainly a brother in humanity. Amen.

Living in Harmony with the Holy Spirit – Overall, the Book of Galatians has a central theme, which is freedom or liberty. This is not a ticket mpo slot to continue living in sin. Instead, it is the Christian freedom that enables us to be more in tune with God’s will. It is also the power of Christians to live in victory over sin that comes solely from the Holy Spirit.

From the perspective of Galatians, chapter 5 generally begins with news about Christian Freedom. The key sentence in this chapter is “Christ has set us free from the power of sin and death” (Galatians 5:1). Therefore, we are no longer slaves to sin, but we live led by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16).

This means that with Christ, our lives begin to be enriched with the fruits of the Spirit. That is the life that Christ desires for His people. In his explanation, the Apostle Paul, as the author of the letter to the Galatians, reminds us that we belong to Christ. It means that we need to crucify the flesh with all its desires and passions. Only after that can our lives be led by the Spirit prediksi gunung kawi.

Galatians 5:25, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” In this verse, there is a phrase that is a repetition of verse 16a, which has the same meaning but with a different emphasis. The difference in verse 16a is:

First, live by the Spirit. The phrase in Greek is “pneumati peripateite.” This phrase is interpreted as “walk by/with/in the Spirit.” The command peripateite (walk/live) comes from the root word “peripateô.”

Second, live by the Spirit. This is a translation of the Greek text “zômen Pneumati”. The word zômen (live) is rooted in the word zaô referring to a good and orderly life. While pneumati (Spirit) is rooted in the Greek word pneuma which means wind, air, or breath; the Holy Spirit is the one who gives the breath of life. Thus, the journey referred to here shows an official journey, walking to carry out a certain mandate; it means walking according to the guidelines—marching in line, lining up in a military row, disciplined steps.

Living in harmony with the Holy Spirit implies that we walk formally, in line with disciplined steps according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the journey of Christians is a journey to carry out the sacred mission of God, which always remains focused on God’s purpose for this world, and the entire journey will continue to be controlled by God Himself. This is not just an ordinary journey, but it is a journey of grace accompanied and led by God Himself. Truly amazing.

Referring to all the meanings above, living in harmony with the Holy Spirit in the context of Indonesian society, which has diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions, then it is only right that Christians should be able to maintain a ‘rhythm’ of brotherhood based on love. The Lord Jesus summarized all the laws of the Torah in two main laws, as in the Gospel of Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said to him: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. This means that the journey of becoming a Christian is a journey that upholds the dignity of humans as fellow creations of God.

There are several impacts that can be seen regarding living in harmony with the Holy Spirit. First, living in harmony with God. A life that is in harmony with the Holy Spirit is God’s purpose for humanity. In the Bible, we actually find many people who are willing to live in harmony with God. Genesis 5:22 says, “Enoch walked with God…” meaning Enoch’s life rhythm was in harmony with God. Enoch lived in a time when people did not remember God. They forgot God, and God was outside their lives. But Enoch was different from the people of his time.

Second, living in harmony with others. The journey of a Christian is not a solitary journey, but a journey together with others. In the journey together with others, then all differences are a wealth to be grateful for. Through a journey full of differences, the fruits of the spirit become more alive and real, expressing our identity as Christians. In Galatians 5:22-23 Paulus explains the fruit of the Spirit as follows: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Third, living in harmony with nature or other created beings. Through nature, God provides human needs to be enjoyed. Currently, the phenomenon of environmental damage has become a globally relevant issue that needs to be addressed wisely and judiciously. Environmental destruction, exploitation of the sea, and indiscriminate waste disposal are scenes that occur everywhere. Yet in Genesis 1: 11, 12, 26, 28 it gives scriptural clarity that responsibility is given over the earth/land. Specifically in verse 28, “And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'”

Humanity rules the earth, not based on human rights, but based on trust from God. Let us maintain the harmony of this life so that the earth becomes a comfortable place for all of God’s creation. Amen.

Jesus Christ the Passover Lamb – Ladies and gentlemen, and beloved brothers and sisters, the lyrics of any song always encapsulate the heart, feelings, or expressions of its writer about something that they then pour into a song. For example, the song “Amazing Grace,” a very popular Christian hymn, written by John Newton. This song reflects John Newton’s story when he was on a ship caught in a storm. In the midst of his fear in that storm, John prayed, surrendering his life, and then he felt the grace of salvation from God. This song became a sign of spiritual repentance for John Newton, who was previously a wicked man involved in human trafficking but later turned into a priest. Similarly, Psalm 114:1-8, which serves as today’s word of God, is a song written based on memories of an extraordinary history experienced by the people of Israel.

Explanation of the Scripture

Psalm 114 is a song born out of the event of the exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt. This psalm is a summary of the events experienced by the people of Israel, which is used as a Passover hymn. According to Israel’s tradition records, when celebrating Passover in the context of the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt, they sit down to enjoy a meal of unleavened bread. At that time, this psalm would usually be sung, as a reminder of God’s miracles in their lives.

Verses 1-2 in this text talk about the separation that God made for the people of Israel from foreign nations. In the second verse, there is a declaration that Judah is a sacred place, and Israel belongs to God.

Verses 3-4 in this text speak of the miracles performed by God in the process of the Israelites’ exodus. The crossing of the Red Sea, the River Jordan pushed back, and the mountains skipping like rams, likely referring to the shaking experienced by Mount Sinai.

Verses 5-6 are a rhetorical question about who the cause of everything that happens in the third verse to its fourth. This question is then closed with an answer in verses 7-8 about God’s presence for the people of Israel. God’s presence is the cause of everything that happens. The liberation that Israel received is solely because of God’s miracles and grace.


Ladies and gentlemen, this psalm is a song that serves as a reminder for the people of Israel about what God has done in their lives. A great work that was not even understood by Moses initially became a wonderful reality for the entire nation of Israel that they were freed from the land of slavery. Reflecting on this, what message can we take from the word?

Nothing is impossible for God. The miracles that happened to the people of Israel explain God’s extraordinary nature for His people’s lives. If we are currently in a difficult situation, faced with a problem, we are invited to always call on God as our Savior. Because we as Christians who have been redeemed by Christ also belong to God. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Even in difficult circumstances, through this text, we are invited to remember the miracles that God has done in our lives. By remembering, we can realize that God’s power is never absent from our lives. This will also help us to continue to be thankful for life.
Like the people of Israel who have been freed from slavery, currently, as Christians, we have also enjoyed the work of God’s liberation in our lives. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been released from the slavery of sin. Therefore, we are invited to be grateful for what God has done for our lives.
There is nothing we can boast about in our lives in this world, as what happened with the people of Israel in this text. God is the one who plays a central role, without God’s intervention, nothing can happen to the people of Israel. Our lives are solely because of God’s grace and mercy.

Live With Wisdom – I convey this to my fellow believers and fellow countrymen in Indonesia. All praise and gratitude goes to God’s presence for all God’s goodness that we are enjoying right now.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us meditate together on God’s Word this morning which is taken from the Book of Colossians 4:5-6 which reads as follows: “Live wisely among the pagans, and make the best use of every day.” chance. Keep your conversations friendly and interesting so you’ll get appropriate responses from everyone.”

When I read the book of Colossians, I was reminded of the lives of believers at that time who were faced with challenges from outside parties who challenged the Christian faith, namely denying the divinity of Jesus Christ. Similar things are happening around us today. There are some people whose faith is weak. Therefore, Paul reminds us that we must grow and be rooted in Christ (2:6-7). There are also people who believe in the influence of empty myths and philosophies, turning away from their original faith in Christ and disrupting relationships with each other.

In fact, the situation and conditions we are currently experiencing are not much different from the past. Often we are faced with difficult situations and conditions in various aspects of life. We are faced with a national crisis, a humanitarian crisis and a crisis of faith. Therefore, my brothers, I appeal to all Christians wherever we are, to reflect deeply on how we and our brothers should take the attitude commanded by the Apostle Paul in his letter.

There are three things we must do to maintain harmonious relations in church and state life. First: Live wisely (verse 5). As believers in Christ, I am sure that we will be given wisdom by God through the Holy Spirit who resides and governs our lives. Jesus Christ is God’s wisdom for us. The wisdom from above is pure, peaceful, friendly, obedient, full of compassion and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3:17). As believers, we must not be jealous, not be selfish, not be arrogant, and not lie about the truth (James 3:14).

In facing all life’s problems, our role as Christians is to actively contribute to the government in building this great nation. I am proud as the successor of the past generation who gave birth to Pancasila as the basis of our country, I am proud of all government institutions, DPR, MPR as a form of democracy as policy makers and law makers, I am proud of the civil servants who we are called to be servants of the state, Likewise, in whatever institution we work, we must have thoughts and express our stance with God’s wisdom. Paul emphasized that we as God’s church must live wisely towards people outside the faith.

Second, as believers in Jesus Christ, we must make the best use of the time we have (verse 5b). Brothers and sisters, wherever you are and work, we should be grateful to God who has given us the time or opportunity to breathe, live and work, both as public and private employees. All of this is a gift and the result of hard struggle to obtain it. Let’s improve our respective performance, so that God’s name will be glorified through our lives. As Paul emphasized, whatever we do, do it wholeheartedly as for the Lord.

My brothers, beloved church of God. God wants us to use the time He gives us. Have we taken advantage of the opportunity to serve society, the opportunity to serve God to the maximum? Paul says I have worked harder than any of the other apostles. With my own hands I work to meet my own needs and the needs of my friends (Acts 20:34). Don’t waste your time, use the opportunities that exist and serve others.

Third, live with love (verse 6). Paul emphasizes that your words should be full of love, not bland, so that you know how to respond to everyone.

My brother, as Christians, as servants of God, as children of God, we have been given wisdom by God. The Holy Spirit rules our lives, leads our lives. We have been given the gift of salvation freely through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are given the right and power to express our faith to our brothers who do not know, do not understand, do not yet experience the love of salvation in Jesus. Our responsibility is to love them not only with wealth, but how we are required to testify to the goodness of God who has saved us from the mire of sin and saved us from death.

Are we ready to take responsibility for our faith? Our life, our words are living witnesses for everyone. Therefore, guard our thoughts, our words. Use them to build. Because you are the salt of the earth.

I am confident that as Christians, we will be able to live wisely, and continue to work and live full of love as brothers in faith, brothers and sisters. May God bless your work, bless your life, and bless our nation. Amen

God’s Plan Never Fails

 God's Plan Never Fails

Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

Shalom. Brothers and sisters in Christ’s love. Perhaps on this earth, there is no one who has experienced suffering as severe as Job’s. Why? Job experienced extraordinary suffering. Job lost all his sons and daughters. Not stopping there, Job also lost all his wealth at the same time. (Job 1:13-19)

And the suffering didn’t stop there; Job suffered from head to toe. (Job 2:7)

But Job’s suffering didn’t stop there either; Job’s wife cursed him (Job 2:9 Then his wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”). Job’s friends who came to him did not strengthen him, but they seemed to accuse Job of doing something unworthy or accuse Job of sinning against God.

We can imagine and feel if we were Job. We would experience extraordinary suffering. Losing all the beloved children, losing all wealth, getting sick all over the body, having our wives against us, and also friends accusing us.

There is one word that can summarize all of Job’s suffering, namely “LOSS”. Job lost his sons. Job lost his wealth. Job lost his health. Job lost his wife. Job lost his friends.

If we read why Job experienced this suffering? The answer is because Job loved God, because Job feared God. We all worship God so that we are kept away from all dangers and suffering. But Job experienced LOSS of everything because of his loyalty to God.

Then what if this happens to us? We are faithful to God with a genuine fear of God, but we experience tremendous suffering? When the devil tried Job, God didn’t speak to Job at all. God didn’t answer Job’s prayers.

If God had told Job, “Job, later the devil will try you with all great trials, but don’t be afraid I am with you”. Surely Job would be strong, Job would answer God: “Okay God, I’m ready”. But the reality is God didn’t tell anything to Job. Job wanted to bring this matter to God, but God remained SILENT. (Job 23:4 “I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.”)

Instead, in God’s SILENCE, God is working. God proves that all the accusations of the devil against Job are wrong. Job loves God not because of all the gifts of God but Job loves God himself. Job loves the Giver, not his gifts (Job 1:21 he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”)

Perhaps you are currently experiencing a major problem and God is silent. You have prayed, you have cried out to God. But God remains SILENT. But through Job, we learn that when God is silent, God is working for His glory. When God tested Job, whether he loved God because of God’s gifts or God himself, God took away all His gifts to Job. And we will see what Job’s reaction is.

Likewise, with us. Currently understanding that Job lost all the gifts of God, but Job still loves the Giver. Because there is still something left for Job. Namely, when Job is tested by the devil, God says: just spare his life. (Job 2:6)

We must be grateful to God for whatever He still entrusts to us. (There is still something left for us) Because God will surely still give us something. And even if we have to lose our lives, we still have Jesus who cannot be taken from us. (Romans 8:39) We are grateful not because of the situation or condition, but we are grateful because we have JESUS.

If we are grateful for the gifts of God, while we live, we get older, we lose more and more. When we were babies, we were pampered and lived leisurely. But as we grow up, we have to learn to walk on our own. We lose the embrace of our parents and have to start school. We lose time to relax and play. Then we start graduating from school and have to earn money, starting to lose comfort and worry about the future. And continue to mature until finally aging and starting to lose our health. At its peak, we will lose our lives. Yes, that’s life, if we live gratefully for the situation and condition, then our lives will be full of loss. But if we live because we have Jesus, then peace, joy, and thanksgiving will never be lost in our lives.

So God proved the devil’s accusation wrong against Job, through God allowing the devil to take away everything Job had, including his health and what he loved. And God was silent. But in all this, God works in His own way (Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.)

God’s plan for Job happened, Job remained faithful and loved God. Job remained hopeful and relied on God. So Job said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. (Job 42:2) And God restored Job, and Job received twice as much as what he had before. (Job 42:10)

We learn a lot from Job’s experience. Job had the lowest standard of living, namely he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised!” (Job 1:21)

If we die wearing clothes, and using a coffin, that is an advantage that we have. This is not easy for us to understand and feel. For that, we need the strength of the Holy Spirit who always accompanies us. We also learn that God’s silence is a time when God works to see our faith.

When we lose the gifts of God, what is our reaction? Do we complain, grumble, or get angry with God? Moreover, we are tested because of our obedience to God. Because of our loyalty to God, we experience trials. This feels unfair to us. But that’s where God works to overcome all the devil’s accusations against Job. God has a beautiful plan for all of us.

Let us walk in God’s plan. Although sometimes God does not reveal His plan to us. There is one thing we must hold onto, namely GOD is GOOD. He will not harm us. He has a beautiful plan. Although we may not see His face, not hear the voice of God, still believe in Him. (Matthew 5:36B “Do not be afraid, just believe!”). May the Lord Jesus bless you. Amen.

Never Get Tired of Reading God’s Word

Never Get Tired of Reading God's Word – In our daily life, maybe we often read textbooks to add insight or knowledge. Even in spirituality, we also need to increase our insight and knowledge about God by reading God’s Word.

Maybe there is a question in our minds, what is the importance of reading God’s Word? As people who believe in the Lord Jesus, the word of God is something that is important for our lives. This is as written in Matthew 4:4, But Jesus answered: “It is written: Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

In this passage from God’s word, it is clearly said that every people created by God apart from physical food, we also need spiritual food. So as followers of Christ we need to consume spiritual food, namely the word of God by reading and meditating on it in our hearts. Because, by reading God’s word, we are sure that we will get benefits or uses that are very important in our spiritual life.
The first thing we gain from reading God’s word is training ourselves to worship. This is as it is written in 1 Timothy 4:8, Physical exercise is of limited benefit, but godliness is profitable for everything, because it holds promise, both for this life and for the life to come.

God’s Word clearly says that when we train ourselves in worshiping God, apart from being beneficial in our current life, it will also be beneficial or beneficial for our future life.

In fact, if we read in verse 10: That is why we labor and strive, because we put our hope in the living God, the Savior of all mankind, especially those who believe. It is not an easy thing for us to train ourselves in worship but it requires struggle and we must do it with all our heart and a longing heart because without a longing and thirsty heart it will be difficult for us to do it.

In fact, nowadays, with the sophistication of technology, humans tend to like worldly things more than spiritual things. So in today’s modern era, people spend more time with worldly things without thinking about how the heart of God, the creator and who is always good for us, feels.

Therefore, as children of God, we should be able to use sophisticated technology created by experts. They have created a very sophisticated tool to facilitate or make it easier for us to access spiritual things such as cellphones. Now we can make Bible applications on our cellphones. So we only need awareness or instill a love within ourselves to read the Bible, because wherever we are now, whether in the office or on a trip, we can access or open the Bible and read it.

Second, the benefit or utility of reading God’s word is to train ourselves to divide our time. We know that currently there are many people who cannot manage their time and only do work activities and do not think about their spiritual food. As followers of Christ, we must also divide our time in reading God’s word because we know that when we read God’s word we gain strength and peace of mind. Because, God’s word is a lamp for our feet and a stick in navigating the life that God still gives us.

In fact, we know that God’s word can be said to be our weapon against every power and deception of Satan. Therefore, let us as God’s people give our time to reading God’s word and never get bored of reading God’s word because when we read and hear God’s word we gain victory and strength. Lord Jesus bless us.

Sacrifice That Brings Change

Sacrifice That Brings Change

“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and by grace have been justified freely, through the redemption in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3: 23-24)

Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the church in Rome explaining the position or status of human existence before God. In Romans 3:23, Apostle Paul stated that all have sinned, and have fallen short of the glory of God. This means that everyone realizes that since humans fall into sin, they are declared as unrighteous or guilty and will receive punishment from God.

Next, the Apostle Paul explains how humans gain salvation. In Romans 3: 24, the Apostle Paul explains that salvation is obtained not by human effort but by grace, through faith in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sacrifice is a gift based on moral awareness, sincere, selfless and without any agreements. Sacrifice is the result of devotion. Sacrifice is based on “God’s Love for Man” (John 3: 16).

The Apostle Paul explained “Sacrifice as referred to is a suffering carried out by Jesus Christ until his death on the cross because he bore the sins of the world based on God’s love for humans.

Next in verse 24, the Apostle Paul explains the impact of a sacrifice. The sacrifice of the Lord Jesus was not an act in vain, but had the effect of changing the status of human life. That is, humans who are unrighteous or guilty have been justified through faith in the atonement of the Lord Jesus on the cross.

The Apostle Paul concluded in his letter that salvation is only obtained through grace, namely through faith in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Amen

Distressed Soul

Distressed Soul – This week’s reflection raises the theme of the Depressed Soul. In Psalm 42:6 it is mentioned, “Why are you distressed, O my soul, and troubled within me? Hope in God! Because I will be grateful to Him, my helper and my God!”

Someone came to a psychologist for a consultation. This person complains that his life is very stressful, full of shocks. At night, he can’t sleep so he has to take sleeping pills, he doesn’t eat well, and there are many other things he complains about.

He wants to be free from this pressure, so he can be happy, free from worry, lingering anxiety, and free from various things that stress his soul.

So what was the famous psychologist’s answer? He answered, I suggest that you be happy in this life. Go see the famous comedy show that will be performing tonight. You will definitely laugh, your stomach will shake and be happy and you will shed tears of joy.

Then the person answered, “no need”. The psychologist asked in surprise, “Why?”. Because the famous comedian who will appear tonight is myself.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many people to experience mental stress. There are people who are forced to be happy and happy, but in fact inside themselves they keep and hide the stress in their soul. His face was laughing but his heart was crying (sad).

During this pandemic, many are suffering from mental stress. As a result, people become unable to sleep, their appetite decreases, the food they enter their mouth tastes bland, their digestion is disturbed, they become weak and lethargic, they get headaches, they get cold.

Mental stress is not only present in today’s age, but many people have experienced it since ancient times. In the Bible, Jeremiah Chapter 20: 7-15 explains:

Verse 7: You have persuaded me, O LORD, and I have allowed myself to be persuaded; You are too strong for me and You put me down. I have been a laughingstock all day, they all make fun of me.

Verse 8: For every time I speak, I am forced to shout, forced to cry out: “Injustice! Persecution!” For the word of the LORD has been a reproach and a mockery to me, all day long.

Verse 9: But when I think: “I don’t want to remember Him and I don’t want to say a word anymore for His name”, then in my heart there is something like a burning fire, confined in my bones; I tried to hold it back, but I couldn’t.

Verse 10: I have heard the whispers of many people: “Terror comes from all directions! Complain about him! We want to complain about him!” All my close friends are watching to see if I stumble: “Perhaps he allows himself to be persuaded, so that we can defeat him and can do our revenge on him!”

Verse 11: But the LORD is with me like a valiant warrior, therefore those who pursue me will stumble and fall and they will not be able to do anything. They will be ashamed, because they did not succeed, a stain that will never be forgotten!

Verse 12: O LORD of the universe, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the heart, let me see Your vengeance against them, because I entrust my affairs to You.

Verse 13: Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD! Because he has freed the lives of the poor from the hands of those who do evil.

Verse 15: Cursed is the person who brings news to my father saying: “A son has been born to you!” which made him greatly rejoice.

Jeremiah complained: why do I, who serve faithfully, experience suffering? Why should my life be in danger? Depressed people generally consider themselves to be the people who suffer the most in life, consider themselves the most difficult, this is what happened to the Prophet Jeremiah.

If we can escape mental stress or depression, then we are truly happy. Our life is full of hope, laughter, sincere smiles, and everyone is happy at home.

So, in Psalm 42: 6 which has been written in the beginning it is mentioned, “Why are you distressed, O my soul, and restless within me? Hope in God! Because I will be grateful to Him, my helper and my God! give 4 things that we must do in order to get rid of depression or mental stress.”

There are a number of messages that we can take from Psalm 42: 6.
1. Hope in God
Hope in God means full trust in God. In Proverbs chapter 3: 5 and 6 it is mentioned, Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Verse 5). Acknowledge Him in all your actions, then He will make your path straight. Let us not run to soothsayers or paranormals (Verse 6).

In Psalm 37:5 it is also mentioned, Surrender your life to the Lord and trust in Him, and He will act. God never lies with what he promises, so God will keep his promise and help us when we really hope for it.

In Isaiah 41: 10 it is explained, Do not be afraid, because I am with you, do not worry, because I am your God; I will strengthen, even help you; I will hold you with My right hand that brings victory.

2. Be thankful to God
In 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 it is mentioned, Be thankful in everything, because that is what God wants in Christ Jesus for you.

If we want to be helped by Allah, we must first be grateful for what we have. If we are not grateful for what we have, we will experience depression or mental stress. As God’s children, it would be good if we always said that whatever I have now, I am still grateful to God.

The ability to be grateful to God, will help us look forward instead of continuously looking back in our lives. Always be grateful and that will make us think positively about everything.

Psalm 46:2, We must trust God to help us with every problem we face. God is for us a place of refuge and strength, as a helper in trouble is very evident.

1 Corinthians 10: 13: “The trials you experience are ordinary trials, which do not exceed human strength. For God is faithful and therefore He will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. When you are tempted He will give you a way out, so that you can endure it.”

If you don’t believe that God is able to help, then that is a very big loss. We must believe that miracles still exist today.

Psalm 25:14, God is intimate with those who fear Him, and He tells them His covenant. Associate with God closely or very closely. David never said our God or their God, David always said God is my God.

God will definitely help us. He will not let us continue to struggle. Whatever happens in our lives, either before or during this pandemic, let us now free our lives from the heavy pressure that is pressing. Let us hope in Allah with all our hearts, thank Allah. We believe in Allah with all our hearts. Remember, apart from God, everything is in vain. Amen.

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