Friday, October 21, 2016

The Significance of Our Situations

UV 2100/10000 The Significance of Our Situations
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
John 13 v 7

Jesus was referring in this uni-verse to His washing the feet of the disciples. He told them that they did not understand the meaning or significance of His acts at the time but in due time, they would understand. Similarly, when we spend time in the presence of the Lord, we might not understand the importance at the time but in due time, we would realize the meaning and receive the blessings. The Holy Spirit would bring into our remembrance the word spoken to us in the past. Jesus Himself explained to the two grieving believers who were on the road to Emmaus that He had taught them that He would be crucified and that He would rise again on the third day.

Every seemingly insignificant event in our lives, every seemingly insignificant word we hear, every seemingly insignificant circumstance and situation, the Lord will turn it into a source of comfort, meaning, significance and blessing in our lives. Spending time daily in prayer and in meditating on His word has a huge impact on our lives. We should not grudge these moments but treasure these times greatly. These times and acts become the triggers of great blessing and source of great strength and comfort in our lives. The Lord who alone knows the end from the beginning will cause events to unfold, to give us revelations and visions. We need to be patient, faithful and expectant. We need not bemoan like Solomon that all is vain, everything is a chasing of the wind. Instead, we should believe and affirm with our hearts and mouths that everything is meaningful and fruitful in the Lord. The absence of the Lord makes everything meaningless- the wisdom, the pleasures, the treasures, the strength, the accomplishments, the learning of this world. The presence of the Lord or the personal knowledge of the Lord as Saviour, Friend and Master makes everything and every moment meaningful and graceful.

As we lean on the Lord for understanding of life, He will reveal His plan and will for our lives. We will be satisfied as we drink deep at the fountain of His wisdom like the Samaritan woman who believed that Jesus had the words of eternal life. We need to look for the hidden truths and meaning in every verse of scripture. We will realize the continuing relevance of the truths revealed, illustrated and demonstrated by Jesus during His earthly sojourn. Nothing in life will baffle us, fox us, puzzle us, depress us or defeat us as we derive the meaning of life from His word.

Prateep V Philip

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