TODAY’S MANNA: Honoring God in your life PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:50

BY Berlie G. Yap

 

It is now quite unlikely for many people to mention God in most of their conversations, and let alone involve Him in their routines. Nonetheless, whether a person harbors such attitude or not, anytime soon, he may still cling to the Almighty. I remember a story of a non-religious businessman, he never stopped to shout for God’s mercy and help when their plane almost crashed.

I also knew somebody before. He was diagnosed to have a terminal cancer. The man was a banker and a pretty influential person when he was alive.  In fact, many wanted to win his friendship and attention because he was assigned to the loan section of his company. However, when he was invited to attend some sharing about God and the Bible, he had always said no.

But after his diagnosis, he totally changed. He realized that he needed God. Thus, he invited one church man to visit and pray for him regularly while he was in his deathbed. Though late, yet the brother was able to make his peace with God. Maybe the only essence that wasn’t there right away was his hesitations to acknowledge his need for God.

Rick Warren, the author of the bestseller The Purpose Driven Life, said we ought to come and give our lives to God when we are at our best and most—shape, mind and life. When we honor God today while we are yet strong, He blesses us back. The Father knows our needs and desires.

The Lord provides our necessities and grants the silent prayers of our hearts. Despite that we don’t see Him, but that won’t mean He doesn’t exist. Like the wind and electricity, both are invisible but are very real. St. Paul said, “In Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

There was a teenage girl, who came from a family of 13 siblings. It was pretty impossible for her to go to college because of their hardship. Made matters worse, she was in the middle of the 13, hence her dream was at that time unreachable. What she did next totally changed everything.

Every Wednesday at dawn, around 4:30 AM, she would go to church to join their pastor and some members to pray. At that time, there were no street lights yet in their home town, but sacrifice she did. Her one single prayer was that God would bless her to be able to pass a certain scholarship.

She would attend that early dawn prayer meeting for almost two years and uninterrupted. Before graduating her senior year, she was informed by their principal that she made it to a government scholarship grant. She ranked even 2nd in the entire Mindanao! Thus, she was able to study and finished college.

She honored God, and God never did forget her. Why is that as the usual thing amongst many that God is, most of the time, at the last in their priorities? It seems God is just their ultimate option if everything doesn’t work! The truth instead is the irony, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. (Matt. 6:33, NIV)

Everything falls on its proper order when you give the Lord the pre-eminence. It is a fallacy if one thinks that God doesn’t care. The Almighty desires friendship from us. He even wants to become intimate to our lives. One doesn’t have to cut his flesh or give his body to be hanged on a Good Friday to be close to God.

The Lord is only a whisper away. Prayer doesn’t need to be lengthy and repetitive to be heard by our Father, for He even knows what are in our hearts before we could begin to pray. Why He wants us to utter our petitions, because He longs to hear our voice. It is our relationship with Him that matters more, not our religiosity.

If you are a parent, do you miss your kids? Every time they caress you, everything changed. It is love and affection. You would miss it if they may start to change their priorities. Such scenario is also relative to our relationship with our Creator. He waits us to welcome Him in our lives that He can make the abode in our hearts.

God misses us too. We may not know it, but he waits every morning when we wake up to give Him our first moments in thanksgiving and Bible reading. It ain’t awkward or corny to include God in our exchanges, because He is real. He wants to be involved in our lives that He can bless and guide us. God bless you.