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Monday, 27 March 2017 11:27

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

For students—it pisses off when one is on a hurry to comply something, but later on when he arrives at the place, for deadlines, then he’s told that submission was already closed earlier and, thus, his requirements are rejected. Such experience can also be relative to all of us, though in different forms, like when a salesman who is only a minute late to close a supposed “good” deal, or to a passenger who was left by the bus last trip, well.

Understand that we live in an imperfect world. It is part and parcel of life. Hence, we must be used to it. Somehow, there is another factor I wish to pound in this page. Talking about plans, when we trust the Lord, it pays, because He will guide us every step of the way. God’s direction will always be precise—through internal prompts we can feel those inside our hearts.

Failure is a symptom of our sin nature, it is in our blood. Nonetheless, through the mercy of God, our faltering can become stepping stones for the grace of the Father to make us through in the process that we cannot glory onto ourselves but solely to the Savior who redeemed us by His blood at the Cross, 2,000 years ago.

However, when we pray for the Lord’s guidance, something happens, God shall speak in our hearts by means of a normal impression. Joseph (in the book of Genesis), “the dreamer” as he was called, he received a couple of dreams of greatness for his future. And it was from the Lord. He was excited, and a little arrogant about it. Results—his pride led him to unwanted troubles.

Pride happens before a downfall (Prov. 16:18), yet on the other hand, in one’s humility, exaltation awaits for him ahead (1 Pet. 5:6-7). Joseph was young and unlearned yet,on his introduction in the story of the patriarchs in Genesis. His flaws were understandably a thing of any novice, who knows nothing about the ways of the almighty.

In the following pages of the Scripture, the young man would have to learn in the process. But know one thing—the plans of God are immutable that no men or spirits can alter them. So Joseph was now in the momentum of the eternal plans of the Father, very nice because in our time we know its gradual unfolding, through the chapters of the Bible.

The young man had a future calling which he partly understood, yet, his only problem was he tried to unravel them his way rather than trusting God to bring him there. Anyways, it is a human tendency, and in fact his actuations were more of reflective to our own lives as well. Personally, I also can identify this process of experiences, in our willful ways we often end in usual failures.

Isn’t it true, we usually also try to do things ourselves, without our submission to God? Now, it is in these moments we are bound to fail, so was Joseph in his time. To make the long story short, he later found himself sold as a slave to an Egyptian public officer by the name of Potiphar.

His story continued on by more brokenness—the royal dungeon of Pharaoh, where his offending servants were incarcerated for their wrongs. Little did Joseph know that it was in that same place which he could learn the art of management and administration, are you familiar of the book of Genesis, once the King of Egypt had an enigmatic dream which no one could interpret?

Then because of it, Joseph was summoned to enlighten Pharaoh. After 13 years, since after he received the prompts of God, he now found himself about to experience their fulfillments. At that time he was already 30 years old, humbler, and now a learned man through the impartations of his co-prisoners, who were royal servants of Pharaoh. Now, Joseph was ready to begin to walk to that divine calling—to be Egypt’s Prime Minister.

Everything happened to him at the right time without him pushing his way or forcing stuffs to come to pass. God brought the young Hebrew to that glorious Empire of Egypt, in the ancient times, to pave the way for a greater plan to the children of Israel. Folks, nothing in our lives happen just by mere coincidence, every situation which we collide is connected to something else ahead—not just for ourselves but for others also.

In all of our experiences, someone beyond our abilities is responsible to our life’s stories. He is the Master Intelligence who is in control to everything. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28, ESV)

Therefore, in all of our plans, let’s commit them to God. Things may not happen right away. They do because probably they are not yet in their perfect timing. Let’s not be discouraged though that when on our earlier attempts things don’t go as we expected. We cannot tell that the Lord may just be preparing us for something better. Remember, God ain’t late nor advance in His ways, hence, cheer-up and always feel hopeful.

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