WHERE DID IT FALL?
“I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel” (Psalms 31:12).
God is the heavenly potter who makes our life. Even when your life resembles a broken vessel, He is not the one to throw it away but He is the one who provides gracious opportunities to rebuild it. Look up to His face, prayerfully singing “I am the clay in the hands of a potter. Shape me day after day.”
WHAT DO YOU HAVE?
So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” (II Kings 6:6).
When the iron axe head fell into the deeper part of river Jordan, the man of God asked, “Where did it fall?”
“What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” (II Kings 4:2).
The wife of a deceased prophet came to Elisha, the man of God to find solutions to her problems. The burden of her debts was so huge and she was helpless. The debtor had come to make her children slaves. In that critical situation, the man of God asked her what he should do for her and what she had in her house.
“It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life (I Kings 19:4)”
Go through this prayer of Elijah the great servant of God, with care. The mental weariness spares no servant of God. Seek a firm heart from God so that the weariness does not prevail over you.
“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses” (Joshua 1:3).
If you are crossing the path of struggles, read the book of Joshua with the help of the Holy Spirit. God will definitely give you deliverance and victory.
“So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
God has a purpose in everything. There is a blessing after every suffering and there is greatness after every tribulation. After the Cross there is a throne. All those who suffer along with Christ will get glorified with Him.
“You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you” (Leviticus 26:7).
There are baseless hostility and unfair enemies rising against you. Until jealousy and the devil that implants this jealousy in the heart prevail, it is natural that enemies will be rising.
“So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There he made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there he tested them” (Exodus 15:25).
God is one to turn the bitterness of Marah into sweetness. He is the one to turn the sadness into joy. He changes the tears into delightful excitement. God will definitely perform a miracle for you.
HOW TO WALK?
“When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren (Genesis 29:31).
In this world, you can find two kinds of people. One who despise others and the next one underestimate themselves and isolate from others. Some are valued cheaply for the reason that they are illiterate and some for lacking in good appearance; some for their poor financial status and some due to caste discriminations.
“Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you” (Genesis 13:17).
A man’s characteristics could be defined by his gait. Some people's style of walking looks tiresome and weary. Some people walk in an active and brisk manner. Some walk like warriors and some like saints. Some walk with royal handsomeness and some walk like a hard-working labourer.
“Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9).
Man's first question to God was "Am I a watchman?" For this question, God replied, "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel" (Ezekiel 3:17). Yes. You are watchmen indeed. God has placed you as watchmen.
DO YOU LOVE!
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (II Corinthians 4:8).
Even when you are hard-pressed, you do not get crushed. When you are perplexed, you do not despair. When the tests do come, you are not discouraged. Indeed you may have to face the sufferings and tribulations in your life. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have over come the world” (John 16:33).
“Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15).
God expects holistic love from you. Because, even before beginning to show His affection towards you, He has poured His entire love on you.
WILL YOU FOLLOW?
“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18).
Loneliness is painful. None other than Jesus Christ could clear the loneliness from you. He is the one to comfort like a mother, speak like a friend and embrace like a father. Further, He stands as a support to you giving the Holy Spirit as your comforter. Apart from staying as a friend to His disciples He also promised to make the Holy Spirit, a friend to them. He said, “I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
DO YOU WANT?
“........the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (John 10:4)
One who calls you by saying “Follow me” is walking ahead of you, showing you the way. He will make the crooked places straight and clear the hurdles. When the Good Shepherd is guiding from the front, the sheep follow him with enthusiasm.
“He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6).
God is the basis for all blessings. He is the one who wills to give all good things. Healing and health are received only from Him. But, He looks at you and asks, “Do you want?”
“For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers” (Matthew 23:4).
Many people think that the 'shoulder' is an organ exclusively created to carry loads, responsibilities and burdens. In the days of Jesus Christ, the warriors of the Roman Kingdom forced the Jews to carry heavy loads on their shoulders for the purpose of transporting the goods. The reason for this is that the Jews were the slaves for Romans. Those who carried the loads did not do the job happily but with murmur instead.
“....... I am the Lord. I have heard all your blasphemies” (Ezekiel 35:12).
"Reproach" is a cruel thing. The reproach of some people will make the heartbreak. Your heart fills with bitterness when you come across people who unjustly reproach you without any reason.
ARE YOU CAST DOWN?
“Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there” (Ecclesiastes 3:16).
Your heart glitches when justice is denied for you and when you are falsely accused by others. It is painful for your heart and you become distressed.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?” (Psalms 42:11).
David had the habit of talking to his soul. He will ask himself "Why are you cast down, O my soul?" He will think of all the good things done by God and say "Bless the Lord, O my soul." David is the only saint to have too many conversations with the soul.