Friday, 8 January 2021
God is watching over you
By: Prathab V
Matthew 6: 25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
It was a season of upheaval a couple of years ago. Then, my boss called me to his office and said that he plans to close down the company and that all staff will be laid off. I then was working in two companies under the same group. I accepted his decision and asked to be reinstated in the former position. Surprisingly, he said he is also laying off staff in the other company and he won’t be able to retain me. I was shaken up. Although I had a valid contract, the boss decided not to honour it.
I pleaded with him to reconsider. He refused. Dejected, I decided to just pray and commit the matter to the Lord. I prayed hard. My family and close friends also prayed. To cut a long story short, my CEO intervened and spoke to the boss on my behalf. Later, the CEO informed me that my contract will be extended a further 6 months. However, my wages will be trimmed. Since I didn’t have much option, I accepted it.
I thanked God that He answered my prayer. Despite the pain of pay cut, I was grateful. “God is watching over me,” I said to myself. “He never lets me down.”
In the ensuing months, several key staff in the company resigned. As life would sometimes have it, I soon became the most senior person in the company. The boss then called me and asked me to take over. I was told that my wages would be increased. I listened carefully and asked for some time to pray.
My wife and I prayed earnestly for guidance. After a few days, we were convinced that I should not take up the offer. Naturally, when I informed my boss, he was terribly upset. He persuaded me three times to take up the offer. I declined.
I reminded him how he had treated me unfairly. Although I had no other job option, I declined the job. Of course, I was worried. But I decided to resign and just trust in God.
Surprisingly within two weeks, a job offer came my way. The timing and the terms were perfect. God did it again! “God is always watching over me,” I said to myself.
Looking back, I went through a terrible period in 2018. It was a very difficult time. But God was never far from me. Despite my failure and sins, God still cared and forgave me.
He will do the same for you. Jesus gives us the hope and encouragement in Matthew 6, saying that we do not have to worry about tomorrow. We just trust and depend on God. Unconditional love begins with God. Grace without end. He is reliable and there’s no other Rock like Him. You can trust Him. You can depend on Him. He is always watching over You.
Father, forgive me for the time my faith wavers and I am not sure what I should do. I am weak and helpless. Please strengthen me and grant me the wisdom and strength each day to walk with You. I trust in You alone Lord. Watch over me and my family. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.
25 所以我告诉你们，不要为生命忧虑吃什么喝什么，为身体忧虑穿什么。生命不胜于饮食吗？身体不胜于衣裳吗？ 26 你们看那天上的飞鸟，也不种也不收，也不积蓄在仓里，你们的天父尚且养活它，你们不比飞鸟贵重得多吗？ 27 你们哪一个能用思虑使寿数多加一刻呢？
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