Tuesday, 6 July 2021
Title: Do Not Worry
By: Stephen Wong
Text: Philippians 4:6-7
Like some, I am one who grew up under less-than-ideal circumstances. To put it another way, my parents were financially poor and had to provide for the needs of 12 children in the family. I was ranked 9th in the family and did not have dreams of going much further after my Form 5 studies, other than to be a civil servant i.e. a teacher or a clerk. Many nights in my early teens, I lay down in bed looking at the wall and wondered about the purpose of my existence. Occasionally, my despairing eyes would chance upon the silhouette of my lizard friends on the wall, which caused me to cringe with fear on many cold breezy nights.
Fast forward 10 years later; I was in my second year of studies at University Malaya soaking up the Bible (RSV) purchased by my friend Daniel Chua. I was reading the gospel of Matthew and found many interesting truths that touched my heart. I chanced upon Matthew 6:33 that said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things would be yours as well.” I must admit I did not have a full understanding of what the words really meant, but I knew I wanted to know the true and righteous God who could impart His righteousness to me. I knew the seriousness of my sins, and I needed a Saviour in my life. I heard from my Christian friends that I needed to receive Christ in my life before I could become a member of God’s family. I looked afresh at my fellow Christian friends and saw they led good lives. One day, I decided to say a prayer to Jesus to call Him to come and be my God. I closed the prayer with a happy “Amen”. Only God was my witness when I called upon Him to accept me into His family.
I learned an important truth of being a Christian; that is to be able to trust God fully in His word and remain obedient to Him. There were many occasions when I thought I could live life without God after my initial conversion experience. And so, I took some hard lessons from God, learning to trust Him fully and navigate through life with Him, when the storms hit. God led me through all of them by His gentle hand. During raging storms, I found that praising God and thanking Him in adversities had the power to take the sting out of worries that I shouldered. Each time I praised and thanked Him, the burdens got easier and after a while, the burdens left me completely. My prayers were all answered, to the glory of God. Praising God daily with a thankful heart works miracles for me, and I am sure it can work for you as well, to ease your emotional burdens.
Today the world has gotten more complicated than what it was before; but God who stopped the storms on the sea of Galilee 2,000 years ago, can repeat the same miracle today. God is Lord over this current global pandemic and the plagues to come. So, my dear fellow family, let God work through your burdens and challenges in life. You can trust His love and promises that He would not abandon us, no matter what afflicts us. Praising and thanking Him during your trials and tears may not seem normal to the world, but God welcomes your praises and thanksgiving and He will safeguard your faith and walk with Him. He will surely answer your prayers in due time with many blessings. Would you not cast your worries unto God today, by praising and thanking Him daily for all that has taken place in your life?
Dear Lord God, thank you for Your love and faithfulness. You know our sins but You chose to save us by sending Christ to die on the cross while we were still sinners. All of us are undergoing a powerful storm caused by this global Covid19 pandemic. Some of us are suffering badly because we have lost jobs and income and even our health. We ask Your comfort and help be given to Your people as we walk in faith, and trust in You. Help us to be Your instruments, touching lives in our church and neighbourhoods, with the comfort You have given us. May the nations look up to You and worship You together with us one day, because they saw us as a people of faith, trust, praise and thanksgiving in God. To God be the glory. In the matchless name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
快进到10年后，我在马来亚大学读大二的时候，我沉浸在朋友Daniel Chua买给我的修订标准版圣经(RSV)。我阅读着马太福音，发现了许多有趣的真理，触动了我心。我偶然发现马太福音6:33说：“你们要先求他的国和他的义，这些东西都要加给你们了。” 我必须承认，我并不充分理解这句话的真正意思，但我知道我要认识能将祂的义赐给我的那位真实而公义的上帝。我知道我罪孽的严重性，我的生命需要一位救主。我听我的基督徒朋友说，我在成为上帝家庭的成员之前，需要先接受基督在我的生命里。我重新审视了我的基督教朋友们，看到他们过着美好的生活。一天，我决定向耶稣祷告，祈求祂来做我的上帝。我以一句快乐的 “阿们” 结束了祈祷。当我祈求祂接纳我进入祂的家庭时，只有上帝是我的见证人。