Our God is more than amazing, He’s awesome and we should never cease to speak of His goodness and mercy!
33 unique lives are going through a God makeover in Bible College of Wales School of Ministry (BCW-SOM) this autumn. Only a week has passed, and many things are falling into place for them. One testified, “Until now there were misplaced jigsaw pieces in my life, and I see them fitting into the right places.”
The joy of seeing these 33 faces light up when it’s only been the first week! And, though some have come from very challenging family circumstances, yet they’re trusting and looking into the eyes of their Beloved.
Who is like God, and who can compare with Him?
Matthew 28:16-17 tells us that, “The eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted.” I’m comforted to know that there were some among the eleven who doubted. Although they worshipped Him, they were not altogether sure, not because of unbelief but of uncertainties and hesitations concerning the circumstance before them. In the midst of some doubters, God showed Himself strong on behalf of the weak.
The hardest battles I’ve ever found myself have been with family. There were seasons where it took me to a very suffocating place – and people can stay there for many years, and some never fully come out of it. For me, it was definitely something beyond my strength and I couldn’t fight for myself, the enemy was also staring down at me to keep me there in defeat.
It becomes worse when you hear of someone’s miraculous testimony of how God spared their life and you ask, “Why didn’t He do that for me? What kind of a God is He?” I had to cry out to God. I did – for hours, days, weeks, and even months.
“God, pull me out of this pit which I’d been so dreadfully thrown into. Teach me to defeat the enemy staring down at me.” My only hope was to ask God to come down to be with me and fight my battles. I realised quite early in my life that it doesn’t do any good to fight against God.
On the battlefield, there were deep cuts and wounds, and the victory usually doesn’t look like what we think it’d be. God wanted me to more than survive in those battles, He wanted me to take the enemy’s spoils. In a way, the wounds suffered make us stronger and His battle plan was really better than mine. I saw that the personal victories I had gained were worth it all.
Psalms 139:11-12 says, “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’ Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”
For God is light and He alone removes all darkness around us, speaking light and life into our chaos.
In the silence, He’s here,
I’m made more aware.
In the silence than in the noise,
In the stillness of the night.
Here’s my commune until,
When early morning comes.
I’m awakened to His new mercies.
Away from the push and the shove.
The demands of each day
Are you going through the grime?
Is this the gift of life,
When we struggle, wrestle and fight?
Engaged with doubts rising,
All depends where we’re looking,
Seeing Him clearly,
Knowing He’s here.
God is more than able to work out all things for good and He’s searching for those who are in a place where it’s impossible for them to get out, through their own strength and wisdom. “O my soul, you have said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from You.” Ps 16:2
Can we do anything apart from God?
Ps. Daphne Yang