Bible Passage: Ezra 8
“The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him”.
God blesses those who seek Him with a full heart of love and hunger. When we seek Him with all our hearts, indeed He will surely bless in amazing ways. Before I came to TJC, I went to a number of churches. The church where I stayed the longest period of time was at a megachurch. However, because of an incident, I stopped going to that church. I was spiritually lost in life, wanting to find God. Hence, I went from one church to another, but I could not feel God’s presence in any of those churches. Finally, my friend brought me to a Catholic church. They had a box where you can drop a letter to God. And in that short letter, I told God that I really wanted to find and worship Him. Through a series of unfortunate events (I was hospitalised), God led me to TJC. It is really amazing how God plans everything. Indeed, If we seek Him, we will find Him. God is just waiting for us to make the first move to seek Him. His grace is indeed sufficient for us.
On the other hand, His wrath is against those who forsake Him. Perhaps we are still attending church services regularly and doing church work, but how about our hearts? To me, to forsake God means to turn our backs against Him, disobey Him and stray away from the truth. In our daily lives, do we forsake God? Does God still come first in our lives? Looking at my level of faith now, I am ashamed to say that my faith is not as strong as when I first came to believed and received baptism. What has changed? Slowly but surely, I allowed worldly cares and concerns to permeate into my heart and nudge God away from the top spot. To me, that is in a way, also forsaking God. We can only choose one: either the world or God.
Indeed, when He comes to judge us, his wrath will surely be unbearable. When His gates of mercy are still wide open, we need to seize this opportunity to repent and turn back to Him.
May God be merciful and guide us.