Cherishing People

I thank God every time I remember you” Philippians 1: 3 (NIV)

Paul was genuinely grateful for the people whom he encountered in his life. He cherished them and made sure that they knew about it. That is why in most of his letters we see this phrase about praying for others and remembering others’ good deeds.

When Paul was writing this, he was almost at the end of his ministry and in prison. He did not have much material achievements to cherish. Only thing he could find boasting about was the relationships God had given him with people through the apostolic ministry. He had earned many people through gospel.

When he remembered Philippian church and all their love, he was bubbling with joy and praising God for their lives.

God has given many people in our lives – Big or small, influential or normal. God expect us to cherish them in our lives. We should remember them and thank God for them.

We also need to remember the love of Philippians towards Paul. How much they warmed his heart. Are we living a life which bring smile to others? Will there be people who say “I thank God for you in my life and without you my life would not be enriched like this”?

Let us strive to remember who love us and cherish them.

Let us also live a life which would bring smile to others.

Day 85

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Samuel 10:9-12
When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. And he said, If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.

They were sandwiched between enemy forces.
From the front and from the back- they were under attack.

So Joab did the best he could – put his best men on each end.

Look at his words. He committed their lives and the outcome of battle into God’s hands.

“What seems good to God …”
That was Joab’s belief as to the best outcome possible.

Would you do that?
Not what seems best to you.
But what seems best to God.

That requires a whole lot of trust in who God is.
I want to do that …

God, please let what seems best to You, happen to my family.
My wife.
My sons.
Me.

In your hands is the best place we can ever be.