He is able

by Rev Jason Phua

Readings: Zechariah 12:1-13:9; Proverbs 31:1-7

READ (verse chosen for meditation)
Zechariah 13:1 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.”

The desire of the Lord is for His people to be cleanse from sin and uncleanness. However, God’s people cannot do this through our own efforts, no matter how hard we try, no matter how hard we desire it to be. We can only strive towards holiness and perfection through Jesus Christ. Only by first being reborn as a child of God through the blood of Christ, would we have any hope of becoming who God wants us to be. For this, the Father sent His only begotten Son to first become fully human even as He was fully God. Only then, could Jesus atone for our sins and we reconcile our broken relationships with Him.

We know why Jesus came. We know why He had to come in a manger. Yet, we find it so difficult to be cleanse of our sin and uncleanness. We tried. We succeeded for a while and then we failed again. Why is this so? Is it because the blood of the Begotten is not enough? Is God not powerful enough to make us wholesome again?

No. It has to do with us. It is always us and not the fault of God. We keep failing because we could be afraid to lose the momentary pleasure that sin brings. We keep failing because we have no confidence in God who can really give us breakthroughs. We keep failing because we did not truly grasp the good news of Jesus being born in a manger. We keep failing because all these while, we have not understood that true happiness can only be found in the things of God. For all that God is, of why He came and how He died on the Cross for our sins; this Christmas, let us not lose hope for He is more than able. He will help us if we are sincere in our worship of Him in all that we do.

Lord our God, the story of the birth of the Christ-child is not a fairy tale. It is a story full of bloodshed, violence and tragedies. All this so that mankind can be reconciled to You. May You help us not to lose sight of this greatness which You have done. This is so that we will never lose hope in You. For You are able. Amen.

Day 163

by Rev Joel Yong

Psalm 103:8-10
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.

This just shows how gracious our Father is.
He doesn’t blow up at us at our 1st infraction, but rather is patient with us. But when He has to, He will discipline us and bring us back to what is right. Even then His wrath is but for a while.
Even though, God could smite us with a single blow, He doesn’t.
He does not deal with us as we deserve.

So here is my thought- “Don’t overstep your spiritual boundaries.”
Galatians reminds us that “God cannot be mocked, we reap what we sow.” (Gal 6.7)

When God disciplines, TURN.
His anger dissipates quickly, so repent right away!!
He is after all, a good good Father.