Psalm 40: 1

by Rev Joel Yong

Psalm 40: 1 records: “I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.”

The Psalmist was able to wait patiently because of the degree of conviction he had, that God was worth waiting for. We get flustered while waiting, only because we are unsure if the other party is coming. This is never the case for God. He is faithful unto His people and will never make our wait futile.

Psalm 116:15

by Rev Joel Yong

Psalm 116:15 records: “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.”

God cares for the lives of those who follow after Him. The suffering of the believers in this world, does not come upon unseeing eyes. As we ponder the suffering of the people of God in this world, let us take heart that God will never forsake nor abandon His people, but is with us at our lowest and most painful moments. We matter so much to Him, that in exchange for our salvation, Jesus gave His life upon the Cross for us.

Matthew 17:20-21

by Rev Joel Yong

In Matthew 17:20-21, Jesus says: “You don’t have enough faith. I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

He wasn’t talking about Christians remolding geological features on a regular basis to facilitate travel. He was talking about faith overcoming obstacles. Too often we speak ABOUT the obstacle repeatedly and diminish our faith. Jesus asks that we speak TO the obstacle and proclaim victory in the face of the obstacle!

Matthew 27:18

by Rev Joel Yong

Matthew 27:18 records: “For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.”

Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent and framed by his accusers. Christ’s complete innocence meant that all He experienced – the flogging, the mocking, the piercing of His hands and feet, and His death – was in place, of someone else. If Christ had sinned, His representation upon the Cross would’ve partially been for His own mistakes. But He did not. All that was done to Him that day, was what we had deserved for our own sins. He took our place, and gave us life eternal instead.

Matthew 14:25

by Rev Joel Yong

Matthew 14:25 tells us that “And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.”

This miraculous act was meant to teach a valuable lesson to the disciples. Firstly it showed that Jesus had tremendous and awesome power over the elements. Secondly it showed he had power over the waves that threatened to capsize their boat. Jesus can subdue your every concern and fear and place it underneath His feet. Would you let Him? Come to Him today.

Mark 8:29 | Matthew 9:28 | John 21:16

by Rev Joel Yong

Every now and then, Jesus would ask questions in the Bible passages. These questions are pertinent to everyone who encounters Christ, even today!

The questions are: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mk 8:29), “Do you believe that I am able to this?” (Mt 9:28) and “Do you love me?” (Jn 21:16). Our responses to these questions determine how we will live our lives. It is necessary that we re-visit our answers to these questions on a regular basis throughout our lives, so that we might renew our commitment unto the Savior regularly.

Matthew 25:44

by Rev Joel Yong

Matthew 25:44 (AMP) records the people as asking the Lord: “Then they also will answer, Lord when did we see You hungry or thirsty or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?”

The people were not aware that by ignoring the poor, sick, hungry, and imprisoned – that they were sinning against the Lord. God cares for us all – even those forgotten or thought little of, by society. Reach out to those in need today, for in doing so – you are doing it for the Lord!