How often we fall victims and feel discouraged when our intentions are genuine, but people of the world misunderstand us? Many times, we rebuke kids that they may turn from their wrong evil ways and habits, and turn to correct ways of life. We mean best for our near and dear ones, but they misinterpret our words and intentions, twist and turn it to their own fancies and judge us wrongly, and turn against us instead. We do many loving things for people we love and care for, but they judge us having ulterior motives towards them. It’s sad, and heartbreaking too. It breaks our spirits at times.
(Shash Grewal(Shashwati) is an enlightened writer and composer, who writes love saga of her Lord Jesus and herself.)
What we need to remember always is that all these people are of the world, with narrow and limited minds and superficial crust. It’s their close hearts and minds, that doesn’t allow them to see our humility and Christ-like love for them.
(Shash Grewal(Shashwati) is a scriptural Motivational Writer, Scriptural Motivational Speaker, Spiritual Teacher, Preacher and an Evangelist.)
But, our loving heavenly Father! How amazing is His love. Without much explanations, He understands and never misunderstand. He knows exactly what we desire, or what our intentions are. Fortunately, we don’t have to explain much to Him. When we connect with Him in truth and in worship, He can hear outpourings of our hearts. He can hear our silent prayers, can see tears that we shed in secret. He can listen to our prayers day on without ever getting tired. He never Judges, never condemns us for our mistakes, doesn’t keep reminding us of our past mistakes, the way world’s unforgiving people do. People contribute nothing to our life, neither help us in times of need, but when get a chance, do not stop shredding us to pieces with their harsh words. They keep reminding us of our long forgotten mistakes. They make it a point that our wounds are always fresh and never heal. Inspite of the fact that their own lives are filled with deep dark secrets.
There was a story in the book of John (8:1-11) in the New Testament, when Jesus walked the earth. It’s a story of a woman, whom the society called wayward and ‘adulterous woman’. They wanted to stone her, as per Law of Moses (Deuteronomy 22:22-24). But Lord wrote on the ground, that whoever who was sinless, may throw the first stone at her. Surprisingly, all were conscience stricken, went their own ways, from the oldest to the youngest, and left Jesus and the woman alone. Bible records that Lord ‘held her NOT guilty’. She was forgiven that day. But those people who were condemning her, forgot to look into their own sins and were condemning her. When Lord’s words convicted and stirred their conscience, they had no choice but to leave her alone.
That’s the irony of today as well. All are filled with sins and live sinful wayward lives, but are always judgemental towards others. That’s the difference between our loving heavenly Father who showers His abundance on us and yet do not condemn, from the worldly people, who do nothing for us but yet stone us for our mistakes.
(Shash Grewal (Shashwati) is a philanthropist and a social worker, who tries to reach out to hurting hearts with scriptural blessings and kindness.)
(Shash Grewal(Shashwati) is a “Scriptural Motivational Writer, who explain’s life’s, common principles, in a very lucid manner so that the younger generation can relate to the solutions, She offers through her writing, to all the problems they face on a daily basis.)
These stories of scriptures have been repeatedly told, that they may open blind eyes of all generations. Those who are seeking truth, understand them and mend their ways, and follow God. But the ones who aren’t interested in knowing truth, are still spiritually blind, and go on their wayward ways and allow devil to get a foothold in their lives, to destroy them and their precious lives.
Scriptures have some stories of real people who went through similar desperation, but once they gave it all to God, God returned double portions of blessings in their lives and took away their shame and humiliations and clothed them with beauty for their ashes.
Book of 1 Samuel 9:-11 records the desperate prayers of Hannah, who had to go through the humiliation of barrenness, in an era when patriarchal agrarian society considered children as their biggest assets. She had to share her husband with another woman Peninnah, who was making life miserable for Hannah, since Peninnah bore many children to her husband. Hannah, from Ephraimite country, was a childless woman and thereby was a most excluded figure of ancient Israel.
Her situation was sad. And society was judging her. Hannah wept plenty. Her soul was in distress. No one understood the humiliation and pain she was suffering from within. 1 Samuel 1:14, records, while Hannah was pouring her heart out infront of Lord, her husband misunderstood her and said “How long will you be intoxicated? Put away wine from you”. Her husband couldn’t understand her sorrowful spirit in desperate worship. But ofcourse, Mighty king of the Universe, Lord our God, heard her desperate prayers. And as Merciful and Mighty as He is , Hannah became pregnant. And in due time, bore a son, named him Samuel (Hannah dedicated Samuel to God for the rest of his life), who sincerely served God and we know him as prophet Samuel. A broken mother’s pure hearted prayers were beginning of a kingship.
God said(about Samuel) in 1 Samuel 2:35 “I will raise up for Myself a faithful Priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and mind. And I will build him as sure house, and he shall walk before My Anointed forever.” Samuel was a steadfast and anointed spiritual leader, a prophet and judge over ancient Israel. He served God sincerely entire his lifetime.
God not only heard and answered a mother’s prayer, but blessed much more than she could have asked for. Hannah sang (1 Samuel 2:1-2), “ My heart exults and triumphs in the Lord, my horn is lifted up in the Lord. My mouth is no longer silent, for it is opened wide over my enemies!”
My precious brothers and sisters, God not only hears your sincere prayers but also blesses much more. Trust in Him alone. For there is no one like Him. Its futile to trust in humans and friends and relatives. Only God can be your closest friend ( John 15:15, John 15:13, James 2:23, Proverbs 17:17, Revelation 3:20) Give it all to God, your humiliations, pains, hurts, tears, your strengths and your weaknesses. His Grace will see you through. He will sustain you.
“The Lord makes poor and makes rich, He brings low and lifts up. He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with nobles and inherit the throne of glory.(1 samuel 2:8)”
Prayer: “There is no rock in my life like you Lord, my God , my Salvation, my closest friend. I exalt your name, with all my heart, my soul, and my all. I surrender all unto thee, I give it all to you my blessed Saviour”