1 Samuel 30:4-10; 1 Corinthians 7:7-16, 25-26
Thu, 9 December 2021

Seeking God and God Speaking


What perspectives on seeking God for His direction can you glean from Paul’s instruction and counsel on marriage and singlehood in 1 Corinthians 7:7-16, 25-26?

Deeper Reflection
WHEN DAVID INQUIRED of God in his major crisis, instead of taking a commonsensical action, God answered him with His approval to act and His assurance of success (v.8). However, it is important that we do not mistake David’s experience as a full-fledged theology of seeking God and God speaking to us. Are we to seek God and act on His direction in everything every time? No. It is practically unrealistic and virtually impossible to do so. God does not expect this from us. We make countless choices and decisions every day by sheer common sense. When are we, then, to hear from God to direct us, and when do we need not to? We can glean certain perspectives on this from 1 Corinthians 7, where Paul talks about marriage and singlehood. In instructing the married not to divorce their spouse, Paul qualifies with “not I say, but the Lord” (v. 10). Then, he counsels those who became believers when they were already married to remain with their unbelieving spouse, unless their spouse wants a divorce (1 Cor 7:12-15). In this, Paul qualifies with “I say, not the Lord” (1 Cor 7:12). Then, for the betrothed as to whether to marry or not, Paul says, “I have no command from the Lord” (1 Cor 7:25). He advises singlehood in view of “the present distress” (1 Cor 7:26), as “one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy” (1 Cor 7:25). As we daily walk with God faithfully, we will know when we should adopt the posture, “not I say, but the Lord” and when it should be “I say, not the Lord”.

How do I go about making decisions in my life?

Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
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Daniel 5:17, 25-31; 6:1-2
Mon, 5 June 2023

Serving from Babylon to Persia


What is the significance of Daniel serving in the Babylonian and Persian
courts successively?

Deeper Reflection
God’s word to Belshazzar that He would “put an end” to his kingdom and give it “over to the Medes and Persians” was fulfilled immediately – “that same night” (v.30) – after Daniel’s interpretation of the inscription on the wall (vv.25-31). God can fulfil His Word immediately or after a long time. Whatever time God may take to fulfil His Word, He is “trustworthy in all His promises and faithful in all He does” (Psa 145:13b, NIV).The demise of the Babylonian hegemony was not just a historical event, but primarily a theological one. Nebuchadnezzar was “My servant” whom God raised to judge His unfaithful people in the seventy-year Babylonian exile (Jer 25:8-9, 11). When God had accomplished His purpose through Babylon, “I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation” (Jer 25:12). This is how God deals with arrogant and evil nations: “And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah” (Isa 13:19).The end of Babylon does not mean an insecure future for Daniel. However drastically our circumstances may change, God’s call for our lives remains when we walk with Him faithfully. We are secure in God’s call, because it is God’s call. Daniel became one of “the three commissioners” in Persia (Dan 6:1-2). It wasn’t that having lost his job Daniel applied to serve the Persian king. Daniel couldn’t do that. It was purely by royal appointment. But behind the “It seemed good to Darius to appoint” (Dan 6:1) was God’s call for Daniel to serve Him from Babylon to Persia.

How do I relate God’s call for me in drastic changes of my life situations?

Lord, I believe You have a calling for my life which You have intended to be distinctive for me. I want to live my life with a deep sense of answering Your calling. Help me to walk with You faithfully, knowing that as I do so, You will unfold Your plans for me in that calling. Grant me wisdom and understanding to discern Your calling for my life.
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