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Whatever Our Circumstances, We Can Be a Blessing!

Sharing God’s story can sometimes feel daunting.
What we often forget that God is always ahead of us preparing the way

The Bible reminds us that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). This is what Jade Wong discovered in her journey of sharing God’s love.

God Leads the Way

The journey began with circumstances that are far from ideal. “It all started with the back pain I had for two years. It was very painful,” Jade shared. After many attempts at dealing with the pain, she finally decided to go through a four-hour orthopedic surgery.

Initially, she was apprehensive about it. But God assured her with His promise in Deuteronomy 31:8, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

With this encouragement from God, she went on to arrange for an operation. But finding a doctor and setting a date weren’t so straightforward. There were unexpected changes here and there. With all these twists and turns, she sensed that God had something in store.

A Divine Appointment

Despite going in for a fairly major surgery, Jade prayed for a divine appointment to be a blessing to someone. Indeed, God had prepared one. During her hospitalisation, Jade met a nurse who took great care of her. Evelyn (not her real name) is a foreigner in Singapore. She and her husband live here without any family or relatives. Aside from her colleagues, she didn’t have anyone who was really close to her.

“You can treat me as a sister,” Jade offered Evelyn. This started a friendship between them during the post-surgery recovery in the hospital. Evelyn shared how lonely she was being away from home. And with Covid-19, she was worried about her mum whom she hasn’t seen for two years.

On Jade’s last day in the hospital, Evelyn was meant to be on leave, but decided to come to the hospital anyway without really knowing why. Jade saw it as an opportunity to be a blessing and offered to pray for her.

Evelyn was hesitant since she was not a Christian. Jade assured her that she was only praying a blessing over her, and not converting her, so Evelyn agreed. Through the prayer, Jade shared about God’s love and story in her life — how God has blessed her, given her salvation through Jesus, and has been her source of help — and prayed that Evelyn would receive these blessings too. She went on to pray for Evelyn’s husband and family as well. Evelyn ended up in tears. She shared that she experienced such peace and rest while being prayed for. Evelyn herself also marvelled at how she was meant to be on leave that day, but came anyway and experienced an unexpected blessing.

Be a Blessing

Until this day, Jade and Evelyn continue to keep in touch. Evelyn recently went on an operation herself. She was very grateful for the support and prayers that Jade has been sending through WhatsApp.

How can we be blessings too? It doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple conversation can be a source of comfort. A simple prayer can be a testimony of God’s love. A simple text message can bring hope.

It is a privilege to share God’s love and story because it brings blessings to others. God has prepared the way, we just have to follow His leading!

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
2 Thessalonians 2:3-7
Fri, 30 September 2022

Invisible Coming of the Antichrist

Observation:

What is the relationship between “the man of lawlessness” and “the mystery of lawlessness”?

Deeper Reflection
WHILE “THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS” IS RESTRAINED FROM appearing, “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work” (v.7). “The man of lawlessness” and “the mystery of lawlessness” have one thing in common: “lawlessness.” In the Bible, a “mystery” is something that God has hidden but reveals at the right time (cf. Eph 3:4-5). The “man of lawlessness” will appear in “full force and openly to all eyes”50 as the final antichrist as prophesied in Daniel 11:21-45. But this prophecy is to be fulfilled “in an unexpected manner” – unknown in the Daniel 11 prophecy – and hence, a “mystery”51. Paul has insight into this “mystery”: “Paul sees that, though this fiend has not yet come so visibly as he will at the final end of history, he is already at work in the covenant community.”52 “The mystery of lawlessness” is the “unusual invisible coming”53 of “the man of lawlessness”. Behind the visible “mystery of lawlessness” is the invisible “man of lawlessness”.“Lawlessness” is violation of the Law of God – the Ten Commandments, as well as civil law, for governments are “established by God” (Rom 13:1-4). But still, injustice prevails insidiously in the justice department of certain nations. Jesus has predicted that in the last days, “lawlessness is increased, and most people’s love will grow cold” – in how human beings are increasingly being treated unkindly and unjustly (Matt 24:12). In the context of Paul’s warning, “Do not be deceived” (v.3), the “lawlessness” refers to the activity of the antichrist through “his deceivers, the false teachers”54. The aim and effect of this “lawlessness” is “the apostasy” (v.3).
50 G. K. Beale, 218 51 G. K. Beale, 218 52 G. K. Beale, 218-19 53 G. K. Beale, 219 54 G. K. Beale, 219
Application:

What does the reality of “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work” mean to me in my discipleship journey?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for SGI leaders: To be strong in the Lord amidst the lawlessness of the world
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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