“The Lord spoke to Moses saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy”. - Leviticus 19:1-2. The Israelites who were brought out of Egypt fell into deep sin. Hence, God called them to be purified and to live a holy life. Even today, we are the Israelites, who fall into sin every day. “Jesus has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love”. - Ephesians 1:4. But we are so caught up by the pleasures of this material world that we always give in to the desires of our flesh. The word of God clearly tells us, “Do not love the world or things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, the pride in riches – comes not from the Father but from the world”. - John 2:15-16.
There are sometimes in our life where we feel that God has left our hands and made us to face this hard situation alone. But in 1 Tim 2:13 we read that if we are faithless, he remains faithful- for he cannot deny himself, this verse makes us clear that it is we who leave God’s hand, but our God is so faithful not only to us but also to himself that he cannot deny himself from loving us. We read in Jn 3:16 For GOD so loves the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. So, this is for sure that God never leaves our hand.
All of us have experienced intimate relationship with God when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Even I have experienced those beautiful moment with my Jesus. In the beginning I used to think that I was a perfect follower of my Lord, but this continued only till when I kept my first step in this world while going to my college after renewing my life in my Lord. After that my love for Jesus instead of flourishing it was getting buried deep inside my heart. I was wondering what was happening in my life, was God angry with me and doesn’t want me anymore? While I was in this great distress Lord spoke to me through his word. Saying When I wanted to gather them, says the Lord, there are no grapes on the vine, no figs on the fig tree; even the leaves are withered, and what I gave them has passed away from them. Jer 8:13
Oh, Lord! Where the life is taking me I do not know.
Sometimes I doubt, whether I love you or not.
My faith is becoming dull and inside I feel null.
Show me the way out because you are the only one on whom I trust.
Everything seems to be hopeless and this is the end.
The zeal I had for you, I do not know where it have went.
Lord, I do not know how to make the way straight.
You are the Waymaker, make me walk on your footsteps.
You know, my only hearts desire is to love you.
But I always fall away from my commitment and from your word.
Lord Jesus! help me I am weak and poor.
Father God! heal me and make me yours.
Never forsake me, never refuse to help me.
Please Lord, please always keep me in your unity.
All my life I want to learn and live your will.
All my days your my God so I will be still.
- K. Maria Lobo, Mumbai
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When you are with me, why shall I fear?
When you uphold me, why will I face the defeat?
You created the universe, you created my innermost being.
Oh Lord you have loved me, please help me believe.
You brought me out of all my hopeless times.
When I was dead you brought me back to life.
Jesus, with your perfect light,
You dispelled all my nights.
From the pit of failure you made me stand on hights.
You taught me to overcome my feelings which made me fall in my fights.
When I was empty you filled me with your joy.
Jesus, you have set the table for me before my foes.
Father, I adore you and I will trust in you forever,
Forgive my sins, my faults and all that is within me that is wrong.
Lord Jesus, you are my strength and my refuge.
Oh my living God, never let me separate from you in any circumstances.
- K. Maria Lobo, Mumbai