Hiding Behind a Facade?

Read: John 12:1-8

Shortly before Jesus was crucified, a woman named Mary poured a bottle of expensive perfume on His feet. Then, in a more daring manner, she wiped His feet with her hair (John 12:3). Not only did Mary sacrifice what may have been her life’s savings, she also sacrificed her reputation. In first-century Middle Eastern culture, respectable women never let down their hair in public. But true worship is not concerned about what others think of us (2 Sam. 6:21-22). To worship Jesus, Mary was willing to be thought of as immodest.

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Our God is Just

Read: Psalm 7:11-13

Our God is just, which means that He is impartial and cannot tolerate mistreatment or oppression of His creation. God’s ear is open to the cry of His people. He hears the prayers of the widows, the orphans (Exod. 22:22-24) and anyone who is crying out to God for help. The Scriptures show God as “the righteous Judge.” As a righteous Judge, He demands righteousness and cannot tolerate sin. He laid down His commandments in the Law that He gave the Israelites on Mount Sinai through Moses. The purpose of the Law was to point the people to sin. “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” (Rom. 3:20).

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Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?

Read: Genesis 18:9-15

When we struggle to find answers for our present condition, we worry, fret, complain and get disappointed with God. It is very normal to feel that way due to our human nature. The Bible clearly teaches us that “Nothing is hard for our God.” He is able to answer our prayers in His time. If He needs to prepare us, there might be delay in our plans, but not His. Abraham and Sarah were old and waiting for God’s promise to be fulfilled. From a human viewpoint, it was impossible for Sarah to conceive at the age of 90. But with God all things are possible. We have to believe in our heart that all things are possible by God. Abraham and Sarah received their son Isaac in their old age as God promised. God kept His promise that He would multiply Abraham’s descendants as the stars of the sky and the sands on the sea shore (Gen. 12:1-3).

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