The Humble Reflection

So as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness.”

– Hebrews 3:7-8

The Bible should not be considered an allegory, but it can certainly be considered a holy text full of parables that teach us more than what is on the face of it. It is so often said that there are no questions that have not been answered in the Bible. If we do not see it, it is merely because we do not understand  the meaning behind the words we read, or we are not prepared to take to heart what Holy Spirit wishes us to obey. A simple line can have more meaning and application than a thousand hours of self-help lectures. If we just think about that, we can imagine how profound the Bible is.

By learning and loving the Word of GOD, we learn to become more like Him and understand His will. But through the Bible, we are also given the chance to really look into ourselves. It is constantly said in the Bible that the word of GOD is like a double-edged sword because of how exacting His words can apply to our lives. Sometimes His words cut us open so that the walls of our conceit and obstinance fall down and we can finally see ourselves clearly in the mirror, that is the Word. It is then we confess with great humiliation that we were so blind to the sins we were committing.

This time of humble reflection is a time of pain because the double-edged sword of the Word cuts us open, however it does not end with just pain. It is also a gift of God’s grace. It is grace because by the wounds of our sins being torn away, we are made new. We learn from our sins and begin to walk in the righteous path of the Lord again. We stop justifying the wrongs in our life and we come to accept that we have wronged and it is time to make it right before the Lord.

I found this verse from the Book of Hebrew. [So as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness.”]

God speaks through us through so many ways. There is always the Holy Bible that lays somewhere in our room. The Word is always waiting for us. But there is also sermons at church, the prayers of our fellow congregation members, and even our friends. There are times we hear God’s words through signs in the day and night. Whatever the medium, when God speaks to you today at this very moment, let us not turn our heads away in the other direction. Let the double-edged sword pierce through us and make us know that it is time for a humble reflection. It is pain but it is also what makes us right again; not only internally but when all things stand right before the Lord, the rest of our lives fall through.

Have you had time for this humble reflection through the Word?

A Motivating Story of Nick Vujicic

“I have the choice to be angry at God for what i don’t have, or be thankful for what i do have”―Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limits

He goes around the world to tell people “you are beautiful just the way you are.” Nick Vujicic is a motivational speaker with no arms and no legs. He was born with tetra-amlia syndrome, which is a disease characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Instead of choosing to be angry with God for what he doesn’t have, he chose to thank him for a little foot with two toes. He learned to do everything without limbs—He does most of the daily skills with his two toes on his foot. He can eat, brush his teeth, type up to 43 words in a minute, play drum, play soccer, swim, and etc.
He had attempted suicide at the age of ten due to bullying in school. However, he decided to live after few attempts because he didn’t want to leave his loved ones with the burden and guilt. The turning point was when he was thirteen. He hurt his foot and couldn’t do all of the daily things he used to do. This made him realize that he has to be grateful for what he has and focus more on the abilities than disabilities. He decided to give his life to Jesus at the age of fifteen because he experienced the greatest peace, joy, and fulfillment when he found faith in Him.
“Jesus has given me victory over every circumstance and comforted me in every pain. I believe that once you find faith in God, you will experience the greatest peace, joy and fulfillment. My faith in God is why I am driven to motivate, share and travel.”
He still keeps a pair of shoes in his closet. Since he was young, he prayed God for two arms and two legs and his prayer is unanswered. However, he realized that his life could inspire others when his struggle and embrace his lack of limbs—he became to be thankful for who he was. Though his prayer was not answered, God had showed him the way, His plan, and the purpose of life. He said “if you can’t get a miracle, become one.” Even though he still prays for two arms and two legs, he knows that God will not make such miracle, instead, He made Nick to become a miracle, and spread Jesus, hope, and dreams.