When We Encounter God

24 And you said, “The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a man can live even if God speaks with him. 25 But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer. 26 For what mortal man has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived?” (Deuteronomy 5:24-26 / NIV)

These words of the people of Israel pleased God. The people had the fear of the LORD that God always deserves from his creation. In this passage, Moses was talking about the encounter that he and the people of Israel had at the Mount Sinai (Exodus 19). There the people encountered God so vividly, so closely. The majesty and the glory of God were manifested before them. They heard the voice of the living God. They realized who God is, how great, powerful, majestic, glorious, pure and holy He is. They realized who they were before Him. They were humbled. They were ready to obey. They feared Him. The fear of the LORD came from their recognition of who God is and resulted in reverence, awe, and worship.God was teaching me through this passage that my encounter with Him should bear the same results. My growth in the knowledge of God should humble myself and make myself “quick” in obedience. When I am arrogant and prideful because of what I know about God and his creation, I know that whatever I am learning has become my head-knowledge. I would want to challenge whoever is reading this blog and myself to examine ourselves. Whether our knowledge of God has truly humbled us and caused us to live the righteous life that God calls us to live. Does your life reflect the righteousness of God? He has blessed us so much that He Himself dwells in us. It is not only the voice that we hear, He is living in us. How much should we humble ourselves and worship Him with everything we have? How much should we be willing to obey Him?

I am weak but God isn’t!

Today I was reminded of something that I pray that I would not forget. Here is the story.

When God moves your heart, when you hear that voice, don’t hesitate but just do it.

I went outside for an unusual reason. Normally I am very lazy about getting gas for my car, cooking lunch when I’m planning to eat alone, and doing laundry. But for some reason, I decided to do all three of those as soon as I got ready for today.

So I put my rice in the rice cooker and went outside to get some gas for my car and planned to get some coins from a grocery store. But on my way out of campus, I saw this lady .. who often calls me to ask for help.

I passed by her … And as I was putting some gas in my car, God started moving my heart. It seemed that He wanted me to help her today. Do you know what my initial response to Him was? “…I gotta study today.. I already started my day too late.. I got things I need to get done”

Yeah…right…
My mind was busy trying to come up with some excuses to avoid “helping” someone who needs it. A few seconds later, I was thinking “may be she doesn’t really need help.. May be she is waiting for someone.” I was just going to move on, but God reminded me of my own words that I had spoken a few weeks ago.

“I wish I would love other people without favoritism” What I meant by that was this. I want to love other people than whom I love already.

So, still reluctantly, I called the lady and asked if she needed help. And she did need help. That help was a very small thing.. It didn’t take much effort but just a little bit of time God freely granted me with….and guess what? The lady praised God for the little help I offered. That little obedience on my part turned out to be a great answer of her prayer.

This taught me a lot.
How weak and selfish I am.
How good God is that He answered her prayer while teaching me a great lesson. He is so loving and gracious!

I pray that I would not forget what God taught me today. I pray that I would be willing to help anyone who needs it. And I pray that God would fill my heart with the love of Christ so much that I cannot help but to share with the world He loves. And.. Help me be obedient, LORD!

The Command to Keep

5And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command

but one we have had from the beginning.

I ask that we love one another.

6 And this is love:

that we walk in obedience in his commands.

As you have heard from the beginning,

his command is that you walk in love.

(2John 1:5-6/NIV)

Amen!