I had talked with an old friend just the other day about the present economic upheaval that is creeping in the minds of the people around. We can hear people talking about the increase in prices of the common commodities in the market especially when it has something to do with the celebration of the yuletide season.
Prices of primary commodities have increased at its real pace. It almost doubled way back few months before the month of December came. We are always into this situation every time the yuletide season is nearing. Somehow, this time, it’s different because from the dry goods to the wet market, everything is increasing.
The last time I bought a tank of an LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas), it only costs P648, just a month ago. But now, it costs P768. And according to the news, it will increase even more before the New Year comes. According to my friend, the situation now is unbearable. Not only do commodities increased but there are changes in all areas of human existence. What are forbidden, hidden, and kept before are now openly being disclosed and accepted by the society.
Everywhere, one can see perversion. It has already become a common practice from among the teenagers and adults alike. It seems that the people are not burdened with the biblical warning about the coming of the “Great Messiah.” . . . that the end is near, that God is not so much particular about attainment of worldly things. But it doesn’t mean that God is “party pooper.” No, He is not! He is only particular about your totality and my totality as a person. We just can’t question God’s thoughts! . . . Surely, God is in control!
The book of Proverbs 23:26 tells us, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” The first part: “My son give me thine heart” is actually the spoken words of God to every human soul; that we are to give our affections to God, and love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
The second part: “And let thine eyes observe my ways” is meant for us to be obedient to God in all things. God desires for all of us to believe Him, and His being the “Great I Am.” God wants us to understand that He the Fountain of all good. That’s why He was urging us to give our heart to him because it is He alone who can make us happy and satisfied.
He further tells us and invites us to observe His ways and follow Him by doing what is right in His sight. This exhortation contains three words: Believe, Love, Obey! This is the sum of God's counsels to every child of man.
In the book of 1 Samuel 16:7, God Spoke to Samuel: “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
In everything we do, God always measures the motives of our heart. We can profess anything positive with what we do or say. Somehow, there are times that what we do or what we say do not tell the real situation of our spirit inside. We can affirm things but deep inside we are doubting. One can say, he forgives, but the truth is he just can’t forget – and that is unforgiving. . . It takes faith, acceptance, and sincere humility from us to really become the person whom God desires for all of us to be used for His Kingdom’s expansion. God’s ways are perfect! . . . Surely, God is in control!
God is very particular about our availability to be used in His Kingdom and to be the person whom God wants to set His throne upon . . . Simultaneous with God using us as an instrument is a no - excuse catalyst of experiencing pains, trials, problems, and many other negative circumstances. It takes God’s Grace for us to be able to surpass all of these in our life! The celebration of the Christmas Season is actually looking back almost 2000 years ago. The greatest gift that mankind had ever received and that is our SALVATION through Christ Jesus - Our Lord & Savior! Amen! . . . Surely, God is in control!