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He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

As I scroll through my regular Facebook newsfeeds, looking for updates from my friends, I cannot help but click on those news bits posted from yahoo news. Each of them may be different, but somehow appear so similar to me- unlawful economic gain, sexual harassment, political power struggles, terrorism and violence, religious insensitivity, etc..

While this may seem like a random list of wrongdoings and suffering imposed on the world, they are in fact, idolatry- worship of anything else but the one true God. God has created mankind such that we all have a desire for a greater purpose, and deeper significance in life. I was recently watching a forum held on the Meaning of Life, as discussed by a secular humanist, and a Christian humanist (as he likes to call himself). While the former was presenting her meaning of life, I could not help but feel depressingly sad for her. She had made happiness the goal of her life, and shapes her world view around self-fulfilment and self-centeredness. It sounded rather shallow and superficial, yet she expressed no discomfort in the fact of unattainable, self-imposed moral values and the subjectivity of her fulfilment structure.

She is one example of idolatry of self. Every sin and suffering in this world is the direct or indirect consequence of idolatry- that of money, carnal desires, recognition by others, or even wrong concepts of God. Because of the innate desire of humans to find fulfilment, they resort to all forms of worldly things to satisfy it, missing the divine answer that God has already provided. I am guilty of this myself- as much as I desire to make Jesus the only God in my life, there are distractions that turn me away many times. Being human, I have indulged in computer games, found fulfilment in knowledge, pridefully raised myself in the opinions of others, fallen to sexual temptation, and perhaps idolized things that I do not even know.

Then at some point in time, we will all come to a realization that nothing in this world can bring us perfect fulfilment. Wealth will be spent, material possessions will lose relevance, people will disappoint, and activities will become meaningless. The problem with this desire is that if God placed this desire in us, it is of a divine nature and thus must be divinely fulfilled. Any material substitute will never work. Some people try until the end of their lives and still fail in finding it. Elvis Presley, with all his fame and wealth, said that he was lonely nearing the end of his life. Freddie Mercury expressed the same.

Such a divine thirst and longing can only be satisfied by the God who gave it to us. Being perfectly loving in nature, He availed Himself to the world through Jesus Christ, so that we may have a personal relationship with Him. Trust me, I’ve tried many things and Jesus is the only thing that has never failed me. His love is perfect, peace is transcending, and hope, eternal. If only more may come to find this saving grace of Christ!

I have been reading the book “Eternity in their hearts” by Don Richardson. As I read about how God has revealed Himself to all kinds of people worldwide, I cannot help but weep as I realize His divine sovereignty and beautiful love for His people. If we have ever asked, “Why doesn’t God do more to save people who do not know Him?”, we are severely mistaken. He is doing much more than we can imagine, and is waiting for us to take that step to complete His work by sharing the truth of Jesus Christ.

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These days have been passing by rather quickly. We finished our GP terms today, which was quite alright. Well, GP is always quite alright, being so uncertain in nature. And that sounded familiar.. The passage today was about taking risks. Everything we do today would pose, to varying extents, a danger to us. This danger may be physical, as getting injured, emotional, as being rejected. perhaps even psychological or whatever “als” there might be. It is in the nature of the physical world for uncertainty and danger to trail us where ever we go, and whatever we do. Quantum Mechanics has proven this. Or at least, has proven the accurate prediction of events possible, but requiring so much intellect and precision that the process was unanimously declared impossible. The view of our future, or destiny, some may call it, would seem nebulous to many. That is the way of the world.
However, through our faith in Christ Jesus and His grace, we have been saved. Our destiny is determined, as so has been the process. Though we do not know the process, that which is our lives, but we are certain, and have hope that it will be good, as we have been promised. And the wonderful thing about it is that we have faith, so we don’t need to see the process.
Our lives may seem uncertain, but fixing our eyes on our destination, all the world fades away, as we have peace transcending, peace surpassing, and hope for our future.

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It hasn’t been a very good week, or past two weeks. Things didn’t really go very well as usual, but I had good learning experiences. Somehow, I haven’t been remembering things as I should have. There were 2 occurences in which I totally forgot recent events that happened. And it was really forgotton. Even now, I can’t remember it. Aunty Mei Yoke told me I was burning out, and needed to spend more time with God. What she said hit me really hard. I was not surprised though, she seems to know everything everytime. But then, I reflected. It was true, I had not been spending as much time talking to God as I had previously. I was so caught up with my busy schedule that I focused just too much on what I had to complete. And that was when I fell- I was not relying on God anymore. And I suppose that was the reason for all the mistakes I made. Somehow, knowing how lousy I am as a person comforts me. Because it means that all I am, and I have, come from God. For it is in my weaknesses that His strength is revealed. And how true that is. My human body is just lousy, and there is no other word to describe it. But with God, what people think me to be- whether hardworking, intelligent, and whatever else I haven’t heard, comes from God. And I am not ashamed to say it. Just that I have to keep reminding myself of that.

And then, God never fails to remind me, though this time more obviously, that my life here is just a very short period of who I really am. The pastor today shared about the Columbine tragedy. And I really respect those people who died for God, just by proclaiming themselves His children. My life is short, but the only reason why I’m here to fulfill God’s purpose, and nothing else. To tell the truth, I’ve seen a lot of the world. It is condemned, because of how evil humans are by nature. I really have no interest in it anymore. Whatever I think, or deduce does not matter to me, and they don’t bother me anymore. I’m only here to do what God wants me to do. And then I’ll be gone so a better place. I don’t know how soon that’ll be, but that is making me go on now. To live each day for God, waiting for that end.

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