Sunday, 20th March 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
God never promised our lives will be smooth, but He promised to always be with us through ups and downs. Today is the second day of Purim, and also the last day of our 40 days of praying and fasting. It’s a day of feasting and giving gifts, a day of turning defeat into victory, and a day to witness the glory of God. Through the celebration, we share the joy with those around us.
Even though the Pandemic continues, the winter is coming, and there seem to be bad news all around the world. We often ask where God is and why He allows these things happen in our lives. The values of the world teach us to do good deeds in order to receive peace and blessings. But this is not how it works in the Kingdom of God, despite of hardship and difficulties, God is always with us and He will always provide for us. The world might see us as the defeated, but God can always turn our defeat into victory.
Psalm 23:4-5 ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.’
God is with us, so we don’t have to be afraid
The rod and the staff are to lead the sheep, when the sheep are going astray, the Shepherd will guide them back to the right path. We may be walking through the dark valleys, but when we choose to pray and give thanks, then we can receive peace. God’s rod and staff are not to punish us but to love us and keep us safe. We may feel defeated at times, we may think that we have no wat out, we must reach out to God, look up to the cross, know that God will not leave us. God is real, we don’t have to be afraid.
God’s rod and staff will fight for us
God is fighting for us in front of our enemies. When we walk astray, when we don’t see the way in front of us, we must know that God is fighting for us. He is with us, He will turn our defeat into victory, and we don’t need to be afraid. God is a victorious God, do we believe in it? We might be sick or poor, but can we still see God’s blessings with us? How do we respond to our hardship? Do we see the feast God has prepared for us in front of our enemies? God will give us peace beyond our understanding. God is real.
Simply believe in God, His rod and His staff is fighting for us. We ay be facing financial issues, health issues, relationship issues… God can turn our defeat into victory, as long as we believe in it. This is the second day of Purim, God is giving us this anointing and God can do it!