Friday, December 11, 2015

OT DAY 397 - When Coincidence Happened (Please click here for English podcast)

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Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

   Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
       for in you I trust.
    Make me know the way I should go,
       for to you I lift up my soul.
                    Psalm 143:8

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (Ruth 2:1-9)


Now Naomi had a relative of her husband's, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech. And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.”Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.”
Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.”
                 Ruth 2:1-9

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmax47l2hLU

My Listening
          What do you think of coincidence? Do you think that is just a coincidence that Ruth went to Boaz's field. And, that is another coincidence that Boaz came back from Bethlehem at the right timing to see and greet Ruth? 

         Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
    
         The Ruth story alerted us to the role of coincidence or chance in what is happening when it commented on how chance took Ruth to the part of the fields that belonged to someone related to her father-in-law. The implication of this coincidence is now made explicit. Naomi and Ruth had not prayed that Ruth would be led to the right field, but Ruth simply "happened" to end up in the best field possible. It was not only that she got treated really well and managed to gather a significant amount of grain, though that was so. 

John Goldingay. Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.175.

       
           William Temple, the Archbishop of Canterbury (1881-1944) says, "When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't." 

           How can you catch those coincidences happening to you so that God's work be done? How can you not miss those coincidences so that God's preparation won't be wasted by your blindness and carelessness? 

           How can you become a person of prayers so that God can give you more coincidences? 
        
    Dear Lord Jesus, 
    Open our eyes to see those coincidences and be able to catch those moments to do your mighty work.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
    1. Do you believe in coincidences? 

2. How can you catch those coincidences happening to you so that God's work be done? How can you not miss those coincidences so that God's preparation won't be wasted by your blindness and carelessness? How can you become a person of prayers so that God can give you more coincidences?   

3. What have you got from Jesus today?

Today's Time with Abba daily reading:
Psalm 139:7-12
Amos 4:1-6:14
Revelation 2:18-3:6
Proverbs 29:21-22

Photos of my copying the Bible today using Time with Abba passages 










Today we successfully completed a seven days 7a.m. Copying the Bible class. We had around 30 people participated every morning from 7a.m. to 8:10a.m..










Praise and Thanksgiving

Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:
10,000 Reasons


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