Our Mindful Maker

By Pastor Brad, Walk The Same

Read: Psalm 8:3-4
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

When you think about God, what comes to mind? What’s the first idea, characteristic, or association that you think of? What’s the first thing that pops into your head?

For most people, God is just a concept. For the Christian, however, God is a real person. And the best thing about this person is that He is “mindful of us”—that is, He knows each one of us. While God is the infinite and all-powerful creator and ruler of all the planets, galaxies, and solar systems, the Bible tells us that He’s also our loving Father.

Indeed, the most amazing thing about God is that while He sustains the whole universe in the palm of His hand, He’s also aware of everything that happens to you on it as well. He’s concerned for you and all the troubles and trials that you go through in life. All the things that upset you bring grief to Him too. He shares in your sufferings and understands because He himself has walked the path of suffering.

The psalmist encapsulates this wonder perfectly:

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? (Psalm 8:3-4)

When you think about it, God should have nothing to do with us. We, His prized creations (Psalm 8:5-8), have rejected Him and rebelled against Him. God would have been just and righteous in casting us aside, giving us our due punishment, and starting over. Yet He did not.

Instead, God’s love caused Him not only to sustain His creation, but also to become a part of it. He became man and bore our sins on the cross so that we could be in a personal relationship with Him.

Pride and conceit fall away instantly when we meditate on our mindful Maker—on the Creator God whose infiniteness transcends all human comprehension, and whose tender mercy and patience extends to us as well.

Whenever you’re discouraged or depressed, or tempted to give in to despair, always remember that you have a God who’s mindful of you and is deeply concerned for you. There’s no telling how far He will go to show you His grace and assure you of His love. Always be mindful of your mindful Maker.

Fear has No Power over the Word

By Jude Dias, Walk The Same

Read: Isaiah 41:10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The most common thing that holds people back from moving forward and achieving their dreams is fear. Ask anyone who is hesitant about something, and you’ll find that fear has something to do with it in some way or another. We are no strangers to fear.

We are all created by God to be progressive beings. But life can come to a full stop when we allow fear to take over. The reality is, fear will always come our way to try to stop us in our tracks. Yet we have all been given a destiny, a purpose, and a mission from God which we are called to live out. At the same time, God has provided us with His eternal word and the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us when fear tries to get in our way. It is up to us to make the choice which side we are going to be on: fear or faith.

Do you struggle with fear? Turn to God: He’s always there and will be there for us forever. Instead of giving in to fear, let us choose to place our faith in Jesus.

Not about Me

By Elle, Walk The Same

Read: Romans 12:10
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. “

Over the years, I’ve come to learn that I am the happiest when I see someone whom I love and care about being happy and joyful. The feeling that I get inside cannot be put into words.  That’s not saying that I don’t love it when people do things for me; that makes me happy too. But if you were to ask me to compare the two, I’d say I am even happier when people around me are happy. The joy is infectious and amazing.

When I put the well-being and joy of another person ahead of my own, it makes me realize that much of life isn’t always about me and that it encompasses everyone. We live in a culture where we are told to “pamper ourselves” and to ensure that we are happy and comfortable all the time. In the Bible, however, we see Christ taking on the role of a servant and washing the feet of His disciples. Yes, He is God—yet He chose to put others ahead of His comfort.

We should avoid looking to our own interests and needs only, and learn to love and care for others. This is the way of Christ and this is how we are told to live. It’s not always about me.

Anchor in Jesus and Remain Calm

By Jude Dias, Walk The Same

Read: Psalms 18:2
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Have you ever experienced turbulence in an airplane? It’s pretty scary. The plane seems to shudder, and soar and dip alternately. It is not pleasant. But what is scarier is the knowledge that this huge machine flying in the air has nothing to support it should something go wrong.

Ships face a similar predicament when the sea gets rough. But no matter how bad it gets, a ship is safe and secure when it has its anchor set. The ship will remain steady and not be tossed around.

I like to think of God being that boat with an anchor, and me being the passenger. When we choose God to be our refuge and carrier in the rough seas of life, we will always be secure in Him no matter how rough the waves of our circumstances. He is unchanging and unfailing, and He has proven this to us through His works and the amazing things that He continues to do every day.

Like the sea, life will always be unpredictable. Sometimes, things will be serene and beautiful; at other times, turbulence is all we get. When that hits us, whom we depend on will decide whether we sink or float. When our hope in this journey is anchored on Christ, we will not be shaken, no matter how hard things get.