He looks after you - 21 Novem ber 2014

Danny Fourie

For I am convinced that neither death nor life … will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

Sometimes we think that we, who believe in God, will escape the pain and sorrow in life. You may know God, and yet there are difficult times in your marriage. You may have asked God in prayer to guide you in choosing the right job, and now things are difficult at the office.

It reminds me of the time Jesus invited his disciples to go with him in a boat to the other side of a lake. They encountered a heavy storm and the disciples cried out in anguish that they were going to drown. Jesus resented the fact that they were afraid: “Where is your faith?” Did they forget that he invited them and that he would have seen to it that they would get safely to the other side? Jesus was the guarantee that they would be safe. After that Jesus calmed the storm.

We should also expect this from life. There will always be storms, even though we get into the boat with Jesus. We have to remember two things. The forces of evil, of sickness, of life and death are strong. Often on our way in life we come across these forces. But the second thing that we must know is that the power of Jesus is always stronger. He uses his power to lead us through heights and depths.

Often the anxiety and fear for our circumstances are so big, that we forget that Jesus' power is greater. Faith is to trust Jesus that he will take care. Faith is to say: My life is in God's hands. Faith is to believe that Jesus is there for you and that he will fulfil his plans for your life.

Jesus promised: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Prayer: Help me Lord to entrust my life to you. Thank you for being there for me and for taking care of me. Amen

He is not a like a boss - 20 November 2014

Danny Fourie

The younger one said to his father, “Father, give me my share of the estate.”  Luke 15:12

The parable of the prodigal son remains gripping: The boy who has grown tired of the farm, took his inheritance, went away and eventually landed up in a pigsty.

The boy's father did not hold him back at all. He let him go. God does this with us too. If we do not want to be with God anymore, he lets us go. Of course he would not want us to go. He gives us our inheritance too: our eyes, ears, hands, mind, whatever God at our birth gave us. With this you may then do as you wish.

But what does such a life without God looks like, a life without the church, without faith, without a Bible? Is there any meaning in such a life? The son in the parable apparently enjoyed his life. But later on he missed something. He did not have a friend, a real friend. When his money and partying was over, he had no friends left. The only company he had were the pigs. And he was jealous of the pigs, because they at least had something to eat.

Then he realized that his father was actually his Friend. It dawned on him that his Father was not like a boss. There were rules at his Father’s house, but his Father cared for him. He realized that he had made a mistake and decided to go back. What a brave decision.

Would his Father take him back, he wondered? Yes, he thought, because my Father is my Friend, isn’t he? And so it was. His Father was waiting for him and welcomed him with open arms.

Prayer: Thank you heavenly Father that I am your child. Thank you that I am at home with you. And thank you that you love me and care about me. Amen

Hy sorg vir jou - 21 November 2014

Danny Fourie

Hiervan is ek oortuig: geen dood of lewe … kan ons van die liefde van God skei nie … Romeine 8:38-39

Soms dink ons omdat ons in God glo, sal ons die swaar en seer in die lewe vryspring. Julle ken God, en tog is daar moeilike tye in julle huwelik. Jy het gebid oor watter werk jy moet aanvaar, en nou is daar tog spanning by die werk.

Dit is soos die keer toe Jesus sy dissipels genooi het om saam met Hom in 'n skuit na die oorkant van 'n meer te vaar. Daar kom toe 'n storm en die dissipels roep beangs dat hulle gaan verdrink. Jesus het hulle kwalik geneem dat hulle bang was: “Waar was julle geloof?” Hy het hulle genooi en Hy sou mos sorg dat hulle veilig by die oorkant kom. Jesus was die waarborg dat hulle veilig sou wees. Daarna het Jesus toe die storm stilgemaak.

Dit moet ons ook van die lewe verwag. Daar sal altyd storms wees, al klim 'n mens ook saam met Jesus in die skuit. Ons moet twee dinge onthou. Die magte van die kwaad, van siekte, van sonde en dood is sterk. Hierdie magte kruis dikwels ons paaie. Maar die tweede ding wat ons moet weet, is dat die mag van Jesus altyd groter is. Hy gebruik sy mag om ons deur hoogtes en dieptes te lei.

Dikwels is die angs en vrees vir ons omstandighede so groot, dat ons vergeet dat Jesus se mag groter is. Geloof is om Jesus te vertrou dat Hy vir jou sal sorg. Geloof is om te kan sê: My lewe is in God se hande. Geloof is om te vertrou dat Jesus daar is en sy planne met jou lewe sal deurvoer.

Dit het Jesus beloof: “Ek is by julle al die dae tot die voleinding van die wêreld.” Matteus 28:20

Gebed: Help my Here Jesus om U met my lewe te vertrou. Dankie dat U daar is vir my en na my sal omsien. Amen.

Hy is nie soos 'n baas nie - 20 November 2014

Danny Fourie

Die jongste seun het vir sy pa gesê: “Pa, gee my die deel van die besittings wat my toekom.”  Lukas 15:12

Die gelykenis van die verlore seun bly aangrypend: Die seun wat moeg geword het vir die boerdery, sy erfdeel gevat, weggeloop en uiteindelik in 'n varkhok beland het.

Die seun se pa het hom nie teruggehou nie. Hy het hom laat gaan. God doen dit ook met ons. As ons nie meer by God wil bly nie, laat Hy ons gaan. Natuurlik wil Hy nie hê dat ons moet gaan nie. Hy gee ons ook ons erfdeel saam: ons oë, ore, hande, verstand, alles wat God by ons geboorte aan ons gegee het. Daarmee mag jy dan doen wat jy wil.

En hoe lyk so 'n lewe sonder God, sonder kerk, sonder geloof en sonder 'n Bybel? Het so 'n lewe betekenis? Die seun in die gelykenis het sy lewe geniet. Maar hy het iets gemis. Hy het nie 'n vriend gehad nie, 'n ware Vriend. Toe sy geld op en die partytjies verby was, het hy niemand gehad nie. Al geselskap wat hy toe gehad het, was die varke. En hy was jaloers op die varke, want hulle het ten minste iets gehad om te eet.

Toe besef hy dat sy pa eintlik sy Vriend was. Dit het tot hom deurgedring dat sy Pa nie 'n baas is nie. Daar was reëls by sy Pa se huis, maar sy Pa het vir hom omgegee. Hy het gesien dat hy 'n fout gemaak het en het besluit om terug te gaan. Wat 'n dapper besluit.

Sou sy Pa hom terugneem, het hy gewonder? Ja, het hy gedink, want my Pa is mos my Vriend. En dit was ook so. Die Pa het hom ingewag en sy arms om hom geslaan toe hy by die huis kom.

Gebed: Dankie hemelse Vader dat ek u kind is. Dankie dat ek by U tuis is. En dat U my liefhet en vir my omgee. Amen.

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