Dearly beloved, the Bible assures, “A faithful man will be richly blessed…” (Proverbs 28:20).
Sometimes our love for God is tested. (II Corinthians 8:8). Even Abraham was tested in the same manner. The Lord heard the prayer of Abraham, had compassion on him and blessed him with a lovely son. But He wanted to test the love of Abraham. Hence He asked him to sacrifice his son. Abraham did not hesitate to sacrifice his son. He loved God much more than his son.
The Almighty God was very much pleased with his love. He felt so proud of Abraham. Abraham came out victorious in the test of love. The Bible says, “…In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us” (Romans 8:37).
Dearly beloved, when you too face such trials and temptations in your life, cling on to Lord Jesus and love Him with all your heart.
After I got married, I lost two children one after another. Only then the Lord graciously blessed me with two children. One is my son Paul Dhinakaran and the other is my daughter Angel. You can easily imagine the agony I had gone through when I lost my precious daughter at the age of 17. As a mother I cried over her body. I firmly believed that the Lord would never let me down and He would somehow raise my daughter and use her in His ministry. But He had other plans for us. He did not resurrect my daughter. My heart was broken to pieces.
At that juncture, just like Abraham I showed much love towards God. Even without my knowledge, I surrendered myself completely for God’s ministry. Of course, even today I go through agony when I think about my daughter. At the same time, when I look at the face of God, I am filled with His love and that helps me to forget my sorrow. That was how I have passed through the last 26 years.
Probably, you have also gone through such losses and sorrows in your life. Please do not waste your life by crying over your losses. The Lord who sees you will certainly help you to come out of your sorrow.
The Bible says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29). It adds, “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). Lord Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
Cling on to God who will help you to do everything (Philippians 4:13). He will strengthen you to bear all your sorrows. You will be amazed at His guidance. When you love the Lord with all your heart and please Him in everything, He will shower His richest blessings upon you.
Loving Lord Jesus,
You manifested your love for mankind by laying down your life. Help me to be faithful in my love towards You. Help me to live by faith during times of trial and overcome them. Make me a conqueror by the power of your might. Let nothing separate me from your love. Confer your richest blessings upon me and fill my heart with joy and peace.
In Your matchless name I pray.