Man Proposes, God Disposes

Man Proposes, God Disposes

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55: 8-9

It’s clear from the above what Prophet Isaiah was trying to convey to us. In Proverbs 3:5 we are told :”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Our steps and destiny are guided by God. Man can only do the possible and leave he impossible to God.

When man fails to understand something or cannot fathom a solution to a problematic event, we like to term it as a “mystery”. To God nothing is a mystery. Nothing is impossible. You may say that to Napoleon the word “impossible” was not to be found in his dictionary, but there was Waterloo to prove otherwise. But when God deliberately reduced Gideon’s army to a mere number against the might of his enemies, God’s almightiness squashed all human doubts with resounding victories.

Impossible happenings to human beings are termed as “miracles”. In Jesus’ time, the lame walked, the lepers healed, the deaf heard, the dumb talked, and Lazarus who was dead and gone, rose from his grave at the command of Jesus. From the creation of the universe in a matter of days to the feeding of thousands with merely two loaves of bread and five fishes all spelt the glory of God. There are countless wonders and miracles filling the pages of the Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. Still human beings harbour doubts in their hearts.

We are nothing without God. Like the lilies of the valley that come on with Spring and fading away with Summer, the same it is with humans. Are we permanent features that will withstand time and last forever? You know the answer to that. Quo vadis? Where do we go from here?

There is but one place for all eternity. From the womb to the tomb there is but one room – it’s either up in heaven or down in hell where for all eternity you’ll yell! Better be up and about and draw near to God above.

Be saved and sound

Rather in hell be found!

Paul Chong

The Family – Face of Our Civilisation

 

Family Kiama: The face of our civilisation is the family

 

An United Family A Thousand Successes

It’s the unit that

Respect & honour bound in unity

breed past & present society

It must be the consideration for all eternity.


 

The new age sets the modern trend

The family is set to end

Marriages are no longer grand

When like-sex togetherness lawfully stand.


 

The sins of the world are multiplying in fold

Crimes & offences are prevailing bold

Young and old no longer can be told

The ideals of goodness can’t be sold.


 

We must ponder and be back to the basics

For the solutions and answers that we seek

Stop this decay before society gets too sick

God‘s principles and guidance must we stick.


 

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

 

 

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

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“Praise the LORD, O my soul;

all my inmost being,

praise his holy name.

Praise the LORD, O my soul,

And forget not all his benefits –

who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

(Psalm 103: Verses 1-5)

In this beautiful Psalm, there are seven meaningful verbs,

well chosen to instil a process of hope and positiveness . . . forgets, forgives,

heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies, and renewed.

When hurts roar, let your hope soar.

Your heart might be breaking,

A million pieces shattering.

Feeling’s such a delicate thing

It’s hard even with gentle mending.

A process and period of grieving

Is essential for healing.

The heart may grieve for all eternity,

That’s when understanding can lift it but not pity.

Troubled waters roar with great muddy swells.

Bridging it requires skill to break the spell.

For despair and despondency creep,

Even while you sleep.

Your whole being becomes so engrossed,

Nothing stimulates, enthusiasm’s lost.

A soothing word, a gentle hand

A listening heart and patience spent

Will calm the roar in the end.

To forgive is divine

To forget exceptionally fine.

Christ heals to redeem

Crowns and satisfies to extreme

Renewed spirit sets to spring.

© Paul Chong

Time – The Threshold of Eternity

TIME – THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY

(Read Ecclesiastes 3)

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William Shakespeare, the great English playwright, said that everybody had twenty-four hours a day. . . it’s what you do with your time that matter. Time, after all, is an illusion. It expands

and contracts to suit one’s convenience.

Time on earth is brief and fleeting

Rapidly it passes like a ship a-sailing

Three score and ten years are but a span

The life of man does come to an end.

Time cannot be accumulated nor recalled

Every moment though precious, cannot be stored

Unlike the bank of money deposits can be made

The bank of time offers only “Take”.

Time can be spent or wasted in reality

Make your priorities with keen possibilities

Procrastinate not with rationalization

God’s calling requires no justification.

There is a time for everything

Everything demands your right thinking

No human logic can be applied however

When it comes to God’s grace and power.

Make your spiritual life count

Care not just your bank account

Send your booking ahead to heaven

Lest it’s too late towards the end.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent