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This is my first post so pardon me if it’s rusty.  I just want to share with you my thoughts from my quiet time and I hope that you could do the same.  Like most Christians, I experience constant struggles and I know how it would be extremely helpful to have someone along to share our pains, insights and stories.

As I was doing my quiet time this morning, I realized that my Bible reading centered on one theme: HOPE. I am just starting my annual Bible reading finishing the first 6 chapters of the Bible. I have read through the book of Genesis perhaps more than 10 times in my lifetime mostly due to my Christian school background. But this morning was different. It was as if I was reading the Scripture for the very first time.

First realization was – we were created for God’s pleasure. This is quite a revelation even after reading THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE. Anyway, looking at the Creation and all of the processes and thought that came into it – there was really no reason for God to create man except that it pleased Him. I was just thinking – like a child creating a paper boat out of an old newspaper, the purpose of our existence is simply to please God. I could just imagine how frustrated God is as a Creator with all of the disappointments and hurts we gave Him. But more than that, I am amazed with how He fell in love with us that even with all of the pain and frustrations – He kept us and loved us.

I remember how I usually hold on to things because of memories. Even when I cannot use the object anymore, I would hold on to it because of the pleasure and memories it gave. However, no matter how attached the object is to me, I would eventually throw it or give it away. That is the normal relationship between the creator and the creation. Imagine how great God’s love for us to give up His Son to make us worthy to be saved from being thrown away. Rather than looking at our elaborate plans to fulfill our life mission, perhaps, it will be better if we just focus on our single, most important purpose and live it every single day of our lives and fulfill it on every single thing that we do: to bring pleasure (delight, joy, happiness, fulfillment) to God. Maybe it’s just as simple as doing our tasks the best way possible, making an effort to clean the environment, helping an elderly cross the street or just making our day as productive as possible.

One interesting story that I focused on was the story of Cain.  Most of us would remember Cain as the evil brother who killed Abel.  Well, Cain’s story can mean a lot of things.  When I read it today, I saw a beautiful and touching love story.

One revelation from Cain’s story is HOPE.  After murder, Cain’s life have turned upside down.  He was an outcast.  A murderer.  He can be easily judged with death.  But God offered him an alternative.  God offered Cain a new life – it may be a life outside of his old one but a new one nonetheless.  In a way, God might have said.. “Hey, we cannot change the past…what you have done in the past…but here’s a new life – take it and start anew.  Your life does not end here.”

Cain’s story shows many lessons.  But this morning – it showed me the reality of God’s immeasurable love. When God threw Cain from Eden – Cain pleaded that he will not be given a mark because the men who will recognize him will try to kill him for vengeance. God did not only command that no man should kill Cain but also gave a consequence – that if anyone should kill Cain, he shall be avenged seven-fold. This much work for a murderer!  God offered a new start for Cain! It is not only forgiveness but great love!  It’s as if God was saying, “Go ahead my child, start a new life with Me and I will guarantee that no man will harm you.”

If God can love us like that – then we have eternal hope. There is hope to change our bad ways, quit our vices, resist temptation, break our bondage, restore broken relationships and such forth. God has not only given us an avenue to do so through Jesus but has also shown Himself that He will love us no matter what.

There are new developments to the administration of this site. For your info, I originally intended this blog as a chronological sharing of my quiet times. However, I decided that there are times that one subject may be more timely or of the essence or I am just more excited to share. So there, don’t be surprised that there will be times when I will be jumping back and forth from one chapter or book.