But what if I’m not following God’s perfect plan for my life? What if I messed everything up? What if the other choice would have been better? Why did you bring me here God, when this clearly isn’t working?
Throughout my life I have always seen God’s will as some sort of perfect plan that I always have to find. I have stressed myself out so much wondering what God wants me to do. However, I’ve recently realized that God’s plan isn’t some rigid line that I always have to figure out. God calls me to be faithful, and that’s it.
God calls us to follow him in the present moment. Not the future. Not in the shame of our past decisions. Right here and right now, be faithful.
Don’t believe me? Look up bible verses about being God’s will. It’s never about a specific detail, but about the overall way we live our everyday lives. God lays out his law and then tells us to follow it. He gives the people a command and says “Walk with me in it.” He doesn’t say, go, search and find what college/job/house I want for you so that you can have the ideal life. He says things like “Be humble” and “Flee from sin.” Notice how both of those things can be done during any college career, in any job, living in any house. Stop looking for what to do and start looking at how to do it. Take my college decisions for example- I never got the lighting bolt moment when God told me where he wanted me to go to college. In fact, I didn’t feel as though God was telling me where to go to college at all. I don’t think he cared. He just wanted me to go, and I listened. He would have worked at any college, and blessed me in any place. I can follow the Lord wherever I go. He doesn’t care where I am, he just cares that I encounter him there.
Yes, there are moments in time when God puts a specific calling on people’s hearts for certain decisions. I’m not trying to undermine those moments; God does work that way. However, he doesn’t always work that way. I want to encourage everyone out there who isn’t having one of those specific calling moments: you can stop stressing. Ask yourself how you can be the most faithful. If the two options you have are both circumstances where you can follow God wholeheartedly, then just choose the one you like! All God wants you to be is faithful.
So be faithful in the ordinary moments of life. Jesus tells us to pick up our crosses daily and follow him. You don’t have to search for the perfect adventure to bring glory to God. Just be faithful in every moment of your normal routine. Hold the door open for people and smile at the cashier. Live your ordinary life out in faithfulness to the will of God. And what is that exactly? Well he tells us pretty clearly in Micah 6:8- He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God? That’s it. Just be faithful to God’s commands for justice, mercy, and humility as you live in whatever place in whatever situation. Don’t look for something more. Just be faithful now, in the ordinary.
The Scholars of Tafseer(e.g. Tabari, ibn Katheer, etc) mention that fleeing to Allah as is mentioned in the Quran[see suratu Dhaariyaat] means fleeing to him from your sins with sincere repentance. In this great month should we not be of those who flee to Allah from our sins at such a time where he has made it more easy than any other time to repent and obtain his mercy?
In my mind I hold the passion, panacea for the poison
My bruised and battered body washes up upon the shore,
Sin flees from leaking wounds like rats from sinking ships.
As I float off to forever with these words upon my lips:
No, I never asked for nothing and that’s just what I got.
An idea that’s been floating around my head for awhile. What if the Meta-Nanites had been too much? Too draining on Rex, too taxing on his body. What if there had been repercussions for curing the whole world? Like I know the meta-nanites were made specifically to work with Rex but even Ceasar couldn’t have planed for Rex to cure the world.
The 10th of Muharram marks the day Musa (peace be upon him) and the Children of Israel were saved from Pharaoh and his army. Historically, Jews would keep a fast to mark this occasion and Muslims have continued this tradition by keeping an optional fast on this day as well as an additional fast a day before or a day after. The incident is mentioned in various places in the Qur’an and it is also mentioned in the Old Testament in the ‘Book of Exodus’.
The story of the splitting of the sea is well known but what lessons can we learn from this? Here are 5 lessons we can learn from Musa’s escape from Pharaoh.
1. Do your part
Musa (peace be upon him) did not lie idle waiting for a miracle. He could have stayed put and prayed to Allah to deal with Pharaoh but he did not, rather he did all that he could in his personal capacity until he could go no further when faced by the sea in front of him and Pharaoh and his army behind him. Only then, did the miracle of the parting of the sea take place.
This life is one of cause and effects, miracles can happen but our responsibility is that we do everything we can in our personal capacity then leave it to Allah.
2. Never lose hope in Allah
Musa (peace be upon him) and his people faced certain death, either it would be from Pharaoh’s army who were in close pursuit behind them or they would be forced to enter the sea in which it would be impossible to survive. Despite this, Musa never lost hope in Allah’s promise. Some of his followers started to lose hope and began exclaiming:
“Indeed, we are to be overtaken!”
Surah Ash-Shu’arah, Ayah 61
In spite of this, Musa’s faith did not waiver and he said to his people with full certainty:
“No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.”
Surah Ash-Shu’arah, Ayah 61
And so, the sea was parted opening a way for Musa and the Children of Israel to escape.
We too must never lose hope in Allah, though we may be in situations where we may think that there’s no way out, let’s remember that the help of Allah is always near. If Allah can part the sea to help Musa and his people, He too can remove our difficulties and obstacles. What’s required of us is that we have complete reliance in Allah and have hope in Him.
3. Miracles can happen
Though miracles are exclusive to Prophets, we too can experience miracles in a general sense. We’ve all probably experienced moments in our lives where everything seemingly was going wrong only for the situation to be saved by a series of events which happened coincidentally or by chance. As believers, we believe that everything happens only by the will of Allah and though something may seem like a coincidental string of events, we believe that it was all planned by Allah.
4. Flee from sins
When the Children of Israel were being persecuted and they could no longer freely practice their religion, Allah instructed Musa (peace be upon him) to flee with them to another land. If we too are faced with such a situation and our Iman is at risk, we too should try to flee to a place where we can safeguard our faith.
Alhamdulillah most of us will not be in such a predicament where our Iman is in danger but we may be in a situation where we may fall into sin. It may be due to who we socialise with or places we visit or even the neighbourhood we live in. If we are in a situation where it is difficult to avoid sin or we find ourselves persistently committing sins due to such factors, we should leave those places or those associates who have a bad influence on us.
If we have ‘friends’ who we have tried to invite to good but we find that instead, they are pulling us towards the wrong path, we should disassociate with them if such a relationship takes us away from the right path.
5. Change now
When Pharaoh and his army were engulfed by the sea and they began drowning, Pharaoh cried out:
“I believe that there is no deity except that in whom the Children of Israel believe, and I am of the Muslims.”
Surah Yunus, Ayah 90
But this declaration of faith was not accepted by Allah as he had already began his transition into the next life and the veils of the unseen had begun to unravel before him. As believers we too must not wait until it’s too late. Our book of deeds will be sealed when death overtakes us and from then on, we can no longer add a good deed (except if we did acts of Sadaqah Jariyah) nor edit out any sins that have been recorded.
The mercy of Allah is vast and every day His doors of repentance is open to us. All we have to do is ask and have a firm resolve to change and our Lord, The Most Merciful will erase our sins as if they never happened!
It is true I may be an apparent loser by declining evil company, but I had better leave my cloak than lose my character; it is not needful that I should be rich, but it is imperative upon me to be pure. No ties of friendship, no chains of beauty, no flashings of talent, no shafts of ridicule must turn me from the wise resolve to flee from sin. The devil I am to resist and he will flee from me, but the lusts of the flesh, I must flee, or they will surely overcome me. O God of holiness preserve thy Josephs, that Madam Bubble bewitch them not with her vile suggestions. May the horrible trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil, never overcome us! — Charles Spurgeon
Hi dear anon! I just want to tell you three important things:
1. You don’t deserve to be judged just because you are gay.
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor? -James 4:12
2. You deserve to be loved because everyone deserves it whether straight or gay.
The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself. - Gal 5:14
3. God loves you!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
Let us make sure that He did not die in vain. He was crucified because of our sins, let us embrace His gift of salvation and turn away from our sins. Let us deny ourselves and carry our own cross.
Knowing the fact that God loves us doesn’t mean we should be compromised of sinning. He loves us so much but He hates sins – things that do not come from Him. He hates what we do that isn’t glorifying Him. A crown is waiting for us afterlife if we remained steadfast. If we aren’t ready to give up something we hold unto this world that is too hard to let go and is not giving honor to Him, we aren’t ready for that crown, we aren’t ready to enter His kingdom.
The Scripture says:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. -1 Cor 6:9-11
Flee from sexual immorality. Every sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. -1 Cor 6:18-19
At the end of the day, we will get tired of satisfying our flesh. We just have to focus on what really matters. Follow Christ, accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior, and repent.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.(2 Cor 5:17) But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Cor 6:17).
If we are one with Him in spirit and have truly accepted Christ in our hearts, we will do His will no matter how difficult it is.
May God bless you dear anon! I’m telling this out of love.
This is the third time this has occurred to me. When I’m scheduled to be on worship team, my throat becomes the sore in the morning, usually discouraging me to go through with it. But I realise that every single time I persevere, and choose to praise Him, there is complete victory in that. The enemy wants you to back down, to stay in bed or stay in a situation filled with sin and laziness. I say choose to praise God instead, run toward Him, flee from your sin. It will hurt in the process, but true joy and real satisfaction comes from Him. There is a God space and a God place in each of our hearts, only He can fill.