Ng Peh Cheng spoke at Chapel last Wednesday (5th September).
She has provided the following summary.
We have the tendency to submit a list
of questions to God and find it rather difficult to sing praises to Him
when we find ourselves in a 'wilderness experience'. In an adverse or unhappy
situation, we question God, "Why did this happen to me?" "Why did you allow
this to happen?" "Where were you when it happened?" "Should they perish
in the hotel fire where they gathered for a Christian meeting to serve
I believe God has given us an inquiring
mind and asking Him questions is a necessary intellectual exercise. To
stop asking questions is to stop learning. It is not wrong for Christians
to ask questions when things go wrong, but questions can be used to draw
us closer to God to know Him better, or to doubt God and draw us further
away from Him.
I have kept a tract in my Bible which
I refer to whenever disappointment or discouragement invades. The title
is 'This Thing Is From Me' by Laura A. Barter Snow, from which I would
like to share the blessing of inculcating a habit of reading adverse circumstances
from God's perspective. The tract begins with this assurance for Christians:
"My child, I have a message for you today; let me whisper it in your ear,
that it may gild with glory any storm clouds which may arise, and smooth
the rough places upon which you have to tread. It is short - only five
words - but let them sink into your inmost soul; use them as a pillow upon
which to rest your weary head: THIS THING IS FROM ME. Have you ever thought
of it, that all that concerns you, concerns ME, too? For 'whoever touches
you touches the apple of His eye' (Zechariah 2:8)."
The author mentions 9 negative areas
which Christians may experience and labels them as 'interruptions' in their
Christian walk: the experience of facing temptations, financial difficulties,
interpersonal conflict, griefs, betrayal, 'someone repeated things about
you that are untrue', unfinished plans, sickness and 'occupying a difficult
and responsible position'. From my experience, we can react by doubting
God when confronted with one of these situations. Or, we can interact with
the Heavenly Father to seek to see from His perspective being aware that
"interruptions are divine instructions and "You are precious and honored
in my sight, and because I love you" (Isaiah 43:4). Therefore, the author
concludes, it is His 'special delight to educate us' particularly through
the negative things we have to face.