God's word in today's world

You and me

Philippians 4:1-9

Paul starts the last chapter of his letter to the people in Philippa as follows: 1My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride.

I sat brooding on this verse for some time and then realized it also applied to me. Not so much in respect of the people of Philippa, as for the Kruispad readers. In the IT world we talk about Kruispad, but in church terms we talk about the members of the Kruispad congregation. And I’m so glad about each and every one of the thousands of Kruispad congregation members.

I’m so grateful that God uses me, a crooked stick, to hit a straight shot. Deo Gloria.

A short while ago the story of life became clear to me. I was not included in my parents’ family planning programme. My mom was sterilized after the fifth child’s birth; however, I was born exactly 365 days after my youngest sister. It was so wonderful for me to realize that despite my parents’ planning and the doctors’ attempts, God already had someone in mind to serve his children electronically in the 21st century.

I feel small and my eyes water!

Yes, I feel like a king, while still amazed that God is using me. What an enormous privilege to bring God’s Word in today’s language. This has been my dream since I was a child and today I have the privilege of living my dream.

In the second part of verse 1 Paul turns away from himself, expressing a longing about the readers: 1… Don’t waver. Stay on track, steady in God.

And it is also my desire that each Kruispad reader will remain faithful to the road that God points out to us.

I know it is not easy out there in the world. It feels to me that there’s a crisis waiting to happen around every corner. With all our power we struggle to get through the month, but before we know it another crisis comes knocking on the door.

What a noise. What a terrible noise.

And then it’s not so easy to hear God’s voice. It’s not easy to know what we should do in every situation. It’s even more difficult to know exactly what road we should take.

That is why I wish, hope, dream and pray that every day, before the noise of the world becomes too much, you will find quiet time to spend with God. That you will develop an intimate relationship with God so that you will hear and see the road that God shows you for your day and your life.

May this be true for my and your life. I pray that it will be so – now and forever. Amen!


Are you living your dream?

Are you on God’s road?

Do you spend enough time in devotionals?


O Father, how many times have I taken the wrong turn. How many times have I begged for the right directions. I know it could be me not spending enough quiet time with You. I must make changes. Please help me! Amen

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