OFWs prophesied to undergo sufferings

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will…” (Romans 12:2, the Holy Bible).


WORRYING SHOWS LACK OF FAITH IN GOD: Today, let us look at the subject matter of “worrying”. Many of us engage in this habit regularly, making it almost as an inseparable part of our lives. We worry about almost everything. We seem to think that nothing will ever work out right.

We worry that we will have no money, we worry about our health, about our work, about our families. This is not good. The fact is that, if we worry, we are actually confessing that we do not have faith in God. We are actually saying that God will not be able to take care of our needs, and of our lives.

We are in fact making God a liar, telling Him His promises of love, care, protection, guidance and blessings are not true, and that there is a force greater than Him that would ruin all these promises.

Well, it is time to stop all these worrying. It is time to change our minds. This is what we should do—change our minds—as Romans 12:1-2 of the Bible is telling us.


OFWs PROPHESIED TO UNDERGO SUFFERINGS: Indeed, one of the lesser-known prophecies in the Bible found in the book of Deuteronomy is playing itself out among many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) now.

The prophecy says: “If you no longer listen to the Lord your God, and no long obey His commands… all of these curses will overtake you… Your sons and daughters will be given to other nations, and you shall wear out your eyes waiting for them, powerless to lift a hand…”

This prophecy is contained under Deuteronomy 28:15 and 32, and it would do OFWs and their families well to read this over and over again, and know that danger, suffering and even death certainly await them when they go abroad and work. But then, while the prophecy talks about danger and death for those who will be sent abroad, it nevertheless gives what appears to be a sure-fire protection.

The question to ask is this: why is the book of Deuteronomy saying that the curse of sons and daughters being given to other nations will overtake many? The answer is, because people no longer listen to God and no longer obey Him.

Consequently, if OFWs want to be spared from this curse, they should start listening to God (that is, reading His Bible) and obeying His commands all over again.


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