Scripture Reading: Acts 16:6-7
St. Paul set out on a clear mission: to spread the good news and adhered to God’s call. As his journey continue, Hel had confidence that God was with him and was guiding him. However, when he approached Troas (in modern-day Turkey), Paul didn’t know what to do or where to go. He encountered a future filled with unknowns. Amidst this confusion, Paul did not give in to frustration and doubt. God revealed to him through a vision and directed him to Macedonia. In the midst of the unknown, God was directed Paul in a new path. Looking back, Paul could see why God wanted him to do something different than he had planned.
Beloved in Christ, the future you planned for may not be working out as planned. God may block the path we thought were best for us, for reasons we don’t understand at times. Doors may close in ways we didn’t expect. We simply may not know exactly where to go. Sometimes life can be confusing, and it is difficult to know which decisions to make. Thankfully, we have a Father who has sent his Spirit to speak and lead us through life’s winding paths. He has a plan for each of our lives, and He desires to partner with us to watch it unfold. May you find rest today in the direction God brings. Whenever we are confused as to the direction of our lives, we need to remember Paul’s example. Start by being faithful to what God has revealed. Stick to God’s will. Obey His Word and the direction we have received. Always be sensitive to His Spirit. Pray and seek Him until we have His peace and He confirms His direction. Remember, God is with you right now. Commit your way to Him. Be confident that He will guide you. Have faith that He will supply your needs and direct your steps. The Psalmist says, “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.” (PSALM 37:23). Remember, 1 Samuel 2:9 “He guards the steps of His faithful ones, but the wicked perish in darkness; for by his own strength shall no man prevail.”
MASS: GREEN/WHITE Rom 1:1-7; Ps 98:1.2-3ab.3cd-4(R.2a); Accl: Ps 95:7d.8a; Gospel. Lk 11:29-32 ST. JOHN XXIII (OPT MEM)
1. O Lord, my God, help me to trust You with my decisions and my future. Let me lean on You with all my heart instead of relying on my own imperfect understanding. Give me clear guidance in my life, Lord. As I submit myself to You, I know that You will direct my paths and I can have confidence that your direction is always the best way to go. Hear my prayer, Father. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Exercise: Pray with Psalm 17:5
Meditation: Proverbs 16:9