Scripture reading:Psalm 126:1-6
One thing Satan does is to make the children of God have wrong notion about God so that they can feel grieved about what they do not have. The devil painted entirely a different picture of who God is to Adam and Evil making them to distrust God and they lost everything in an attempt to try the other way. Vs, 5-6 of our scripture reference today says, “May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.”
Two stages of believer’s life are mentioned here, sowing and reaping. If we faithfully sow in tears, (i.e., in our pain and brokenness) and in prayer, God’s Word promises that we will reap joyfully the fruit of our faithful sowing. Let us sow, in faith and faithfulness, in intercession and righteousness regardless of whatever pain we may be experiencing, knowing that there will be a great harvest of God’s blessings (cf Jer. 31:9)Pain and discomfort is part of our life as Christians and believers who have the understanding of this reality, rejoices and are glad; knowing that the promise of God inPsalm 34:19 which says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD rescues them from them all.” is sure and settled in heaven.
Today, much emphasis is placed on prosperity and ‘pain free ‘Christianity, so most believers find it difficult or even unacceptable any form of trials. However, the reality is that no matter the level of the flood of difficulties facing you, God says I will raise a standard against them. He is well able and all believers should accept whatever comes their way but trusting in God prevailing power to rescue them. In all these, God is more interested in the rescue of our souls and no wonder He allowed His only begotten Son to die on the Cross. Believers should think more about this. When Horatio Spafford lost everything he had and composed the song “It is well with my soul” He was not actually singing a funeral song. He was rather preaching to the whole world to know that whatever calamity that may be fail you, whatever deprivation, lack, want you may experience. None can be worse than the loss of soul. He was preaching to posterity that to be troubled about losing one’s soul is more important than to be worried of the earthly possessions lost. Remember that in four days’ time you shall embark on a spiritual journey of 21 days fasting and prayers. So pray to be part of it.
MASS: WHITE1 Jn 2: 12-17; Ps 96: 7-8a. 8b-9. 10(R. 11a); Lk 2: 36-40 ST. SABINUS & COMPS
1. Lord help me to realize that life does not end here. Help me to know that whatever I have now cannot make me lose you which is the greatest loss.
2. Take the Thank You Jesus Novena in Amen: It Is Done today, at your convenient time.
Exercise: Meditate on “It is well with my soul.”
Meditation: Psalm 16:110-11