Scripture Reading: James1:5-8
Sometimes, when life gets hot and tough, one becomes confused about things. In times like this, the heart becomes open to different thoughts like: What are my options? Should I do this or that? Your mind begins to provide you with many options and the more attention you give to these options the more they become reasonable and practicable to you. Often times, you finally realize that the options that seem to be available are those contrary to the teachings of Christ. At some point, you begin to wonder if some biblical principles are really practicable or perhaps were just documented for historical references. For some who are deep-rooted in the faith, you may even find yourself beginning to seek ways and even Bible passages to support principles that are contrary to the will of God. And then your mind begins to lose its former conviction and begins to drift. What is one to do in such a time?
Our reference Scripture says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that gives to all men liberally…” In situations of life, we need to apply wisdom, just as you apply formulas to mathematical problems. In this same way, there are formulas for each challenge we meet in life and there is a One who knows every perfectly fitted formula for each challenge. When we are faced with a challenge, it is not for us to think out any random formula to solve it, which we often tend to do. No, we will fail and fall before that challenge. Here is what the Holy Spirit counsels us to do: “Ask”, not “think it out”. You can only think out what you know and had forgotten, not what you have never known.
However, the Holy Spirit says, “When you ask, you must believe and not doubt.” Faith is not believing when there are no other options. No, faith means although there are other profitable options, you chose to look up to heaven no matter the delay. Faith approaches the throne of grace with trust and confidence. Faith goes to God with all its perplexities and trials without hesitation. The end results are: firmness in principles, steadiness in integrity, and settled assurance in God’s plan. This is a focus-minded man.
MASS: RED Eph. 2:19-22; Ps 117:1.2 (R. Mk 16-15) Accl. Jn 20:29; Jn 20:24-29 ST. THOMAS, AP. (FEAST)
- God, grant me the wisdom that would make me focused and firm-minded. It is only in this that I can have clear understanding of Your plan and enter into the fullness of your purpose for my life. Grant me the grace not to go about trying to think out the formula for situations facing me. But help me to always ASK in FAITH in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Protect me from evil friends and demonic agents.
Meditation: Proverbs 3:13