Scripture Reading: Psalm: 37:4-7

Let us start today’s reflection in the words of Pope St. Gregory 1,“The acts of our Maker ought always to be remembered without examining for they can never be unjust.” St. Teresa of Avila supports St. Gregory thus, “In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks.” Our scriptural reference today says, “Seek your happiness in the Lord; and he will give you your heart’s desire. Give yourself to the Lord, trust in him, and he will help you; he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun. Be patient and wait for the Lord to act; don’t be worried about those who prosper or those who succeed in their evil ways.”

Beloved in Christ, the God you serve knows when something is good for you; and when it is not good. He says  “YES” when it is good and  “NO” when it is evil.  When we pray and answers are not coming as desired it may be that the timing is not right or that God has a better thing in mind for us. The fact is that God is neither wicked nor deceptive. He does all things right and justly too. The Psalmist says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold  from them that walk uprightly.”(Psa. 84:11). This blessing is specifically directed to believers who sincerely strive to live godly and righteous lives.

Dear Friend, stop every plan to break loose from the love of God. Do not also be quick at concluding that God has forgotten you or has refused to answer your prayers. God answers all prayers but according to His purpose for your life. Always take delight in the Lord and the fact that He alone has the capacity to provide for you much more than your needs. Looking back on her life, a housewife once said, “If the Lord had said ‘YES’ to all my prayers to Him concerning the type of man I desired to marry, I would have ended up marrying the wrong man.”

 Beloved, be still. The things that seem to upset you today may sometimes in the future be a reason to thank God. As you grow in your relationship with God, you will begin to understand why God says  “Yes” to some requests and  “No” to some. The God you serve knows everything and is your Shepherd (Psa. 23:1); therefore, there is no reason to worry. Just learn to trust and depend solely on His love and compassion for you. He has better things for you.  Refuse to be influenced by the circumstances around you; but only trust in Him. (Prov. 3:5)

Prayer Points:

  1. Take a worship song as you are led.
  2. Lord, you are the sources of all blessings. I therefore choose blessings by walking in Your covenant in Jesus name.
  3. According to your word in James 1: 17, “You are the Father of lights, and giver of all good gifts”… release your gifts into my life O Lord.” (Take seriously)
  4. All around me are signs of defeat, stagnation, fruitlessness (mention others), but I rely on your word in Proverbs 3:5 and declare my total confidence in your ability to lead and help me.
  5. As in Genesis 49: 25, Lord, release your heavenly blessings and the blessings of the deep into my life in Jesus name Amen.

Exercise: Share today’s reflection with someone else.

Memory Verse: Psalm 34:11.

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