Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:11-12
“Everything-made-easy” philosophy of our modern world has gradually entered the Christendom. Because of this mentality, we do not want to follow the path that is designed to grant us breakthroughs. We have become very much ambitious; very much in hurry to make it. There is no success we make spiritually that is not worked for. The whole process that will bring our breakthrough in life must be followed. Unfortunately, very few children of God are ready to go through this process. When we see those who have worked to attain spiritual greatness, we are left wondering whether some people are uniquely bestowed with special blessings or perhaps God is partial in extending His blessings to His Children. Dear Child of God, we are not really blessed by the number of times we shout alleluia, or how loud our alleluia is but to the extent we have committed to knowing God, His word and His ways. How much of God’s word you can command, can really make the difference in your life. So many times, we hear people of God being deceived thus, “This year you will buy a hummer jeep”. “This year you will get married”, “this year, God will give you your own child.” “I say claim it.” When these proclamations do not come true following the conviction with which they have been proclaimed, we begin to doubt God.
Dear Child of God, if you are praying for financial breakthrough and yet not engaging yourself in any meaningful activity that will give you one, it may amount to self deceit. You cannot be praying for a child and still have difficulty caring for the child who has been placed in your care by providence. You cannot be expecting the blessing of a life partner from God, when you display very unwholesome attitude even within your family or neighborhood. These are serious errors. This whole philosophy of desiring glory without going through the groans have left many Christians unable to understand the God they serve and their way through the journey of life. Let us be wise and sensible so as not to be carried away emotionally and forget the role we have to play in order to receive the blessings of God.
Elijah did not just go ahead to prophesy to the widow of Zarephath, that, “The bowl will not run out of flour or the jar run out of oil before the day that I, the Lord, send rain.” The charitable disposition of the widow towards the Man of God brought the fulfillment of Elijah’s prophesy. Archbishop Fulton Sheen says, “Good Friday is the condition of Easter Sunday. The crown of thorns is the condition of the halo of light. The scourged body is the condition of the glorified body. You die with him, you rise with him. In other words, he conquered pain by using it as a means to attaining glory.” Never try to dodge the stony path that will lead to your glory but ask God to give you the stony shoe with which to pass through it. Otherwise you will never get to your glory. Never neglect the “the mid-night candles”, “the early morning risings”, “the mid-night battles”, “the humiliations and the insults”, “the humbling of oneself”, “the pains and sorrows”, “the trying moments”, “the embarrassments”, “all the spiritual exercises, mortifications, disciplines”, “the test of obedience”.
- Take a worship song as you are led.
- Lord, help me to act out this request, “Seek ye the kingdom of God and His righteousness and every other thing will be added to you.”
- Father, keep me from evil (Jn 17:15), sanctify me through Your word of truth (Jn. 17:17) so that I may truly know You.
- Take this prayer seriously: Lord let me be counted worthy of my calling as Your child so that I may be able to fulfill all the good pleasures of Your goodness and the work of faith with power. ( 2 Thess. 1:11)
- Father, grant me the grace to go through the length of my breakthrough without breaking down.
Exercise: Meditate on the words of Archbishop Fulton Sheen in our reflection today.
Memory Verse: Psalm 57:1.