Scripture Reading: Mark 4:38 – 39
God’s purpose and plan will forever stand though the earth may be shaken. God’s ways are much higher than the logic of this world so you must trust Him even when you don’t understand. There is nothing you are suffering that God didn’t plan in advance to take you through. May it help you to know that there are believers praying for you right now and that God’s love for you will never fail!
There are times when God seems silent. At times, when we seek to know our merciful Lord all the more, He will appear to be silent. Perhaps sin has gotten in the way or perhaps you have allowed your own idea of God to cloud His true voice and His true presence. At other times, Jesus hides His presence and remains hidden for a reason. He does so as a way of drawing us deeper. Do not worry if God seems silent for this reason. It’s always part of the journey (See Diary #18). Reflect, today, upon how present God is; even in the midst of storm. Perhaps He’s abundantly present, perhaps He seems distant. Now set that aside and realize the fact that God is always intimately present to you whether it feels like it or not. Trust Him and know that He is always with you regardless of how you feel. If He seems distant, first examine your conscience, admit any sin that may be in the way, and then make an act of love and trust in the midst of whatever you may be going through.
When the storm is raging, it look as if the Lord does not care. Two of the most telling questions in the New Testament were asked of Jesus by people who loved Him deeply. When a fierce storm threatened to sink their boat in the sea of Galilee, His disciples asked, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mk. 4:38). On another occasion, as a relaxed Mary listened to Jesus, a tensed Martha came from the kitchen and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?” (Lk. 10:40). Both questions were asked by people who had seen the power of Jesus and expected Him to step in and relieve their anxiety. When it seemed that the Lord was ignoring their situation, an element of exasperation was added: “Don’t Youcare?”When we’re feeling alone or overwhelmed by our circumstances, we often cry out, “Lord, don’t You care?” With Jesus in the storm, we have hope that the storm will be over
As we round off this reflection, we pray dear Lord, for those who are enduring great hardship and pain in their lives. Although they are struggling to stand in their faith, they have become weary and need a touch from you. I pray that you will give them a very real sense of your presence in all that they are going through. I pray that you will fill them with your peace and will open their eyes to know that you are with them despite the fierce storm that is all around them. Help them to continue to walk in trust knowing that you will never fail them and that your divine purpose in their lives cannot be stopped by the enemy of this world. Amen. Always remember to “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken”-Psalm 55:22.
MASS: WHITE 2 Cor 9:6-11; Ps 112:1b-2.3-4.9 (R.1b); Accl. Jn 14:23; Mt 6:1-6.16-18 ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA, R. (MEMORIAL)
1. Thank God for His words today
2. Lord, I trust in You because I believe in You and in Your infinite love for me. I trust that You are always there and that You care for me in all moments of my life. When I fail to sense Your divine presence in my life, help me to seek You and to trust You all the more. Jesus, I trust in You.
3. Take the General Prayer of Faith in pages 9 & 10 of the prayer book, “AMEN IT IS DONE”.
4. Take this declaration: “You have promised, that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous believer is powerful. You take delight in answering me when I call, and you are doing great and mighty things in my life.”
5. Pray with Psalm 46:1-11.
Exercise: When the storm rages against you, Have faith in Jesus who abides with you even in the midst of the storm
Meditation:1 Peter 5:7