Scripture Reading: Job 8:7

Dear child of God, our scriptural reading tells us today that your trajectory is more important than where you currently are. This thought has been of comfort to me. To all appearances, Saul had made it. He had the kingship, he had power, he was at the top, BUT he was consumed with fear and envy and paranoia. He saw the way things were going quite clearly, and hated them. He tried to take matters into his own hands, always a very bad idea. He tries to circumvent what God is doing. Who hasn’t done that occasionally? We see the writing on the wall, we see the way things are working out, we hate it, we indulge in quarrelling and fighting because of our jealousy. James 4:1-2 “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.”

Long ago, war broke out between the house of David and the house of Saul. But as the war carried on, David grew stronger while Saul grew weaker. Why was that? It was not because Saul lacked strategy or strength. In Israel’s war history, despite their strength in numbers, the Israelites lost battles if God was not with them. Conversely, despite their small numbers, they prevailed when God was with them. Victory in war lies with God, not man. Saul was different. He relied not only upon God, but also on many human methods. God chose and anointed Saul, was with him and gave him the Holy Spirit. From then on, Saul was with God. But he did not believe God. The book of 2 Samuel chapter 13 talks about Saul waging war with the Philistines, and it says that the Philistines numbered “thirty thousand chariots, six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude.” But no matter how many chariots or soldiers they might have had, if God had fought for them, they would have prevailed. Saul could have won if he had gone out placing his faith in God, but he feared and avoided the Philistine army instead. Saul grew weaker because his impatience, fear, his rebelliousness and his desire to do his own things. Brethren, defeats and setbacks are encountered when we consciously or unconsciously rely on our human ability and capability.

MASS: WHITE Rom. 15:14-21; Ps 98::1.2-3ab.3cd-4(R.2b); Accl 1 Jn 2:5; Lk 16:1-8 OR Mass of the Memorial Sirach 39:6-10; Ps 37:3-4.5-6.30-32(R.2); Accl Mk 1:17; Matt 16:13-19 ST. LEO THE GREAT, PP. D.(MEMORIAL)

Prayer Points:

  1. Thank God for the teachings through His word today
  2. Father forgive me for the times I relied on myself rather than on You in the name of Jesus.
  3. Pray meditatively with Psalm 20

Exercise: Pray your way out with the prayer points raised in Psalm 35.

Meditation: Esther 9:4