Scripture Reading: Daniel 3:19-25
One of the raw materials with which God builds and refines our faith is trials. Though God is not the manufacturer of these raw materials, but he uses them to make us come out better whenever they arc thrown at us.
The trials and troubles of Job were not created by God. However, he allowed it because he knew that with it he would make Job better. Job 42:12a confirmed this truth, it says, “The Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life even more than he had blessed the first.” During the period of trial, Job had a positive attitude just like the three young Jews in our scripture reading. Today many believers lack such attitude. The truth is that no one prays for sufferings and trials to come his or her way. We pray that such do not come to us, but if after we had prayed they come, then God allowed it and will make us better with them. A user of Daily Strength called to say that surprisingly her menstrual flow ceased. She was not bordered, though, but when it entered into months one becomes worried. On Friday 24, July 2015, she keyed into the prayer point No. 7, believed God for restoration. She went to the Blessed Sacrament still holding on that prayer point. After prayers, she went home, and as she pulled off to take her bath, she noticed that her flow had been restored. Maybe, you are even going through one right now and you are asking God why me? No! That is not the right attitude.
Job said, “I know my redeemer liveth.” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered, “Your Majesty, we will not try to defend ourselves. If the God whom we serve is able to save us from the blazing furnace and from your power, then he will.” That is the right attitude, which is the attitude the Holy Spirit needs from you to work. If God will not lead you through it, he will not take you to it. And he does not just lead you through it but goes through it with you. He was there as the fourth man in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He was there with Daniel as the angel of the Lord who shut the mouths of the lions. (Daniel.6:21 -22) He says in Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through deep w aters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burnt; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.”
He is here with you too, just give him the right attitude by confessing positively and watch God mesmerize all your enemies. Let us conclude today’s reflection in the words of Blessed James Alberione, “Let us remember that God asks all of us, from the greatest to the least, to bear suffering with Christian faith and optimism for love of Him
- Sing this song: / know my redeemer liveth, I know my redeemer liveth, I know my redeemer liveth he liveth forever more.
- Lord, if you allow me to go through any thing in life that may seem unpleasant, give me strength to stand firm knowing today that you are always with me, no matter what it is that I am going through.
- Pray with Psalm 46 meditatively
- Pray for all those that are facing great pains in their hearts right now that God will show himself to them.
- Pray for all those who lost their loved ones that God will console them.
Exercise: Put yourself in the shoe of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and try to feel the protection of the Almighty God.
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 5:10