Scripture Reading: Numbers 14:37-38
According to St. John Paul II, “You must be strong, dear brothers and sisters. You must be strong with the strength that comes from faith.” Joshua son of Nun and Caleb were minority compared to the ten others, who brought canal report. The strength of Joshua son of Nun and Caleb came from their faith in God’s ability to fulfill His promise. Hebrews 11:6 states, “But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God must believe that He is: and is a rewarder to them that seek Him.” They believed that the hope of their victory is not anchored on human ability. By human standards, the other ten were right, but they were myopic. They did not consider that God was involved. They based their conclusion on human premises alone. As such, they concluded, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” (Num. 13:31-32)
Child of God, how did you reach the conclusion about your life, about your future, about your health, about your lifestyle? Where did you anchor your hope of victory? Are you only looking at the physical problem without God’s solution? Remember that the scripture says, “… For a man does not prevail by his?own strength.” (1 Sam.2:9) The Psalmist says, “There is no king saved by the multitude of a host; a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. A horse is a vain thing for safety; neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.”(Psa.33:16-17) If we are to judge from human perspective only, then a lot of things will be impossible, but with faith all things are possible.
The man of faith has no impossibility in his dictionary. There is a divine supply for strength to do the impossible; to endure the unendurable, to attain the previously unattainable, to move the previously immovable, to conquer the previously unconquerable, to undergo terrible situations without losing faith. Indeed he or she can do all things through Christ. So the greatest calamity that can befall a child of God is to stop having faith in God.
Without faith many obstacles cannot be overcome, without faith there are many sicknesses and diseases that cannot be
cured or healed, without faith many things will be impossible, without faith Joshua and Caleb could not have been able to possess the promise land. Without faith Mosses could not have been able to challenge Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Without faith we cannot connect to Jesus, without faith we cannot possess our possessions. Our strength is our faith, so let your strength come from your faith in God. Faith in God gives you the strength to overcome every obstacle, confront every Pharaoh, Herod and Ahab, and move every mountain. Let us end this reflection with this famous hymn by Edward Mote (1834): “My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand…” Let us pray!
MASS: GREEN/ WHITE
Gal 3: 1-5; Ps 1: 69-70. 71-72. 73-75; (R.68) Accl Acts 16:14b; Lk 11: 5-13
- BRUNO, P, H, RF; BL MARIE-ROSE DUROCHER, V, RF
- Thank God, for today’s reflection.
- Pray that God’s Word will be the most important reference point for wisdom and direction as opportunities and challenges arise.
- Pray that God will strengthen the faith of Christ’s followers throughout the world, and grant them boldness to share the report of their faith in word and deed wherever He has placed them.
- Pray that those who have strayed away from their childhood faith will find opportunities to reconnect with God and His people.
- Pray that loving communities of faith and meaningful discipleship will grow and flourish in your community and country.
Exercise: Declare: “Let all that happened in the house of Obed when the Covenant Box was place in his house happen in my home because of the DSD in my hand now.”
Memory Verse: Habakkuk 2:4