Scripture Reading: Daniel 3:8-16
Let’s start today with the beautiful declaration by St. Migwel Febres Gordero, “I give myself completely to Jesus so that He can use me just as he wishes, I want every word I write, everything I read, everything I do at my desk and all my work in the school to be done to the glory of God. ” (Make this prayer your daily declaration for the next three days).
Today in our world, there is a common slogan that says, “If you cannot beat them, join them”. At some other quarters, you hear something like “Everybody is doing it”. Some of us have even erroneously believed that if we did not tell lies we cannot succeed in life. To some, corruption has become a way of life. Whatsoever is right is right, no matter the place and the circumstance. In our today’s reflection, wc have been called to remain resolute to only the right things.
Beloved in Christ, there is always the right time to do things at any point in time, at any given time and any given place. It is our God who demands that we do the right things, so that we share in his love. Sometimes people are usually carried away by some rules and regulations made by authorities, they obey it because they feel that a higher authority has directed without ponder by whether the authority has the fear and love of God. In Daniel 3:9, “They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, may your Majesty live forever, Your Majesty has issued an order that as soon as the music starts everyone is to bow down and worship the golden statue, and that anyone who does not bow down and worship it is to be thrown into a blazing furnace”. Beloved, this decision by the king, prompted by enemies of the Soveriegn God was utterly wrong and a denial to the servants of God the liberty to serve the God of their choice. They were being forced to carry out an order, which was contrary to their faith and conviction.
By virtue of his power and authority as king, everyone was forced to carry out his orders even at the expense of their joy and liberty. In doing so, the people were forced on the other hand to disobey the commandment of God. Today, many people are forced to compromise their faith and belief, just to obey authority. Some persons have also lost legitimate opportunities such as promotions because of their refusal to carry out wrong and sinful directives. Persons in authority who pass harmful and painful decrees or instructions, be assured that death conspired against Daniel shall be their lot.
Today’s reflection wants us to remain resolute with what is good no matter the challenges we face. Some people give reason that it is because of hardship that they join prostitution, arm-robbery, or kidnapping. Some become members of evil associations because they were influenced by those they look up to as leader. When you remain steadfast and believe in God, He would surely provide an escape route from hard times without you losing your birthright. We should not be misled to do the wrong things. The three brothers today in our reflection decided to do the right thing even with the threat of losing their lives through fire.
Beloved in Christ, that everybody does a thing does not mean such is right. The question should not be whether it is good or bad, but whether God is pleased about it. We have been given all the graces we need to do what is right through the power of the Holy Spirit, dwelling within us so that we can now say like St. Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
- Thank God for reminding you again to stand firm
- Pray that every power hindering the spirit of godliness in you be destroyed permanently.
- Join St. Agatha in this beautiful prayer,
“Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart and know my desires. You alone possess all that I am. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil ”
- Lord, destroy every forces of evil in my life.
- Thank God for answered prayers
Exercise: Enter into covenant with God to live a godly life.
Memory Verse: Prov. 11:19-20.