Scripture Reading: Hosea 11:1-6
Beloved in Christ, it is good to remember the goodness of God in your life. So that He will always be glorified by who we are and what we do. Why then must we use our lives to glorify God? It is because in human existence, the process of moving from childhood to adulthood; from undergraduate to graduate; from nobody to somebody; can be likened to Joseph’s journey of prison to palace. It is such a complex process that survival is only made possible because God is involved. You are what you are today, because of the continuous divine intervention that takes place in your life. You are an engineer today, a medical doctor, a graduate, president of a nation, a married man or woman, a religious or a priest because God is involved and has given approval for it to be so. It was never by any act of smartness on our parts or by the skillfulness or by the opportunities or the information at our disposal that we are what we are. We are called today to critically examine our actions, who we are, ensure they not in any way causing pain to the heart of our Maker. Do not use your greatness to humiliate God. Guard against the spirit of Nebuchadnezzar; guard against Solomon’s disobedience. Beloved in Christ, do not be too great that you cannot glorify God, do not be too rich that you cannot reach out for God. Do not be too powerful that God cannot dictate for you. We must constantly watch our attitude once we begin to become great.
How has your character been since you came into power? Only true believers become humble when God makes them great. And indeed humility is a character that defines that the Trinity is present and is at work in us. Remember your own profession, career, occupation and trade, and check if you are paying the Lord with good and godly practices. Thomas Kempis advises us thus: “Do not take pride in thy ability or talent lest thou displease God, to whom belongs every natural good quality and talent thou has.”
Zeph 3:14-18a OR Rom12:9-16b; Ps 12:2-3.4bcde.5-6(R.6b); Accl Lk 1:45; Gosp Lk 1:39-56 VISITATION OF THE B.V.M (FEAST)
Prayer Points:
1. O Lord, teach me to always to remember what You have done, in Jesus name.
2. O Lord, teach me to always walk humbly before You, in Jesus.
3. O Lord, teach me to walk obediently before You always, in Jesus name.
4. O Lord teach me, not to neglect what I should do to please You, in Jesus name.
Exercise: Guard against being driven by the desire to live outside the control and influence of God.
Meditation: Proverbs 3:34.