Sunday 16th March – 2ND Sunday of Lent
Reflection: Genesis 12: 1- 4
A LESSON FROM THE FATHER OF FAITH
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen” (Hebrews 11:1). It is a necessary requirement for a sincere relationship with God. At times, God’s way might appear foolish to us but we must keep in mind the scriptural counsel that: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death (Proverbs 16: 25).” It is only faith that can make us work with God believing He alone has the best plans for us.
Father Abraham (Abram) in today’s reading gives us a good example of how faith should be exercised in total obedience to God. He left the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar. This he could not have done without an unflinching trust in God. However, trust of this magnitude is only realised through a steadfast relationship with God.
Brethren, has God revealed anything to you that seems impossible to you? Is God giving you a solution to your problems and the solution seems foolish to you? Today, let God have His ways, commit your life to God in faith and everything shall be clear and settled just like it earned father Abraham the blessings of righteousness that extended down his generations.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, increase my faith and deepen my relationship with you day after day. I love you My Lord. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 354 – Can people be forced to believe in God?
No! No one may force others to believe, not even one’s own children, just as no one may be forced to be an unbeliever. A person can make the decision to believe only in complete freedom. Christians, however, are called to help other people, by word and example, to find the way to faith.
HIDE A TREASURE: “And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-22; 2 Timothy 1:8-10, Matthew 17: 1-9