Wednesday 16th July – Wednesday of week 15 of the year.
Reflection: Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16
Our reading today describes how Assyria failed to recognize God’s hand working through her and this resulted in self-glorification. Such lack of recognition of God’s work through a person can lead to failure and bring and abrupt end to the successes such a person has experienced. Beloved in Christ, God’s choice upon our lives is not by merit but by his mercy and grace. This realization must always bring us back to our senses when tempted to boast of our achievements. “Whoever wants to boast must boast about what the Lord has done”. What the Lord does through us is product of our acceptance of his grace.
Pride is one of the deadly vices which can rob us of our blessings from God. No matter how great and useful one might have been in the work of the Gospel, pride can destroy such good record and leave the proud man with no reward from God. Even when people praise us for good works, let us never forget to return to return all glory to God who we are accountable to. He chose us and appointed us by his grace to go out and bear fruit. (John 15:16). Let us be worthy vessels for God, willing to live out the fullness of His plan for us. This can be done by surrendering our plans to him daily and allowing his Word to direct us. Our lives are in his hands. Let us allow him to use us as he pleases.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I rededicate myself to you daily, use me O Lord as you please. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 485 – Why should we adore God?
Every person who understands that he is God’s creature will humbly recognize the Almighty and adore him. Christian adoration, however, sees not only the greatness, omnipotence, and holiness of God. It also kneels before the divine Love that became man in Jesus Christ.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Whoever wants to boast must boast about what the Lord has done” 2Corinthians 10:17 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16; Psalm 94: 5-10, 14 -15; Matthew 11:25-27