REFLECTION: Will you ask for wisdom?

Yesterday, a few sentences from the first reading of the Sunday Missal caught my attention.  I normally listen with my eyes closed so nothing else distracts me, but the moment I heard these sentences, my eyes popped open.  Were you there at Mass yesterday?  Did anything SPEAK directly to you?

You’re probably wondering what I am referring to and here I am rattling on and on.  SO…let me share with you what I heard…“But you spare all things; because they are yours, O Lord and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things!  Therefore, you rebuke offenders LITTLE BY LITTLE, warn them, and remind them of the sins they are committing, that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O Lord!” Wisdom 11:26 – Wisdom 12:2

God the Father rebukes us little by little.  He warns us and He reminds us… that we’re drifting or we’ve drifted away from Him
.  Have you heard this before?

I’m sure many have the impression that God the Father is a totalitarian and a disciplinarian and that He insists on getting what He wants or else.  Answers.com defines totalitarian as “Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed.”, while it defines disciplinarian as “One that enforces or believes in strict discipline.”

But the scripture didn’t say that!  Was that scripture verse a mistake?  Just as if He knew He would be challenged, God inspired the writer to inscribe “Not that you were without power to have the wicked vanquished in battle by the just, or wiped out at once by terrible beasts or by one decisive word; But condemning them bit by bit, you gave them space for repentance.” Wisdom 12:9-10 There it is again…“bit by bit, you gave them space for repentance”.

Based on Biblical Scripture and on my personal walk with God, I know with all my heart, soul and mind that God is a gentle God.  Many times during my younger years, those whom I believed were my friends would toss scripture my way in attempt to correct me and supposedly, to shake me into place.  Rather than being consoled, I was left extremely shaken after their calls.  Not too long after, I began to realize that their ways were not God’s ways.  I knew my God and my God didn’t kick me when I was down just as those “friends” did.  Rather, my loving Father kneeled down and gently helped me up.  Thoughts of Job (footnote 1) and the good Samaritan (footnote 2) come to mind.

“Why is God patient with us?” some may ask.  It is because He ” wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4 .  He wants each and everyone of us to experience a full life and He wants us to live eternally with Him.

And yet we fall.  He understands that and for those who know Him and who have accepted Him as a personal savior, they can come back to Him and ask for forgiveness and ask for the grace to turn away from sin.

And yet we fall again.  As many times as we fall, the Father will gently help us back up… if we but ask.

But what happens to those who don’t ask?  In one of her books, Maria Vadia writes that when we consciously choose to sin (turn away from God’s ways), we walk away from his protective boundaries and His care.  Just as when we rebelled and defied against our parents’ cautioning advice during our teenaged years, we knowingly or unknowingly subjected ourselves to danger and all they could do was to allow us to face the consequences of our decisions.  Likewise, the Father allows us to face the consequences of our choices so perhaps we would learn and yet, how often do we blame our shortfalls and tragedies on Him?

Is it time to ask for wisdom?  May we daily ask the Father for the gift of wisdom and discernment and may we ask Him to open our spiritual eyes so that we may clearly see that He wants us to live our lives to the full.

God bless,

Melissa

p.s. –

(footnote 1) (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=job&version=NIV)
(footnote 2) (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=NIV)

A Prayer for Salvation – http://christianity.about.com/od/prayersforspecificneeds/a/salvationprayer.htm

Dear Lord,
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent. I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.

I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

2 Responses to “REFLECTION: Will you ask for wisdom?”

  1. In His Time says:

    Philip Liu to me (Nov 2, 2010)

    Amen!

    1 Cor 13 ( God’s Love)

    4 Love is patient, love is kind.

    His dealings and His grace in my life.

    God bless,

    Philip

  2. In His Time says:

    Eva Lehoczky to me (Nov 2, 2010)

    Hi Melissa,

    I again liked your REFLECTION. I can relate very well to your remark re: the totalitarian – disciplinarian God. I agree that God is a loving Father, who “gently helps up…”

    I would also like to point out to the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is one of the reasons why I love to be a Roman Catholic. When we try to draw people closer to the Father, apart from making them read the Bible, we could emphasize also the importance of repentance, the wonderful gift of Confession, Holy Communion and Adoration of the Holy Eucharist. These give me life, power and happiness each day … as they do so for you, Melissa.

    God bless you!

    With love in Christ,

    Eva

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