FRIDAY 4TH WEEK
Jenna Lewis, FOCUS Missionary
"For their wickedness blinded them, and they did not know the secret purposes of God."
Do we really know Jesus deep in our hearts or do we just passively accept a knowledge that never surpasses our minds? Do we find ourselves critiquing God, blaming Him for events in our lives, testing Him, or constantly trying to prove His existence? Belief takes going beyond the practicalities of our minds and what we can see. It takes going into the depths of our souls. It takes a trust and faith in something unseen. Ultimately, it takes an encounter.
Do you relate to the feeling God is inconveniencing you or He is opposing your actions, or even that following Him would be an uncomfortable way of life? Some of these negative feelings can keep us from drawing closer to God’s loving embrace. Let us not get hung up on these feelings. We must take the time to recognize where we stray and bring those sins to the foot of the cross to be transformed.
For Jesus promises He is near to the brokenhearted, He will respond to our cry, and He will deliver even the most afflicted. For He loves us dearly. Let us allow ourselves to experience His embrace. Let us not get caught up in the logistics of faith or the crosses we bear. Let us allow Jesus to move our hearts deeply, to go beyond the testing of our mind.
What is it going to take for you to let Him in… to transform your heart?
Jesus help me to be at peace, to quiet myself enough to accept You deep in my being. Help me to identify the things that are holding me back from truly feeling Your loving presence. Amen.
Ws 2: 1, 12-22, Ps 34: 17-21, 23; Jn 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30