OUR THEME FOR 2013 (PART 52): RESTING ON GOD’S GRACE

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL 

OUR THEME FOR 2013

(Part 52) 

RESTING ON GOD’S GRACE

October 9, 2013

Today’s reading: Psalm 86:3-10

 

God is a God of awe and wonders. “For you are great and do wondrous deeds; and you alone are God.” (Ps 86:10). We know God is almighty and for Him nothing is impossible. But here is the astounding reality: we too by faith can work wonders. As Jesus himself says, the one who believes in him will do the works that he does, and even greater ones.

Our working wonders is certainly not due to our own might or strength, but is accomplished purely due to God’s grace. How do we tap on to the bountiful grace of God? Certainly we need to pray, “be gracious to me, Lord” (Ps 86:3a). But we also need to develop fundamental postures in our relationship with God.

First, we must pray without ceasing. “To you I call all the day.” (Ps 86:3b). This means an ongoing, day-to-day intimate personal relationship and communication with God. We must always be conscious of who we are and what we are called to do. Our lives must be wholly centered on Christ. We must walk the path of holiness and true discipleship.

Second, we must rest in God’s mercy. “Lord, you are good and forgiving, most merciful to all who call on you.” (Ps 86:5). Even as we strive for holiness, we are still all sinners. We fall. But we must never allow the enemy to discourage us or make us give up. Whenever we fall, we quickly turn back to our God who is merciful, and forgiving of all who repent. God is always eager to restore us in Christ.

Third, we must know that God is always there to help us in every situation of need. “Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my cry for help. On the day of my distress I call to you, for you will answer me.” (Ps 86:6-7). The life of an evangelizer and disciple will always be challenging. There will be oppression and persecution. There will be suffering and pain. At times we might feel our strength sapped, our endurance stretched thin. We must turn to Jesus every time. And be assured that when we do so, then God will answer our prayer, and will respond to our cry for help.

Fourth, we must be supremely confident of the power and might of the God whom we serve. “None among the gods can equal you, O Lord; nor can their deeds compare to yours.” (Ps 86:8). We face strong diabolical forces, led by Satan himself. We face secular and humanist world forces, including powerful governments like the USA and institutions like the UN. They have great political, economic and military power. But they are nothing before the all-powerful Creator God. And Jesus is already the victorious King. We must never be intimidated by worldly forces.

Fifth, we must entrust our whole being to God. “To you, Lord, I lift up my soul.” (Ps 86:4b). We belong to God. We are instruments of God. God has the most wonderful plan for our lives. God desires to bring us to live with Him eternally in heaven. We must let Jesus take control of our lives, and totally trust in him for everything. This actually is the key to having joy in our lives, whatever suffering we might have to endure for the moment. We simply do the will of God as His servant. “Gladden the soul of your servant” (Ps 86:4a).

 

When we do all these, and when we act boldly in the name of Jesus, then God enables us to do a massive work of worldwide evangelization. The world does not have to remain under the dominion of the evil one. All the peoples of the world are God’s creation, made in His image and likeness. They need to recognize this reality, and give God the honor and worship that is His due. “All the nations you have made shall come to bow before you, Lord, and give honor to your name.” (Ps 86:9).

Onward to the New Evangelization!

 

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