THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
April 13, 2014
are a people of faith. We might even say, strong faith. Or
even as we look to our theme last year, a people of wonder-working
faith. If someone were to ask us if we would ever falter in
our faith, we would say no. That is what the apostles thought
Jesus dropped another bombshell. "This night all of you
will have your faith in me shaken" (Mt 26:31a). All of
you! You too, Peter. But Peter was confident (cocky?). "Though
all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be."
(Mt 26:33). Siguro sila; pero hindi ako! (Perhaps the others,
but not me!). Then told by Jesus that he would deny him three
times, Peter said, with even greater bravado, "Even though
I should have to die with you, I will not deny you."
(Mt 26:35a). Famous last words. Soon you will be eating them,
We do have faith. But in truth our faith is shaken at times.
When a loved one dies tragically.
When many are lost in a natural calamity.
When despite our best efforts in serving Jesus, we seemingly
When despite our intense prayers and fasting, anti-family
and anti-life laws are passed.
When injustice and evil reign supreme.
Where is God in all these? Why is the love of an all-powerful
God not being experienced? Why is God not rolling back the
tsunami of evil that is overwhelming the whole world? Why
is God not rolling back the stone to free us from death?
But isn't that precisely what faith is about? It is trust
and confidence in a loving God, despite what we experience
around us. "Faith is the realization of what is hoped
for and evidence of things not seen." (Heb 11:1). If
we already see it, and if we already experience what we hope
for, then that is no longer faith. Faith is about what is
unseen but real. Faith is about what one still hopes for but
already knows to be true. Faith is trusting that no matter
how things turn out on earth, we will enter into our eternal
reward in heaven.
Faith in God is what Jesus showed while hanging on the cross,
in the midst of the greatest agony and abandonment, as he
prayed Psalm 22. "My God, my God, why have you abandoned
me? …. For he has not spurned or disdained the misery
of this poor wretch, did not turn away from me, but heard
me when I cried out." (v.2a,25). God has a purpose for
everything that He allows to happen in our lives. "The
generation to come will be told of the Lord, that they may
proclaim to a people yet unborn the deliverance you have brought."
Let us never get cocky about our faith. But let us not despair
if our faith gets shaken every now and then. Now let us humbly
resolve, in dying to ourselves and in following in the footsteps
of Jesus: "Even though I should have to die with you,
I will not deny you."
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