Trusting in God
TUESDAY: Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Trusting in God
Faith enables us to encounter God's presence in every trial and moods of life. It cloths us with the strength of God. It provides with his divine wisdom and discernment to overcome all obstacles in the path of salvation and grace. Faith is a friend for all seasons - even in suffering and death (Qo.3:1-11). Faith protects us from the flaming arrows of the evil one (Eph.6:12). It is the demonstration of resilience and confidence in what we hope for, and the assurance about what we do not see (Heb.11:1). Struggles are part of the human journey in life; faith is the guarantee God will never forsake those who trust in him. God will never tempt us nor put obstacles in our way.
The devil envies our covenant relationship with the Father and the Son. He seeks every opportunity to create doubts in us and to disrupt our commitment to the Father and the Son. It is never God's doing when we are tempted. His faith and grace at work in us would never let us falter. That is why faith and redemptive suffering is akin. Together they keep us faithful to the truth and allow us to enjoy God's mercy and consolation (Ps.93:12-15, 18-19).
In today's gospel, Christ begs us to guard ourselves against avarice and greed. The moment we let hunger dominate our thoughts and guide our judgement, the less likely shall we remain faithful to our commitment to faith. Remember the words of Christ. "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and suffers the loss of his soul (Mk.8:36)? In other words, faith does not rely on tangible evidence but on the conviction that whatever God has promised will come true in Christ.
We live in a highly secularized, materialistic and permissive world today. The rat race culture explicitly displays a lack of faith in God who promised us "The young lion may go empty and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack nothing good (Ps.34:10)." My friends, in the depth of our secular and materialistic world, let us beware of the yeasts of the Pharisees and of Herod (Mk.8:15). Do not allow ourselves to be fooled by the din and glamour of this world. Rely on faith and God will give us each day our daily bread if we cooperate with his plan of salvation.
O God, I believe in you. Help my unbelief.