Listen for God's Direction
Do you ever feel like your life is meant to go in a certain direction, like you are being called for a specific task in life and no matter how hard you try to resist, staying on the path brings you the most happiness, the greatest feeling of accomplishment and joy? Jesus' path was laid for him from before his birth, predicted by the prophets of old. However, he was predicted to be a 'kingly messiah' for the people, one to come and lead the Jews out of the leadership of the Romans, aiding them in defeating their enemies and finding peace.The Jews were given a different form of saviour, one they couldn't have anticipated, a suffering messiah, one coming to bring salvation to them from their sins through his dying, suffering and rising.
Jesus shows us through this act of saving love that we as humans cannot possibly know the plans that God has for our lives. The people hoped for someone to take action and hurt their enemies, to save them in the 'now'. The people were surprised when Jesus showed them a completely different meaning of Messiah and way of living. He taught them how God's Kingdom would be present if they made changes in their lives, becoming loving, accepting, compassionate. In order to do this, we need to take a step back from ourselves, and take time for silence, to listen for God's direction. Jesus knew God's will, as he was divine, pure and took the time to put God first above all else. This is how he was able to become this saving messiah for us, by listening and following through with the will of God. The people of his time did not take the time to learn and listen to God's will, but yearned for revenge and kingship. They would not have understood because they did not open themselves up to God's direction for them.
In today's First Reading it states:'But this command I gave them, `Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.' But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. From the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day; yet they did not listen to me, or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. "So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. And you shall say to them, `This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips' (Jeremiah 7:23-28).God tells us that if we obey His voice, we will be blessed, and happy. I know for myself, it is easiest to hear God's will through listening to those around me I trust, and in taking time for prayer. Sitting in the Chapel for some extra time of quiet and peace in the presence of Christ brings grace to the heart and mind. Take some time today, over the next few days, to listen for God's will in your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'Inspirational Prayers' a prayer for making decisions:
I think I hear your will for me in this situation.
And I proclaim to you,
If it - is - your will,
then it is my will to follow you.
I am asking for your clarification.
If I continue to think it is your will, I will step out.
In Jesus' name I pray,