God My Great Counselor
Do we bare witness to God's Word? It is the Catholic belief that we are made in God's image, carry this image throughout our lives, and return to God after death, embracing eternal life through the love of the Father. Do we consult God before making big decisions, or any decision for that matter, or trust our own judgement? Recently I'd applied for missionary work, something that takes much thought, planning and discernment. It was a cross between this and teacher's college. I'd planned for the missionary work, had the interview, it was all great, except no matter what I'd planned, God was leaning in another direction. Whether that be teaching or further education, this is God's plan for me right now, and it's time to trust, and move beyond my plan, and take a step. So often we seek counsel with God, feel heartache from loss of opportunity when it turns out God has something much better in mind. We just need to learn to trust.
Today's Gospel states:'But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me; and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning."I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. "I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you' (John 15:26--16:4).
Seeking counsel from God isn't always easy. Though God is with us from beginning to end, it's not always clear which direction he wants us to go in. God does give us tools and the judgement necessary to move forward however, through Jesus' life, teachings, death and resurrection, through Scripture, through prayer, and community. Do you know that one wise person that you've always turned to for advice during trials and confusion? Perhaps God is using that person to guide you and help you along the way. It may not be clear, but God has a plan for you, even if you can't yet see it. Take some time to ask God to help you seek His will for your life, and to be accept any to His plan.
Today's prayer comes from 'belief net' a prayer for accepting God's will:
Your word in Isaiah 55:9, says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” And in response to your word I say, “I thank you for being above me and knowing what is best for me.” In this life, we are all searching for our purpose and asking for your will to be done. But let us not be blindsided and naive to think that as we ask, so we are ready for it to be revealed and respond accordingly. I pray that as each of us comes to a point in our lives where we dare to ask you to reveal your will for us, you would put us in a place of acceptance of what you reveal to us. It may not be what we want, but it will surely be what we need in order to live a life fully invested in you. When fear attempts to consume us, be the destroyer of the fear by your perfect love for we know it casts out all fear. When you see that we are tempted to turn back and ignore your will, chasten our spirits and helps us to see that you only want the best for us. Help us to realize that anything you bring into our lives and anything you reveal to us is for our good. Give us a spirit of acceptance and a heart open to your move in our lives. Most of all Lord, let us never get so caught up in seeking you out for a revelation that we forget to seek you, for you. Let us always desire to be with you above all things. Seeking your kingdom first and letting everything else be added afterwords. Letting your love surround us and cast out any fear or doubts. Help us to live in love with you, accept your will for our lives and give us the proper response to your revelation.
In Jesus’ Name,