Grace to you!
I reflect on the need to follow divine lead and not be ahead of God.
Many biblical stories are archetypical. They capture various aspects of human life. They reveal the nuances of real life and experiences.
Take for instance the story recorded in Exodus 32. It is about how the people pressurized Aaron, the priest, to make them a god like them. We also read of Moses’ response to the people’s rebellion against the almighty God.
The people complained against Moses, and indirectly against the God of Moses. For them, Moses had taken too long to respond to their needs. They said: We don’t know what has become of this Moses (Ex 34:1). We need something fast. We need prompt resolutions. Quick fixes. But this Moses and his so-called God who is way up on that remote mountain isn’t the kind that seems functional enough. He is too slow to our liking.
I suspect you may have been in a situation where you feel God isn’t prompt enough in responding to your concerns. It could be a situation where you feel the Church is too slow and your pastor’s response to your healing and other needs aren’t quick enough.
You may have been there when you waited and waited for the Lord concerning your problems, but the Lord seemed to delay. You felt like finding another route for a solution. You wanted to go ahead of God, or at least look for ways to get it done. Those ways may not feel right. You may not feel at peace with them, yet you simply want a quick fix.
How many times the spiritual leader is pushed to become who they aren’t or to adopt styles and methods to please their followers. This happens in leadership too. The pressure to have a quick turnaround could lead to shortcuts that undermine organizational values and vison. The temptation to have a quick result is one that is prone to error or quick fixes with unimaginable negative consequences in the long run. The temptation to quick fixes is a subtle bait against behavioral and ethical credibility.
In your spiritual life, when such lures occur, remember to wait and ask yourself, is this the path with lasting joy and peace? Is this consistent with where I want to be tomorrow? Would I ever regret in the future for making this decision or taking this route?
I know when troubles come and temptations beset us, we hardly think through things. However, if we prepare well enough now for the rainy days by constant attention to God’s ways and word, and are keen on the promptings of grace, we would be equipped to make the right decisions in turbulent times.
Grace centered instincts grow from grace centered lifestyle. Such a lifestyle hardly falls prey to the temptation of a shortcut that leads to regrets. Such a lifestyle is one that follows divine lead and doesn’t go ahead of the Lord.
Praying for grace filled lifestyle and grace centered instincts. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
[Monday Week 17: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34; Lk 10:38-42]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.