Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ordinary Time: Thursday, July 2, 2009

Old Testament Lesson

One of the hardest things to do in life is to wait upon the Lord. It's hard when His schedule and our schedule are not in sync. We want it to all go as we want it to and when we want it to. But, sometimes, His schedule is different from ours. And we have to wait.

And that's a powerful lesson. It teaches us that we are not the end all and be all of life. We are not God. We don't control these things. We need to wait upon Him. Trust in Him. Listen to Him. Follow Him. And things will work upon His time, not ours. But, in the end, they will be for our benefit and for our good.

New Testament Lesson

We see Philip wait upon the Lord. We see Him listen to the Lord and do things upon God's schedule. And we see what happens. God uses it. God use Phillips faithfulness and His willingness to be used to lead this one to faith, and then he, in turn would go on to lead an entire people to faith. All because Philip went when God said go. May we do the same.

Gospel Lesson

Pilate made the mistake that we each make in our lives. Instead of listening to what God was telling, he listened to the crowd. And, in doing that, he missed the very real presence of the Son of God in his midst. Because eh was more focused on listening to what the crowd was wanting instead of listening to the voice of God standing right beside him.

May we listen to God, above all. May we listen for God's voice today, in all the ways that He will speak to us.

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