Saturday, August 5, 2017

Listen to Him

“THIS is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.
Listen to him.” These are words spoken at the transfiguration of
Christ. We need to take this divine command seriously, always battling
against those forces that seek to undermine it.

            To be sure, God in Christ through the Holy Spirit always
intervenes in our life. He always has something to say. And of all the
considerations that we have to make, those of God are the most
important, the most essential and necessary. We just cannot remain in
the technicals and in the purely worldly categories.

            God always is relevant in all our affairs because being
the Creator, he knows everything. He is the one that sets what is
right and wrong, what is good and evil, as well as what is safe and
unsafe, prudent and imprudent, effective and ineffective, etc.

            We can never think that giving God our priority attention
would restrict us in our thinking. Or that he is going to disrupt what
we think is good for us. We need to remind ourselves that everything
is relatable to God. He is and should be the constant reference point
in our life.

            Contrary to what we may fear, God’s words will actually
broaden our perspectives, deepen our understanding of things, purify
and elevate to the supernatural order our thinking. God’s words will
guide us through the maze of our worldly and human considerations in
order to lead us to our eternal destination.

            We have to remember that everything in our life, in the
different aspects and dimensions of our life, and in the different
possibilities and scenarios our life can take, irrespective of whether
they are good or bad humanly or naturally speaking, or even
spiritually and supernaturally speaking, can and should be related to
God who knows what to do with them.

            We should avoid the pitfall of thinking that there are
certain things and situations, certain concerns, issues and affairs in
our life where God has no role to play. God is in everything. His
interventions in our life are constant and abiding, and are meant to
lead everything to him who is the beginning and end of all things.

            We need to understand that God’s words contain the wisdom
that is proper for us. They are not just worldly or human wisdom, but
wisdom itself. The task that we have to do is to mine that wisdom, to
learn how to appreciate it and put it into practice.

            Yes, there will be effort involved, a lot of it. And more
than that, there will be some suffering involved too, since it is
unavoidable that we have to experience the consequences that divine
wisdom will give us as it clashes with our worldly and human wisdom.

            We have to learn the art of listening to God’s words
intently. This can take many forms. We have to develop the habit of
reading the gospel, studying the doctrine of our faith, putting them
into practice by developing the proper attitudes and virtues. We have
to learn to live in the presence of God always, and to see God in
everything, no matter how bad they may be, humanly speaking.

            Listening to God in Christ through the Holy Spirit should
be an abiding feature in our life!

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