The Word of God

Trusting The Future

Reflection on Mass Reading for July 19, 2021

Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

“Tell the children of Israel to go forward. And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over the sea, split the sea in two, that the children of Israel may pass through it on dry land.” The Scriptures are full of examples of the literally hundred situations whereby trusting God with something unknown and overwhelming is the only valid response. Many, if not most of us, can easily attest that anxiety, worry, and fear are totally useless and even harmful to our souls and those around us. Imagine the scene of the Israelites standing in front of the mighty Red Sea and being told that they were about to walk through it! No doubt some among them truly needed to trust God with everything—and they did!

“Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.” Much like the original “river-marchers” of the Old Testament and Jonah the Prophet in the whale’s belly, trust in God; even the deepest and lasting confidence must be ours. Again, imagine the thoughts and feelings of those around Jesus at the time of His Crucifixion. Total trust led to total victory. It still does.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie Ten Boom

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