The most important inspiration from yesterday’s reflection is that even if we encounter great challenges and obstacles in our lives, they will not lead us to a dead end because God will not allow that to happen! Just as St. Paul the Apostle wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:13,
“No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.”
Isn’t this marvellous news? However, we cannot just believe with our mind; we must believe from our heart that our God is a faithful God. Without Jesus Christ, even if everything goes well in our lives, it would still be a one-way road leading to our demise. But with Jesus Christ, who is the “way, truth, and life” as our Savior, even if our lives seem hopeless and without a way out, we can still find new life. The reason Jesus was born was to break the curse of this dead end destiny and to redeem us from the valley of death and sin.
In John 3:16-17, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Would this Savior, who was willing to die on the cross and open the door to eternal life for us at any cost, not be willing to help us overcome the challenges of life, but instead watch us walk down the path of no return and waste the precious blood that He shed for us?
My soul, do not be deceived by our enemy and wrongly accuse our gracious Lord! This is not fair to Him!
However, we must understand that God, who has given us absolute freedom, will not force us to choose the way He provides. The choice is still in our hands! If the Samaritan woman at the well did not believe that she had met the Messiah, was unwilling to accept Jesus into her broken life, did not fully believe and accept Christ’s love for her, and chose not to follow the way that Christ had set before her, Jesus would not force her to let go of her various desires that had been binding her. As a result, Jesus would not be able to turn her life around, and she would continue to laboriously draw water daily from the well that could not quench her thirst, and remain trapped in the dead end that she had created for herself.
But we must know that to break this curse, we need great courage and complete trust in God. We must be willing to step out of our comfort zone, this false safety net, and reach out to Jesus, allow Him to lead us out of the valley of death, enabling us to restore a new life.
In today’s prayer, let us allow Jesus to transform our hearts and courageously choose the path He has set before us, and follow the example of the Samaritan woman to share the good news of our transformed life with those around us.
Lord Jesus Christ, please forgive me for my lack of trust in You, only believing in You superficially and intellectually but lacking genuine trust from my heart. Please forgive me for only believing in myself, doubting You and insisting on my own beliefs, not choosing the path You have set before me. My pride has become Your enemy, causing me to be stuck and failing to reciprocate Your endless love for me! Beloved Jesus, please forgive me for hurting You and grant me the courage to be transformed by You!