3 April 2019
Thus says the Lord:
At the favourable time I will answer you,
on the day of salvation I will help you.
(I have formed you and have appointed you
as covenant of the people.)
I will restore the land
and assign you the estates that lie waste.
I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out’,
to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
On every roadway they will graze,
and each bare height shall be their pasture.
They will never hunger or thirst,
scorching wind and sun shall never plague them;
for he who pities them will lead them
and guide them to springs of water.
I will make a highway of all the mountains,
and the high roads shall be banked up.
Some are on their way from afar,
others from the north and the west,
others from the land of Sinim.
Shout for joy, you heavens; exult, you earth!
You mountains, break into happy cries!
For the Lord consoles his people
and takes pity on those who are afflicted.
For Zion was saying, ‘The Lord has abandoned me,
the Lord has forgotten me.’
Does a woman forget her baby at the breast,
or fail to cherish the son of her womb?
Yet even if these forget,
I will never forget you.
Jesus said to the Jews, ‘My Father goes on working, and so do I.’ But that only made them even more intent on killing him, because, not content with breaking the sabbath, he spoke of God as his own Father, and so made himself God’s equal.
To this accusation Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
the Son can do nothing by himself;
he can do only what he sees the Father doing:
and whatever the Father does the Son does too.
For the Father loves the Son
and shows him everything he does himself,
and he will show him even greater things than these,
works that will astonish you.
Thus, as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,
so the Son gives life to anyone he chooses;
for the Father judges no one;
he has entrusted all judgement to the Son,
so that all may honour the Son
as they honour the Father.
Whoever refuses honour to the Son
refuses honour to the Father who sent him.
I tell you most solemnly,
whoever listens to my words,
and believes in the one who sent me,
has eternal life;
without being brought to judgement
he has passed from death to life.
I tell you most solemnly,
the hour will come – in fact it is here already –
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and all who hear it will live.
For the Father, who is the source of life,
has made the Son the source of life;
and, because he is the Son of Man,
has appointed him supreme judge.
Do not be surprised at this,
for the hour is coming when the dead will leave their graves
at the sound of his voice:
those who did good will rise again to life;
and those who did evil, to condemnation.
I can do nothing by myself;
I can only judge as I am told to judge,
and my judging is just,
because my aim is to do not my own will,
but the will of him who sent me.’
At the favourable time I will answer you
When I was a younger, I remember being told that there are situations that I would not be able to understand because I was still young. As children, there are some concepts in the adult world that they didn’t have the capacity to understand (Although I find this debatable because children see things in black and white, and sometimes, adults just complicate things).
The point I would like to make is that God is preparing us to hear His answers to our questions/petitions, etc., because He knows that we may not be ready to do what needs to be done once He gives us the answers to our questions. Perhaps, at that point in time, we would not have been able to understand, or accept His Will.
I could attest to this. My counselor told me that I was traumatized by the events that happened in my childhood. You see, my parents separated when I was seven. I thought I grew up OK. Until recently, I realized that I probably had an avoidant attachment style. I used to think that emotions and connections are not important to me. I was too self-reliant as well. It took more than 23 years from my parents’ separation for me to know about this. Why did God wait 23 years for me to see this?
When I went for counselling, that’s when I realized that to be able to address this, I would need to revisit the wounds from my childhood. And doing it hurt. If God had allowed me to revisit it earlier, I may not have had the emotional strength to survive the ordeal. I was simply incapable of embarking on the journey to healing that God would have wanted me to undertake.
When I look back at all those 23 years, I could see how God prepared me for this moment of revisiting and healing. It helped that I kept a journal, so I encourage you to. There were smaller instances in my life where I had to face my past, and the success in those small things helped me become stronger. God was also building me up spiritually. After all, I needed to be prepared to receive God’s healing love.
At the favourable time, God will answer us. The best thing to do now is to allow God to make us grow, to allow God to prepare us for that moment, and to be patient because only God knows the favourable time.
Recently, I was looking at all my journals from when I was 10. And I felt God telling me, ‘When you look back, everything will make sense.’ I think God is telling each and everyone of us this message.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Stephanie Villa)
Prayer: Dearest Lord God, I know you know when is the right time for me to get my answers. For now, please prepare me for the day you have anointed.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for making sure that I am ready to receive your answers, for caring so much about me that you are willing to wait for me to grow in order to understand you more.