Thursday 14 November 2013

Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent

Following God's commandments is not that difficult or complicated. It is when we are stubborn, rebellious, wanting our way, proud or have big egos that we begin to think we can do whatever we like. We sometimes see such attitude in society today. Some of those who are rich and powerful begin to think that they are superior and they think they can get away with anything. What about us? Are we becoming more self-centered and refusing to listen and obey God's commandments? Do we think we can run away from right conduct and responsibility? In Bahasa Malaysia, there is a saying: "Sepandai-pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya jatuh ke tanah juga." Roughly translated into English: "No matter how clever a squirrel jumps or hops, it will eventually fall onto the ground." What we do or failed to do will eventually emerge in some form some day. We cannot continuously hide skeletons in a closet forever. Are we humble enough to change and let God take control?

Today's reading tells us: "I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is good for you, I lead you in the way that you must go. If only you had been alert to my commandments, your happiness would have been like a river, your integrity like the waves of the sea." God is beckoning us to let Him teach us and lead us. Are we willing to open our hearts and minds and let him do so? Or are we still resistant and refusing to change? Life is short and unpredictable. Let us not waste the opportunities given to us to grow and dwell in God's embrace.

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