Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Lately I have had several discussions about the saints and martyrs of old. On first observation many of us have concluded that today’s people and followers could not or would not be able to live through and make the sacrifices of the saints. I acknowledged today that even with a minimal pressure I run and hide. I consider myself a good Catholic and believe that I have a strong faith, but compared these men, women and even children it pales. I’m a wimp.
But then I hear God’s still small voice. “Why do you compare yourself to them, I don’t? I gave them what they needed. For didn’t I give Peter and Paul the words they needed to spread my Gospel, and John the Baptist, who do you think had his back? These all were simple men and yet once they believed and let me into their lives, they were able to do my work with no trouble.”
And if you argue that was then, this is now, “You don’t speak to people in this day and age like you did then.” Well God would have to point out people like Mother Theresa, Cassie Bernall and so many others that are still hearing His voice”
I guess the thing God wants us to remember and put in our hearts is that first of all; He is comparing each and every one of us to no one else. We are all judged on ourselves alone. Second; when we are put in those situations where we need God, guess what, He’s there. He will give us what we need to handle and survive, if that is His plan. Third; God will celebrate your victories, no matter how small.
So forget the comparisons, God has, celebrate your faith and count on Him to be there when you need Him, for He always is. You are blessed by God.
Most gracious and merciful Jesus, please be there when I need your strength. Don’t compare me to the saints, but instead judge me on my use of the gifts you have given me. Finally when I need you please be there. Thank you Lord for all that you have given me and for all that you will do for me in the future. Thank you for being there when I needed your words, your actions to spread your gospel. Thank you for the words of this devotion. All this I pray through your almighty son, Jesus. Amen
All for the Glory of God,