⏰Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 June 2020)

📖2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18; Ps 60:3, 4-5, 12-14 (R.v.7a); Matt 7:1-5


Isaiah 59:1-2 states, “The Lord’s arm is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. It is rather your iniquities that have separated you from your God; it is your sins that have made him hide his face from you, so that he does not hear you.”

That prophecy is what is echoed in 2 Kings 17. The kingdom of Israel came to an end because the people were indignant and refused to turn back to God despite the many ways through which he beckoned on them to come back to him. The kingdom came to an end when God turned his face away from the kingdom.

My dear, you need to remain in the face of God to live and make progress in life. In the history of the Israelites, it was always the case that the people triumphed in the face of opposition as long as God was with them but are overpowered when God departs from them. In the same way, you cannot make much progress in life if God does not keep you in his view.

Worst still, what a waste we would become if after all the struggles and troubles of this life we fail to behold the face of God in his kingdom. God does not want that to become of us and he invites us to come back to him irrespective of how filty we are (Isa 1:18); he is ready to welcome us as he did the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:20-24).

May His abiding grace continue to keep in his face by inspiring us to holiness of life. Amen.

Have a glorious working week spent in the face of God and under his protection. Peace be with you.

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