From a Creighton Student's Perspective
July 9, 2012
Senior, Exercise Science Major
In today’s Gospel Jesus shows the importance of faith in the Lord. It is easy to believe that we are self-sufficient and God is detached from the world. I frequently have this experience when I am preparing for an academic or worldly challenge. I prepare as I see fit and forget to ask God for his help. I get caught in the logic of worldly preparation and forget about the importance of God.
The greatest challenge I see when asking God for his help is that I still have to put forth effort to accomplish my goal; he does not give success when I have not worked for it. I have previously found this troubling. It seems that praying to God does not give any additional help- after all we had to prepare and upon our preparation we were able to succeed. Recently it dawned on me that I prefer this method of God’s help. When we prepare for a challenge we typically excel to the same degree that we prepared, although God is always present to offer us rest when we become weary and to help lighten our burden when it becomes too heavy. After all, God will not ever give us more than we can carry. He alone knows our limit.
Further, God is a just deity; to worship an unjust deity would be more frustrating because it would be a waste of our time to work for a goal. God’s justice is one of the important reasons that we love him, but it is frustrating when we fail when we believe we have given our greatest effort. Our natural thought is, “where is God’s justice now? I have given everything, yet all to no avail!” If only we, myself included, could see God’s plan we would recognize that our failures in reality lead to greater success in the future.
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