Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 2, 2011

Jeremy Rutledge

Sophomore, Psychology Major

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Mal 3:1-4
Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10
Heb 2:14-18
Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

When I first read the passages for today there was nothing that became prominent to me, and I knew I had to be missing something. How could I read God’s word and not find something to reflect upon? As I began to read through it a second time I prayed for God to make known to me what it was that he wanted me to get out of these passages. And he did just that.

Verse two of Malachi chapter three talks about God being like a fire that refines metal or a fuller’s lye. Prior to this, Malachi asks, “But who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears?” This particular verse stuck out to me as I thought about my own impurities in life that need refining by God’s fire. Being human and knowing the mistakes I make, there are times I feel unworthy to be called a child of God and could not even begin to imagine what it would be like to stand in his presence, face to face with the Most High. But the wonderful thing about God is that even though we are so undeserving of his grace and mercy, his love is unfailing, and Hebrews brings our attention to this.

Despite who we are or the things we have done, we have been set free. Hebrews 2:15 tells us that the Son became flesh and blood like us to set free all those who lived in slavery to the fear of death. No matter what we go through, our loving Father has been there and knows what hardships and struggles we go through. I feel that it is important to think on God’s love and always know that he has cast our sins as far as the east is from the west.

I know there are many times I focus on the wrong I’ve done and forget that if I ask for his forgiveness he is faithful and just, forgiving my sins, and there is no need for me to dwell on things of the past when God doesn’t think about them either. Each day is a new chance to make the decision to follow wholly after God and leave the past behind. God is like a refining fire, and I pray that our desire as the church is to allow ourselves to be consumed by this fire and live in such a way that we are able to break away from things of the past that hinder us from living with a pure heart. Let us be like Simeon and Anna, continually longing to be in the presence of God night and day and allowing God to refine our lives.

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