Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 30, 2011

Eric Wilkerson

Senior, Exercise Science Major

Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 OR
1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28 OR
Col 3:12-21OR
1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24
Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 OR
Ps 84: 2-3, 5-6, 9-10
Lk 2:41-52

In a society that supports strength and rejects weakness, faith is often difficult to understand.  There are people in the modern world who believe that faith is a sign of weakness.  If one were truly strong, he or she would not need to be supported by an unseen deity, rather they could support themselves.  Some view faith as a way to avoid taking responsibility for their actions and their future.  They think it is more convenient to believe a higher power has control over one’s life, making us less responsible for our future. 

As a Christian it can be difficult to recognize that faith is an action of strength.  It is initially more difficult to submit oneself and one’s problems to the Lord than to try and deal with them individually.  This action of submitting problems to Christ is an action of humility.  Recognizing one's own weaknesses and laying them before God, in reality, shows great of courage.  People often want to keep their problems hidden from the world to hide their weaknesses.  However, offering one's deficiencies and imperfections to a perfect being is a difficult task.  It takes a great amount of humility to recognize ones own weaknesses and be willing to ask for help from God.  As humans it can also be difficult to identify our own flaws, but trust in God will allow his wisdom to help us recognize and face our weaknesses.

“Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.” -Genesis 15:6

Faith is the central focus of today’s readings.  Abraham lives in a society where his sons and their ability to control his stead after his passing define a man’s worth.  Since Abraham did not have a son, he would not be able to give his possessions to his heir after his death.  Despite these challenges, Abraham kept his unwavering faith.  This faith prompted God to present Abraham with an heir.  We must recognize the gravity of this situation.  Abraham’s entire life was on the verge of worthlessness because he had no heir to carry on his legacy.  Abraham knew that God was the only answer to his prayers, if God was not able to help Abraham, his entire life would have been wasted.  Abraham had the humility to recognize that he could not fix this problem on his own, so he sought God’s help.  This action of humility is a testament of how we are expected to act when placed in a difficult situation.  We should not act as if the problem does not exist, believe the problem is too small for God, or does not relate to God; rather, we should submit our problems to God and have the courage and humility to recognize that we cannot do everything alone.  Although God does not always answer prayers in obvious ways, as he did for Abraham, having a close relationship with Christ will allow us to see his plan for us more easily.  God wants to help if only we seek his assistance.

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