Thursday, March 1 – The Lord works in mysterious ways

Esther 4:17

Queen Esther took refuge with the Lord in the mortal peril which had overtaken her. She besought the Lord God of Israel in these words:

“My Lord, our King, the only one,
come to my help, for I am alone
and have no helper but you
and am about to take my life in my hands.

“I have been taught from my earliest years,
in the bosom of my family, that you, Lord, chose
Israel out of all the nations
and our ancestors out of all the people of old times
to be your heritage for ever;
and that you have treated them as you promised.
Remember, Lord; reveal yourself
in the time of our distress.

“As for me, give me courage,
King of gods and master of all power.
Put persuasive words into my mouth
when I face the lion;
change his feeling into hatred for our enemy,
that the latter and all like him may be brought to their end.

“As for ourselves, save us by your hand,
and come to my help, for I am alone
and have no one but you, Lord.”


Matthew 7:7-12

Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. Is there a man among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish? If you, then, who are evil, known how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven given good things to those who ask him!

“So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.”

“The Lord works in mysterious ways” is one of the most interesting and powerful truths of all time. Esther was in mortal peril when she called out to the Lord for help. Esther was probably a resourceful person, but in the face of death, when there was no way out that she could see, she turned to the Lord, trusting with faith that the Lord would deliver her from evil.

We too are called to use our gifts to help us through life. But for us, the temptation to give up is great when we are faced with an impossible situation. However, as children of God, Jesus tells us to call on God our Father. Jesus tells us to ask the Father for help out of impossible situations, because for men, it is impossible, but with God, nothing is impossible.

Think about it. God is all-powerful and all-knowing. It is nothing to him to perform the impossible, or usually in the context of real life, it is closer to performing the highly improbable. When we are faced with impossible or highly improbable situations, call on the Lord for help. Ask him in faith to deliver us from evil.

This act of faith takes great openness, for as humans, we see no way out of the situation. God, however, can deliver us, because he can do the impossible. Be open, therefore, to the Lord working deeds that are impossible or highly improbable. Trust in God, and let him show us his mystery and wonder.

Dear Lord, help us to remember to turn to you when faced with impossible situations, and to ask with faith that you deliver us from our situations. Amen.

Give Thanks to the Lord for: Solving problems in impossible situations.

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