February 3, 2012 by bobet888
God’s way is unerring,
the promise of the LORD is fire-tried;
he is a shield to all who take refuge in him.
– Psalm 18 : 31, 47, 50, 51
|February 3, 2012 Bible Reading and Gospel|
Those who have radically rejected God, though they might possess great power or wealth, great intelligence or ability, are ultimately the most insecure people on earth. Man’s conscience imposes its painful sentence long before the person ever reaches the ultimate tribunal of justice.
In the lives of every persons, even in the wicked, enough goodness is given them to be saved, enough such that God can offer them the truth of salvation within the scope of their freedom. Such graces do not last, not forever, but only for a time. These moments in life cannot be treated as moments that temporarily pacify our conscience, only to permit us to continue in our sins and resistance to living a holy life. We must use our freedom to respond to God’s voice, breaking the chains of human respect or fear of sacrifice that bind us to darkness.
But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be an affliction,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
For though in the sight of men they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them..
– (Wisdom 3:14-6).