In today’s first reading from Jeremiah 20, we hear the people plotting against Jeremiah. But they will not be victorious; they will not have their way. Jeremiah says, “But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph…Praise the Lord, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!” And in the end, so it would be with Jesus.
In the Gospel reading from John 10, Jesus tells the people, “If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” In essence, Jesus was telling them that if they didn’t believe what He was saying, then at least believe what He was doing. Actions speak louder than words.
I believe a similar principle can be applied in our own lives. There may be times where our faith wavers. We may be going to church and reading the Bible, but something’s missing. That’s when we need to open our eyes and see the works of Jesus, the grace of God in our lives; because it’s always there. See it, believe it.
Father, thank you for Jesus pouring out grace into our lives. May we recognize this more each day, and believe. Amen.
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