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A Journey in Search of the Good

"For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice." (Romans 7:19 NKJV) Ever since we started crawling we have been surrounded by recommendations and assailed by shouts like: "Don't do it" or "Be careful". Along the path of our growth we all had the necessary experiences that gave us awareness of what was dangerous for us and for others, and what we could safely do instead. Although we had grown up and developed an adequate sense of responsibility, others did not always trust us. How many times have you heard yourself "Did you do well?". I am sure instead that you have lost count of how many times you have heard "You made a mistake", what else does not say that "You have done wrong". And even worse when you think you've done well ... and instead you are scolded: "You did wrong!". In the end it should not affect in any way, so much is known that what is right for us is not for everyone. Sometimes that "you do wrong", it helps to grow, when it is accompanied by a feeling of love and protection. Otherwise it is a sterile destructive criticism, demotivating and often humiliating. Why are you looking for good? In Philemon, in presenting the case of Onesimus, Paul asked: "your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary" (Philemon 14). So we ask, "What do we want?" or perhaps we should strive to conform our will to that of Heavenly Father (Matthew 6:10; Luke 22:42).

We are experiencing days in which we are forced to give up many of the things that we would have liked to do or continue to do. On the other hand, we are doing many other things that we had not planned in the least. The point I believe is in discerning what is good and what is bad. Humiliating ourselves under the mighty hand of the Eternal will help us to recognize what seemed bad to us, and vice versa. We will certainly find a negative implication for all that we have had to give up. But it is always and only about our perspective. At least for those who have a modicum of faith, new frontiers are opening up. Abraham, it is true that he faced a journey differently from us, but was challenged at the start to give up friends, relatives, his country, his activities for a jump in the in the "dark". "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing" (Genesis 12:1-2). Who knows we're not all traveling these days. Certainly with the imagination. But if you think about it, you discover that your faith is also on the way. Today, again, we see and understand only partially. The day comes when we will be fully aware of everything that is happening. It is time to learn to trust God even more, who knows what he is doing, who sees what is hidden from us, who traces a road where there is no way. To become a great nation, to be a blessing for those who would have surrounded him over time, Abraham must obey, trust and leave.

In the path of growth, each one should have the humble Pauline consideration that despite the commitment and effort one cannot always do in what one would like to do. However, this must not produce sterile immobility. Rather, it must motivate us to insist and persist. The believer, more than anyone else, should never have a catastrophic behavior, because in any apocalyptic scenario he should ever find himself, he has the certainty, by faith, that his God holds him by the hand. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going" (Hebrews 11:8). On the journey Abram becomes Abraham, from "father" to "father of multitudes" (Genesis 17:5), from a life projected on himself to a life directed towards others. I believe that God is calling us to challenge us to reach out to others.

Devotional 13/2020 Weekly Bible reading plan March 23, Joshua 16-18; Luke 2:1-24 March 24, Joshua 19-21; Luke 2:25-52 March 25, Joshua 22-24; Luke 3 March 26, Judges 1-3; Luke 4:1-30 March 27, Judges 4-6; Luke 4:31-44 March 28, Judges 7-8; Luke 5:1-16

March 29, Judges 9-10; Luke 5:17-39


On March 29, 1788, at about eighty-one years of age, Charles Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, passed away.

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