19 May Acts 13:22 (God speaks!) by Kevin McNicholas
“Then he removed him and raised up David as their king; of him he testified, I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish.” Acts 13:22 (full readings)
Kevin’s Reflections: God speaks! In today’s passage, God spoke through the prophet Samuel in the Old Testament about His servant David. David had both great strengths and humbling weaknesses. David was both a mighty king and a lowly sinner. King David’s greatest strength was that he allowed God to work through him. Samuel suggests that David is a man after God’s own Heart, as David acted in a way that was pleasing to God. Even when David’s sin separated him from God, he cried out for forgiveness in the form of many Psalms. What are we allowing to stop us from carrying out God’s every wish? God speaks to us daily. God’s Voice comes to us from the prophets of the Old Testament, and His Son spoke words that the world will never forget! God is still speaking just as loudly as ever. Are we prepared to listen to Him? With so many worldly distractions, we must not allow ourselves to slip into routines of sin that keep us sidetracked from God’s Voice. Let us pray each day that we never put anyone or anything before our truly loving, merciful, and awesome God!
* Kevin McNicholas met his wife Laura at the University of Illinois Newman Center Chapel. They were married in 2006 in the same chapel where they met and were engaged. They are blessed to be Engaged Encounter Weekend leaders in Belleville, IL.
Faith Challenge: Reflect on how Acts chapter 13 should be applied to your life…and work towards personal holiness.
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Feast Day: St. Celestine V
Faith Quote: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me (John 13:20).” ~ Jesus Christ
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.