Today’s readings show wisdom, prophecy, life and death are all in Your hands.
David showed Your wisdom when he didn’t kill Saul, the one You anointed as king over Israel. He prophesied when he said “the Lord Himself will strike him.” David recognized that a man’s life and death are for You to determine.
Saul showed wisdom when he acknowledged his sin acting like a fool trying to kill a man who had spared his life twice. He prophesied when he said, to David “you will do great things and surely triumph.” He too, recognized that You had spared his life through David and that David’s life was not his to take.
The woman who acted as a medium recognized her life could have been forfeit for what she did, had You not allowed Saul to hear again from Samuel the prophecy You had already given through him: that Saul would lose the kingdom because of his disobedience and it would be given to David. You also revealed that Saul would die the next day.
In one of Your most dramatic public miracles You demonstrated that You are the resurrection and the life by raising Lazarus to life. It was Your wisdom to wait when the word came that He was sick so that this greater miracle could be done.
You prophesied to Your disciples that “this sickness will not end in death” so that You would be glorified through the circumstances to follow. And although the disciples didn’t understand at the time, You were given glory as many who saw, believed.
Caiaphas, who was the High Priest that year thought he was being wise, but actually prophesied when he said “it is better that one man die for the people than the whole nation perish.” For You did indeed lay down Your very life so that Your people would have everlasting life.
Thank You that these important issues are in the hands of the One, Almighty God who judges justly and can be trusted because of Your faithfulness and love for Your people.
My life and times are in Your hands. I know that my life came from You and nothing can take it out of Your hands.
Give me wisdom to live each day in faith. Show me how to use my gifts, talents, abilities and experiences to the fullest measure to bring You honor and glory every day that I have.
And then close my eyes in peace when the final day arrives, to reawaken in Your eternal presence. Amen