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Tuesday, September 22, 1998

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Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13
Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44
Luke 8:19-21

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"Like a stream is the king's heart in the hand of the Lord; wherever it pleases Him, He directs it." —Proverbs 21:1

The Lord wants our hearts to become like water in His hand. With our hand, we can sprinkle, splash, stir, hold, throw, or pour water. Water offers little resistance. We can almost do anything we want with it.

Is your heart like water in God's hand, or is it like ice or glue? Will you let the Lord pour you out as a libation (Phil 2:17; 2 Tm 4:6), or are you only a drip? Can you be splashed and sprinkled, or are you so set in your ways that you are like molasses? Will you let the Lord throw you into anything at any time, or are you sticky? When God stirs you, do you thank and praise Him, or do you complain? Will you let the Lord hold you, or are you leaky?

When we totally give our lives to Jesus, we "accept the gift of life-giving water" (Rv 22:17). When we receive the Holy Spirit, from within us "rivers of living water" flow (Jn 7:38). The water Jesus gives us becomes "a fountain" within us "leaping up to provide eternal life" (Jn 4:14). We have rivers of leaping, living water within us. Be like water in God's hand.

Prayer:  Father, make me humble and docile to Your touch.

Promise:  Jesus said: "My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and act upon it." —Lk 8:21

Praise:  Ron had a vasectomy after his fourth child was born. Jesus healed the vasectomy, but Ron rejected the healing and had a second vasectomy. Several years later, Ron repented and expressed it by having his vasectomies reversed. Jesus has blessed Ron and his wife with two more children.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert J. Buschmiller, February 17, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 25, 1998