Thursday of Week 1 – 1 Sam 4:1-11; Ps 44:10-11,14-15,24-25; Mark 1:40-45
Awake, O Lord, why do you sleep? Arise do not reject us for ever! (Ps 44:24)
The author of the book of Samuel describes the struggle between the Israelites and the Philistines. In the first clash, the Philistines win. The Israelites, not understanding that losing the battle may be a consequence of their sins, want to force victory at all costs. They bring the Ark of the Covenant into the camp, which was considered the throne of God himself. Unfortunately, this attempt did not bring them victory. They are defeated. Why? Has God forgotten about His nation?
God listens to our requests, but He doesn’t always give us what we ask for. After all, He knows what is better for us. Sometimes the experience of abandonment and loneliness can truly open us to God and bring us closer to Him. Sometimes it guards against bad decisions, encourages greater trust and reflection on one’s life.
The Israelites trusted in a symbol, not in the Almighty Power of God, which is why they didn’t win. With the defeat they suffered, God wanted to make them reflect on themselves and show them their lack of trust in Divine Providence. God also sometimes refuses my requests. How do I accept His refusal?