Thought for the Day – Sunday 11th October

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“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Matthew 13 : 27 – 30

I have been watching a documentary series on Netflix about money and corruption. Some of the stories in it are truly shocking, how individuals have swindled million and even billions for their own personal gain. In some of the stories there was room for improvement: the companies could implement new policies, hire new staff and turn things around. But for many of them the situation was so far gone that they needed to collapse under the weight of their own corruption. Once the company had gone under, only then could people responsible could be held accountable.

Sometimes there are situations that can be salvaged, where we can come in and make a difference. But sometimes things are so far gone that they need to be brought to an end. Only then can the wheat be sorted from the weeds. It can be hard to come to accept that, that there’s nothing we can do to turn things around, but we place our trust in God and have hope in God redemptive power.

Prayer: Loving God, grant me the discernment to be able to see a bad situation, the wisdom to know when it’s best to walk away and the courage to stick to my convictions. These kinds of situations are never easy so I ask for your encouragement and to know that you are always with me.

Action: These kinds of situations are never easy, if you’re going through something like that be sure to take rests and to bring your troubles to God.