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Tuesday, July 9, 1996

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Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13
Psalm 115
Matthew 9:32-38

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"blowing in the wind"

"When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind." —Hosea 8:7

If we sow the wind, we will reap the whirlwind. We reap tornadoes, which bring destruction and chaos. Sowing the wind means blowing where we will (cf Jn 3:8), doing our own thing. If we act by our own authority and without God's approval, we will destroy ourselves (Hos 8:4). If we try to save our lives by taking charge of them and controlling them, we lose them (Lk 9:24-25) and destroy ourselves. If we give up doing our own thing and lose our lives to doing God's will, then we will save our lives.

Where have spiritual tornadoes wrecked your life? Is your marriage in ruins and your family in shambles? Is your church in a state of confusion? Is your neighborhood marked by "disorderly conduct?" Tornadoes are repeatedly hitting our educational, political, and economic system.

Spiritual tornadoes don't just "come out of thin air." They were caused, initiated, sown. We chased after the wind and wandered after our desires (Eccl 6:9). Repent of the wind of sin, rebellion, and self- centeredness. When the wind changes, the whirlwinds subside. The old song was right: "The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind."

Prayer:  Father, replace the wind of rebellion with the wind of the Spirit.

Promise:  "The harvest is good but laborers are scarce. Beg the harvest Master to send out laborers to gather His harvest." —Mt 9:37-38

Praise:  After his wife divorced him and his children married unbelievers, Donald rediscovered his Lord. Now he prays daily for them.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 29, 1995

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 4, 1995