Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

When We do not Understand What God is doing. Wed 3rd Week Advent


Breakfast with the Word Wednesday Third Week of Advent



Luke 7:19-23


There are times in life when we seem not to understand what God is doing. Sometimes this comes when we expect something from God and it does not come the way we want.


There are moments we pray and keep our faith strong and yet it looks as if the opposite is what we see. When we do not understand what God is doing, there is the temptation to lose our patience and even lose faith.

Hence it looks as if the promises of God are not real. This may be as a result of the experiences we are facing in actual life.


Many today lose their trust in God. Some even think He is not real. This may arise because what we see is different from what we prayed for or what we expected.


The truth is that when we do not understand God, the temptation to fall into doubt begins to creep in. Hence many stumble at this point.


In the Gospel


In the Gospel, John sends his disciples to Jesus to inquire if He is truly the Messiah or are they expecting another one. This question today seems strange because John has been the one announcing the coming of the Messiah.


This question is a reflection of someone who is in doubt. Jesus responds by pointing to His messianic works; teaching, healing, salvation, setting the captives free, making the blind to see etc which echo His messianic manifesto of Luke 4:18, quoted from Isaiah 61:1.


Pointing to His works also reflects what will begin to happen when the Messiah comes as was prophesied in Isaiah 35:5-6.


Possible Reasons for The Question

1. Many scholars have tried to verify the possible reasons for this question. Almost everyone knows that John was a mighty prophet. He would have certainly understood that Jesus is the Messiah but His questions reflect someone who exercises His feelings as a Human being.



2. Secondly, It is certain that at this time, John was languishing in prison. He knows that one of the functions of the Messiah as was quoted in Isaiah 61 is that He will set the prisoners free. But Jesus keeps silence at His ordeals. This could lead to depression and doubt because John was in prison and Jesus is yet to release Him.



3. Thirdly, John may be expecting that the Kingdom He had been announcing will come immediately but up till now, there was no sign of it. Maybe the approach Jesus takes was different from what John expected.



4. Finally, many at that time expected that the Messiah would deliver them from Roman domination. They expected a physical liberation. John may have been influenced also by this major belief of His time. He thus requests if they will wait for another.



The Moments of Our Doubt.



There are also times when we feel God is not doing what we want. Maybe we have prayed, fasted and even worked for it but we are yet to see any glimpse of God’s intervention.



There are truly moments we feel like doubting whether God exists or not. When we do not understand what God is doing in our lives, the resultant effect may be to lose faith.


Many today who have stopped praying and lost that fervour that distinguished them before is because of experiences like this.


Our moments of doubt may make us lose faith totally, worried, depressed and pose unlimited questions to Him especially when we do not understand what God is doing.

Reflection Wednesday Third Week of Advent

The truth is that God’s mysteriously does His works. So the best thing is to allow Him to do it the way He wants.


What to Do

In John 20:24-27, Jesus appears to Thomas after his doubt.  He allowed Him to touch His wounds to strengthen His faith. Today, Jesus also points to His Messianic works to authenticate His divine personality. All these are to strengthen their faith in Him through the works He does.



So when we do not understand what God is doing for us and you are tempted to lose faith, remember the things He has been doing for you all these while.



There are things He is still doing for you even at that time of losing hope. Do not lose hope because God is not answering your prayer the way you want. If you are tempted to lose hope remember His love all these while.



Finally, today, Jesus blesses all who would not lose faith because of Him. In essence, never let what God is doing and not doing make us lose faith in Him. Our faith in God is not conditional and should not be determined by the things He does and not do. But like Paul and Silas, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, let us keep our faith strong even amid hardest affliction.


The message of today is simply to trust deeply in God even when you do not understand what He is doing. At last, you will.


May God bless you beloved and give us the grace to keep our faith strong in Him. May He never allow us to stumble. Amen.


You may read


Action makes the Difference


When We lose the reverence for the Spiritual


To Rejoice In The Lord Always


When We lose the reverence for the Spiritual.


Rejoice in the Lord Always


Behind the Opposite of We Want


  1. Michael Peter Enyilegu says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏💯✅

  2. Okoye Juliet chidinma says

    Thank you Padre
    Thank you Lord for all you’ve been doing in my life,most especially for the gift of life.
    Dear God do not allow me to stumble,keep my faith strong.

  3. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

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  9. Beatrice Kelechi says

    Amen. Jesus! I trust in You 🙏

  10. Beatrice Solomon says


  11. Esimekara Nnenna says

    Lord increase my faith especially in moments of trails.

  12. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen. Infact, GOD IS GOD. I don’t really understand but I don’t need to, that is why HE IS GOD, I just wish HE prove and manifest HIS LOVE to us at the time of need which HE IS NOT OBLIGED TO. so you see HE IS IN CHARGE.

    It can be really frustrating.

  13. Ugwu Obianuju G says


  14. Agina Uchenna says

    Amen. Lord, May I never lose my trust in you no matter what may come my way. My life is always in your hands

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  16. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  17. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    I need you seriously, Lord Jesus, in this moment of my life. Save me from despair and give me the grace to keep moving in faith. Amen

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  19. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. I pray for the grace to always confide in God in everything. Amen.

  20. Eze Juliana Nkechi says

    Amen. oh God increase my Faith 🙏🙏

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  22. Abuah Judith says

    Amen ….thanks for this brother. God increase your faith in Jesus name amen

  23. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  24. David Sunday Edore says

    Amen. Oh Lord give me the grace to always believe in ur words.

  25. Nancy chizoba says

    Great piece…May God bless you too Amen.🙏

  26. Okonkwo onyinye says


  27. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Thanks for the encouraging words of God, I won’t lose faith in Him. God bless you

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  29. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro. Good morning

  30. Nwoye Chinemerem says

    Amen 🙏

  31. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says


  32. Onuoha Adeline Chidimma says

    May He never allow me to stubble Amen

  33. Ozioko Evangeline. N. says

    Thank u jesus for your word today …..may I continue to trust and have faith in you.Amen.

  34. Okorie Amarachukwu says

    GOD Bless You To 🥰🥰🥰😍😍😍

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  39. Carmela U. E. says

    Amen! Thanks and God bless you too Fr.

  40. Godwin Odah says

    Amen 👏.
    Lord, the grace to persevere and trust in your power to rescue me from all troubles and trials of this life, I ask of you, now without end…. AMEN 👏.

  41. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, God u are always faithful. We thank fr for this beautiful reflection. May almighty God continue to strengthen u in his vine yard in Jesus mighty name we pray Amen.

  42. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for feeding me today.

  43. Chinedu Duru says


  44. Ifesinachi Okeke says

    Amen 🙏

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  46. Onah Lilian says

    Amen o🙌

  47. Jane chuks says

    Amen 🙌

  48. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

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  50. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks brother God bless you 🙏

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  54. Try y Emmanuel Ogban says

    Faith RICHLYstrong in YOU LORD 🙏 AMEN 🙏

  55. Theomaris says

    Amen 🙏


    Amen. This reflection is very topnotch. Thank you Father Sanctus and more ink to your pen 👍

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  58. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen Padre and God’s Divine wisdom and strength.

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  60. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. Please my God may i never fall even amidst all difficulties and challenges of life. In Jesus Name.

  61. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen.l believe in you Lord help my unbelief

  62. Josephine Ugwu says

    Amen . God bless you Fr

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