Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
The concept of the fear of God is something that many people have trouble understanding. When they read the word fear they immediately associate it with dread and horror. They think that walking in the fear of God is living constantly scared and afraid that God will punish them. Many try to contrast the fear of God with the teachings of love that our Lord Jesus Christ gave and they have even tried to make others believe that the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament by making one a being of wrath and the other a being of love. This is precisely where they get more confused because they can not understand that on God love and mercy as wrath and justice can coexist. What allows these conflicting concepts to be consistent in the person of God is his grace which has been shed in abundance and made available to anyone who wants to take shelter in it.
The fear of God is nothing but showing respect, reverence and obedience to God. The fear of God is the attitude that puts us in our just standing before God as creatures he has created and chosen and to whom he has offered grace and forgiveness so we can live now in righteousness and holiness through the merits earned by our Lord Jesus Christ in the cross of Golgotha.
This attitude of respect, reverence and obedience brings juicy rewards for those who show it before God, making it doubly beneficial. Let us look, therefore, to always walk in the fear of God, and not to dread and panic but rather with peace and joy because we are children of God and the recipients of his matchless love. To God alone be the glory!
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”
Power is one of the hardest things to handle for anyone. We’re not talking about the enjoyment of the privileges that power comes with but of the inseparable responsibility associated with it. Pride and arrogance, always present in corrupt human nature are fed by power at the expense of conscience and the necessary and important responsibility that must accompany power is violently overwhelmed. That is why we often see how many political leaders start their mandates as humble lambs and soon become intolerable egotistical maniacs whose arrogance makes them feel they are superior to God and therefore they do not need to seek his guidance and protection. In this process of metamorphosis from sweet sheep to ruthless wolf all those who only seek to profit get involved in a special way. They feed with flattery and insincere praise the indomitable and monstrous ego of their leaders.
We must be very careful when we have been commissioned to carry out activities for which we have been invested with power. Do not forget the famous Dictum of Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Let’s seek always to exercise the kind of leadership that Jesus taught us, leadership based on service to others. His words were: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” With this correct attitude we will be serving both God and our neighbor. Only to God be the glory!
Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
True prosperity can only be achieved when one is under God’s protection. For this we must be fully dependent on him and this is the most difficult part of all. This is so, mainly because we were raised in environments that encourage individual effort and competitiveness. We ended up believing that everything we are, we do and we have is a product of the fervor of our efforts and we forget that even our breathing depends entirely on God. Of course, we can not confuse the concept of freedom in Christ with independence. Independence is the goal of the selfish and the proud. We need to understand that for anything and in everything we depend on the perfect will of God. Of course this does not mean that we will lie down on a bed waiting for God to send us everything we need to live. God wants that our sustenance come as a result of collaboration between him and us. He provides us with life, strength, ability, talent, gifts, resources and opportunities and we chip in with faith, hope and love, things that we certainly have because we have received them from him. In short, everything is given by God but our participation is required to produce our prosperity, always recognizing our total dependence on God.
Having recognized this dependence on God for everything we can render to him the true worship and praise that he expects of us. Let us understand, then, the reason and purpose of our existence in this world and let us know the provenance of the resources available to carry out our task. This knowledge will allow us to be more effective and efficient in carrying out our work for God. To God alone be the glory!
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Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
Man, who was created in God’s image, has one or more genes in his chromosomes that equip him with creativity or the ability to create. Human creations typically begin with the generation of an idea that, if physically feasible, can be transformed into work or action. It is in the process of generating ideas where we find the open door of the imagination. Some of the ideas taken from the fantasy world have been converted into concrete objects or actions but most of them just remain as they are, that is, mere fantasies. There are many people who like to visit this world of fiction, but not to take ideas and turn them into works but to seek an escape from reality. Their life is to imagine entelechy after entelechy and frolic among them but their ideas never come to fruition. They spend a lifetime dreaming of the “may be” and therefore fail to give due attention to the “is” and the “ought to be.” We can afford to spend a reasonable length of time daydreaming about opportunities and desires, but if we dedicate too much time to this world of illusion, most likely we will end up losing touch with reality.
Human beings were created to be engaged in productive activities that generate satisfaction. Those who think that work is a curse or a devious way of punishment are completely wrong. The truth is that whoever does not work will see that his situation degenerates day by day and every day that passes he becomes a poorer person, both physically and spiritually. Let us manage with much wisdom and seriousness the time we dedicate to solace in this world of fantasy and dreams. Let us give thanks to God because we have been given the gift of imagination and creativity that allows us to participate, as beings created in God’s image, in the creative process and also because we are blessed with a job or an activity that keeps us busy, productive, satisfied and grateful to God. To God alone be the glory!
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May grain abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
and thrive like the grass of the field.
Scientists and experts in management issues of global food sources agree that, for various reasons that will not be discussed here today, the amount of food available to sustain a growing world population is in sharp and obvious decline. Even with the development of new genetic varieties of plant and animal species that could increase the yield per area of land used ─technological advancement that has been widely questioned─ the trend is that every day the availability of food will decrease and therefore food will be more expensive and supplies will be more difficult to secure. It is not the first time that humanity is threatened by climate change, droughts, floods and their consequential famines. Nature has its own mechanisms, established by its Creator, to control these imbalances and get things back to a sustainable state. Still, scientists and experts in the field would like to have at their disposal an answer or a way to control these swings that would allow them to avoid the tragedies and disasters that usually accompany these natural disturbances. In their way, they make use of hope ─hope in their own capabilities─ as a tool to finding a technological solution.
The world may go a long way in the technological field but the solution will not be found there but in the environment of the spiritual world. The promise of God is that one day when all our troubles, pains, difficulties, pains, illnesses and sorrows will be left behind. As children of God, we move forward with the clear hope that a day will come as God has promised. On that day, the new creation will be stable and lush and all plant species will bear fruit twelve times a year, something even the scientists would not even dream to achieve. It is okay to continue carrying out scientific investigations to improve the yield and resistance of the raw materials necessary to keep humanity adequately nourished. Now, hope should not be placed on science but on the Creator of the universe and the Author of the promises that will soon come to fruition. To God alone be the glory!
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