They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the LORD, but he did not answer.
I beat them as fine as windblown dust;
I trampled them like mud in the streets.
There are people who seek God but never find him just because they seek him with the wrong attitude. Many think God is like the mythical genie trapped in the lamp that goes out to fulfill three wishes each time the lamp is rubbed and is completely at the disposal of his master. These people usually live totally separated from God and only remember him when they encounter some difficulty in their lives. They believe that God will get them out of the hook simply because they have cried out to him and God is obliged to respond positively. Others look to God for certain benefits which in their opinion may seem very convenient, but that in the eyes of God are completely incompatible with his plan and what is expected of them. An example of this is the large number of Christians that include in their prayers that God grant them to win the lottery jackpot, as if that money were to address the spiritual and behavioral problems that affect them. There are also those who seek God as victims, as if they deserve a positive response from God for the many sufferings they have endured.
James, the brother of the Lord Jesus said: “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” Some people ask and do not mention the Lord Jesus at all. He said: “Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” And last but not least, always ask according to God’s will. Other obstacles to effective prayer include the lack of forgiveness, the presence of sin and lack of repentance. God gives good things to those who ask but you have to meet the requirements or your prayer will end up being just mere talk. Seek God with the right attitude and you will get a response from him. To God alone be the glory!
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LORD, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
For I said, “Do not let them gloat
or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”
When a musical ensemble, be it a duet or a symphonic orchestra performs a musical piece it is very important to the success and quality of the interpretation that each member of the ensemble does what he should do with his instrument at the precise moment when it is his turn to play. The better the musicians are aligned the better the performance of the musical piece will be and the better one can appreciate what the author wanted to convey when he composed the work. If any of the musicians is not doing his part, according to the musical arrangement, the result is dissonance and failure. Interpreting the concert of the life of the child of God is similar. In this musical performance, in this duet where we play together with the Director of the orchestra and concert soloist, it is our part to wait for God and his part is to answer. In the score we can find instructions on how to execute the piece, with clear indications of when to play, what notes to play, when to be silent, when all the orchestra members play and when it is up to the soloist to perform, the intensity of the notes and the rhythm that was used in the composition, and so on.
Are you following the directions in the score of your life? Or, conversely, you conduct yourself and play with improvisation as you please? Does your performance produce harmony or dissonance? Are you a beginner or an expert musician? Have you agreed with the Director of the orchestra when and how your performance will take place? It is vital that you have answers to these and many other questions related to the quality of execution of the instrument you have been assigned. It is also important that those areas where there are opportunities for improvement are identified and specific actions are implemented so the interpretation of the score is done with excellence. Let us keep attentive to the reading of the Director’s instructions that are found in his word. Soon we’ll see how the quality of sound and harmony is improved in our musical performance. Remember! Our part is to wait for God and his part is to answer. Only to God be the glory!
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;
then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.
Children are typically a source of pride for their parents. Sometimes things do not work out right and children become a source of shame to their parents. In any case, children’s performance will positively or negatively affect morale and the reputation of the parents because, in great measure, the behavior that can be observed in children is related to the type of upbringing they have received or are currently receiving. Wisdom, whose principle is the fear of God, is something quite rare in individuals, the basic reason is that offspring are not taught to show respect, reverence and obedience to God. The most recent psychological theories recommend that parents try to intervene as little as possible in the process of creation and strengthening of the personality of their children, presumably so the child does not suffer traumas that eventually may result in behavioral disorders. There is nothing more wrong than allowing a child to grow unchecked and according to his own nature because that nature, as in every human being, is sinful and evil. Children must be taught that there are limits and that certain behaviors are morally unacceptable.
Unfortunately, these modern psychological theories are gaining ground rapidly and its disastrous results are already becoming apparent in the trends of society. While it is true that in other periods of history disorder and lack of morals have proliferated, these misguided practices multiply stronger today with the purpose of disrupting the system and considering good as evil and evil as good. As parents we have a responsibility we can not evade. We will be accountable for what we do with the education and upbringing of our children when we appear before the tribunal of Christ. God grant us that we have been able to carry out this important aspect of our stewardship and can be proud and not ashamed before the Lord. To God alone be the glory!