Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
Some children of God would like not to have to struggle to get their livelihood. They want to live an easy and comfortable life where everything is at hand and nothing is missing, yet without much effort. Some echo the character of a Dominican Republic merengue song known as Negrito del Batey who said that work was God’s punishment and based on this position of laziness and leisure he refused to even make the attempt to make a living by the sweat of his brow. It is true that sometimes that we need to take a long break to allow us to regain strength and enjoy a time without cares, free of activity, but this only temporarily. Then we could repeat after the Italian people: Dolce far niente. It is sweet to do nothing. The message that God sends us through His word in no way promotes leisure but rather exhorts us to dedicate ourselves with joy to the work God has given us, so through the usufruct of our labor we can satisfy our needs and maybe a few desires . Trusting in riches is characteristic of a fool because they can not bail us out or insure our happiness.
Moreover, we know that the love of money is the root of all evil and that many have died for not realizing the path of death they were following when looking for money at the expense of their lives and that of their loved ones. Let us run with patience the race that lies ahead and let us not worry about the riches but to fulfill the activities that will enable us to achieve them through honest and measured work . God always blesses him who is obedient. Let us obey his instructions and trust in his power and he will bestow all the blessings he has in store for us his children. There is great satisfaction in providing for one’s family in obedience to the commands of the Lord. As important as the “what” is the “how.” Do not neglect these biblical principles and you have the satisfaction of doing things that please God. Only to God be the glory!
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The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews tells us: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Although we can not see God, we know that he exists and that he is aware and watchful of all those who have accepted His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. Just as we know that he exists we are sure that his eyes are constantly upon us to protect us from the attacks of our enemies. Some believe that God exists, and that after creating the universe he devoted to other things and he no longer was interested or wanted to have anything to do with what happens in this world. This is just a way of approaching atheism without leaving all of theism.. It’s a kind of middle ground that is neither hot nor cold but lukewarm. Either you believe in God and everything he represents and everything he claims to be and be able to do or you do not believe in him at all. God can not be heedless of his creation. It was for the sake of all mankind that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to take upon his shoulders the death sentence that we deserved as sinners.
In the same way we believe in the existence of God we are convinced that God is opposed to evil and injustice. All those who have made his life a source of evil, a shedding of innocent blood and an abuse of power are under the cross hairs of God’s sight. Judgement, punishment and painful retribution for all their wrongdoing are the things that God has in store for them. It is likely that at this time you are being subjected to persecution or injustice. It is very likely that you think that God is taking too long to respond or has completely abandoned you. Those are the lies that the enemy loves to use to make our life impossible. Remember what God’s word says and continue to put your hope in the Almighty and in his powerful name. To God alone be the glory!