The greedy stir up conflict,
but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.
Greed is extremely dangerous. Misused ambition leads many to foment violence and chaos. Those who understand their passions and have the wisdom to control what their sinful nature demands of them can channel their ambition for private gain without affecting others. History is filled with greedy characters who led the world into bloody and fratricidal wars with consequences that are still present even centuries later. Ambition is a powerful force that ends up controlling whom has it. Its effects on those around us are staggering because greed cuts off compassion. He who puts his trust in the Lord, on the contrary does not let his passions lead him and makes every effort not to harm his neighbor, and God prospers him accordingly.
What kind of life we are living? What are our priorities? What value do we place the needs of those around us? What do we feel towards them? Pity? Contempt? What are the motives that impel us to move forward in whatever our path? Somewhere along this path we trod we must pause to look at the road map and the compass to verify that we are moving in the right direction. When was the last time you checked your course? In the word of God we can find all the direction we need to progress in our journey to the eternal presence of God. Consult this road map and this compass frequently. To God alone be the glory!
It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
We can find in the word of God many expressions that compare our daily lives with a continuous war. Certainly we are involved day by day in adverse situations that are the result of attacks by some of our enemies, including our own flesh or sinful nature. Our families are under heavy artillery fire whose sole purpose is to divide us and make us fight against each other. We are in a field of a battle that fortunately belongs to the Lord and by definition the war is already won. But even though our enemies have been defeated they will not acknowledge it and they will continue attacking all those who are on the Lord’s side as long as God permits. Many may wonder why the Lord does not put an end to this long conflict that has affected humanity since the time of our first fathers. Both the duration and troop involvement in the conflict are part of God’s perfect plan and hostilities will end only when God is satisfied that his plan has been carried out and his goals have been achieved. Meanwhile, as soldiers in this fight, the Lord prepares us and empowers us so we can struggle and emerge unscathed from the encounter.
Among many other things that God confers us to go into battle with are: strength, security, swiftness, steadfastness training, and power as King David says in this portion of Psalm 18. All these features allow us to address the conflict with a reassuring sense of confidence, not based on our own strength but based on the strength that comes from God. If we know that we have these skills and we apply them in the battlefield, our spiritual progress will be solid and permanent as that of seasoned warriors. Thank God that the battle belongs to him and we are part of the victorious army. Thank God that He enables us so we can prevail over the many conflicts in which we will be involved on a daily basis until the Lord announces with the hammered silver trumpets that the final victory has been achieved. Only to God be the glory!
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