Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
Some trails are wide and spacious and some are narrow and difficult. Some trails are flat and some are very steep. There are straight roads and also extremely tortuous roads. Some paths are full of shadows and others are clear and illuminated. There are dry roads and muddy paths. There are slippery trails and there are also firm trails. There are flat roads and rough roads. There are trails that lead us to the heights and paths that can lead us straight into the abyss. There are trails that are perennial and there are others that eventually disappear. Finally, there are many kinds of ways that most of us have travelled, must travel or will travel throughout our lives. So,what makes the traveler progress and feel serene regardless of the different circumstances of the terrain?And why many, though they have to move through paths full of obstacles and difficulties, feel safe and confident that the road, be it harsh or pleasant, will lead them to a good destination?
The difference, my dear friend, is who accompanies him on his journey. Who have you looked for to help you move smoothly, regardless of the vicissitudes of life? There is only one partner who can guarantee peace and joy and progress towards the ultimate and safe destination and he is the Lord Jesus Christ. In his hand, we need not fear because he is responsible for removing any obstacle that stands in our way and will allow us free rein to the presence of the Almighty. Take care, therefore, to be accompanied by the only person who can give assurance to successfully complete our journey regardless of the path we have to go through. Look to Christ and take his hand. To God alone be the glory!
May the table set before them become a snare;
may it become retribution and a trap.
May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.
There are a lot of things the wicked use to boast of being superior to the children of God. According to them these things are all signs of the success they have achieved on their own without the help of God. They rely on their wealth, strength, health, physical condition, knowledge, ability to do business, their vain reasoning, their ability to deceive others and many other things like these that they believe are the key to their success. These skills are used indiscriminately and mercilessly against the humble and the needy to exploit and abuse them. Therefore it seems that justice can hardly be found.
Sooner or later all these evil men will be held accountable for their actions and then there will be gnashing of teeth. The desperation and urgency of the oppressed is what makes seeing that justice is a long time coming. There may be some delay ─in appearance─ but it is also true that inevitably justice will arrive to give the reward to those who have acted unfairly for personal profit at the expense of the weak. We must take refuge under the protection of God. The world with its injustices will continue until the Lord gives the order to stop everything and start conducting the trial. Meanwhile, we move on with the living hope of that moment when all our troubles will disappear, never to return. Then, in his glorious presence we shall never remember the injustices we suffered because at that time they will not be important anymore. To God alone be the glory!
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
Understanding what it means to walk in the dark may be something difficult to grasp for those who are accustomed to the ubiquity of public lighting in streets and avenues and who also have easy access to the power distribution network to receive the energy necessary to light their homes and workplaces. Until the late nineteenth century, people depended on torches, candles and oil lamps to light streets and homes. Perhaps some have had the opportunity to camp in a forest on vacation and know what lightning with a kerosene or propane gas lamp looks like. Compared to electric lighting, these lamps do not provide much illumination but they are certainly better than nothing. Lightning is a matter of personal safety. A threat or an obstacle that can not be detected in time implies a high risk or an accident for sure. Even if we know where we are going, if we can not see the road it will be very difficult to reach our destination. In any case, there is nothing like having some light to avoid having to walk in total darkness.
God tells us that his word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. If we, who have the precious word of God and the benefits of being sons of God, sometimes stumble and fall; Can you imagine what life is like for those who do not know even one letter of the powerful word of God? Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world “to free from prison those who sit in darkness.” He said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Let us make sure, therefore, by our witness and our reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of those who until now have been blind, that those who today are in darkness will to get to know the true light that enlightens every man. Let us not forget that we also were called out of darkness into the marvelous light of God. To God alone be the glory!
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Our hearts had not turned back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
you covered us over with deep darkness.
Despite the profound failure and scandal caused in the past three decades by the hucksters of the theology of prosperity, there are still some traffickers of false doctrines out there that, acting very underhanded but with full freedom, are marketing their empty promises and are playing on the needs and the hope of naive believers. Soon after the mega-scandal and damage to the evangelical movement under which these con men of faith sought shelter was forgotten, controversies reappeared and powerful ministries fell by the collapse of their feet of mud. Greed has replaced humility and self-control, components of the fruit of the Spirit, which every child of God should show. In return for the offerings of the gullible audience of their message, they offer with blatant deception promises of well-being, success, wealth and the happiness allegedly associated with the three previous conditions.
While God has granted financial blessings to some of His children, it does not mean that everyone will get them. The happiness of a Christian, despite the false teachings in this regard, is not dependent on the possessions or the treasures he has managed to accumulate. Remember the warning that our Lord Jesus Christ left: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” The wise King Solomon said something similar when he mentioned that there is “a time to keep and a time to throw away.” The happiness of a child of God depends on the relationship he keeps with our heavenly Father and not on the circumstances around him. Let us ask, then, wisdom from above to discern the false messages with which the merchants of false promises bombard us every day. Seek only the will of God and everything else will be added. To God alone be the glory!