Death and Destruction are never satisfied,
and neither are human eyes.
Man’s dissatisfaction ─man’s need to fill the void that only God can fill ─ manifests itself in various ways depending on what are the weak areas of a person’s character. Those who fall prey to the temptations of the world ─ fame, money and power ─ show weaknesses such as vanity, greed and ambition depending on what area they are losing ground to the world. Greed and its powerful element of the love of money is what has led multitudes to stray from the path of righteousness that God has prepared for all who hear his voice and follow him.
The philosophy of materialism and its ally, consumerism, have become an integral part of the lifestyle of many in the church and what to say about the rest of humanity who does not know Christ? The mantra of all these people is “You are what you own.” They do not realize that the more they have, the more they want to own. It’s like reaching the top of a mountain only to realize that there is another higher mountain to climb. The other aspect where the eyes of man are insatiable is curiosity. Curiosity by itself is not bad but when we allow it to lead us instead of us controlling it, it will take us to places where we have nothing to gain and much to lose.
Let us keep alert to the temptations of the world and let us not stop watching our own weaknesses. The strength and ability to resist come from God and if we only rely on our own strength our failure will be guaranteed. Let us seek to maintain as close as possible to the Lord and thus avoid deviating from the path of peace and justice that God prepared for us before the creation of the universe. Only in Him we have the victory. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged Christianity, death, destruction, eyes, God, Jesus, life, love, Proverbs 27, righteousness, satisfaction, wisdom
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
It is no secret that the world is facing an economic crisis of such magnitude not seen since the decade of the 20s of the last century, that is, almost one hundred years ago. Not only individuals have been affected by the financial meltdown, entire countries are in serious trouble today and they have not been able to recover from the economic quagmire in which they have sunk. We have the examples of Greece, Spain and Portugal, to name a few economies that in the recent past looked with some strength and are now on the verge of default. Latin American economies have seen an improvement in the last two years with the notable exception of Venezuela, but in any case, apart from Brazil, this growth does not look sustainable in the medium and long term. Even economies that were rapidly growing such as the case of China are suffering some effects of slowing down. In the U.S., the unemployment situation has not been resolved despite strong capital injections by the government in order to revive the economy. Even the rich are worried because many of them have seen their fortunes reduced by the effect of falling financial markets.
The things that are happening are signs that the end is approaching. For those who live depending on the riches they have accumulated this is a worrying situation. For those who have placed their trust in God and depend only on him, the current financial crisis is just a sneeze of the many that the world has experienced since its inception. How does the current crisis affect you? Are you at risk of a financial disaster or are you sure the Lord will watch over you and provide everything you and your family need? Do not put your trust in riches because they are unreliable. Your hope must be based on the power of God and the love he has shown you. Seek his guidance and consult with him before making any decision that may have an impact on your financial stability. He will give you the best guidance available. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged Christianity, death, deliverance, faith, God, hope, Jesus, love, Proverbs 11, righteousness, trust, wealth, wisdom, worthless, wrath
They are like sheep and are destined to die;
death will be their shepherd
The sheep mentioned in this psalm are not the same sheep that we usually remember from some well known passages of the Word of God. For example, referring to Jesus we are told that “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” And of the children of God the word says: “Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” These would be the good sheep. But the sheep mentioned in Psalm 49 were destined for death because their heart was always ruled by pride and haughtiness. Today, these sheep accumulate wealth and possessions and they are convinced that money is going to protect them from death. They rely only on themselves and their wealth; they boast of their many possessions. They appear to be happy and they continually receive praise for their achievements but this will serve for nothing when death knocks on their door.
The word of God is very insistent that we should not depend on wealth and possessions. We brought nothing into the world and nothing we will take with us when we leave. Our strength is the Lord and not the number of digits on our bank account balance. Let’s not put our eyes on money or we will end up falling in love with it and we know that the love of money is the root of all evil. Let us seek to depend on God for everything, both in complex and in simple things. Relying on God will give us the peace and quiet we need. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged Christianity, death, destiny, God, justice, Psalms, riches, sheep, shepherd, wealth, wisdom
If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?
Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
Sometimes the plan of God is manifested at the national level and corrective disciplines and trials to correct deviations cover several generations of the same people. The people of Israel, the apple of the eyes of God, have been through this situation many times. Also the church of Christ, his bride, has had to deal with situations of persecution or rejection by powerful groups that make things more difficult for the faithful. Some people want to discredit the Judeo-Christian God accusing him of being cruel and a chastiser. When attempting to describe God, they speak only of the aspect of justice which requires that sin be dealt with discipline. They forget that every action brings its consequences, both good and bad. They forget also that along with justice there is the other side to the coin which is love and that God has kept alive an entire nation that has been scattered across the world much of its existence. Empires, peoples and civilizations have disappeared completely from the face of the earth but the people of Israel have remained. God’s church has also been attacked from within and from outside by many opponents and yet it has remained standing through the centuries.
Today, some nations that once were thriving are on their way to oblivion because of the widespread presence of various pests such as authoritarianism, communism, idolatry and corruption. Many will blame God for what is happening to these people, but the truth is that, in fairness, the faults committed by them collectively as a nation have brought disastrous consequences for themselves. The kingdom of God has nothing to do with the kingdom of darkness and the different states of the world, democracies, monarchies and dictatorships; they all belong to the world system that by definition precludes the establishment of the kingdom of God, even when they have taken this purpose as a flag to justify their outrages and abuses. Take away your eyes from the world and its corruption and raise your gaze upon Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords, the only one where justice and love come together and are integrated to bring real life, liberty, security and eternal welfare to all who believe in him. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged death, discipline, God, hope, Jesus, justice, life, love, Psalms, salvation, sin, trials
Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
God’s law given to Moses had and still has, for those who want to adhere to it, the purpose of guiding us to Christ. However, many have sought justification through the law without realizing the impossibility of meeting all its requirements. Those who did so realized they were enslaved by it but could not find another way to achieve justification. Even then, they remained clinging to it trying to achieve the impossible. Many still do not know that there is a better way, indeed the only possible way, which is by faith in the redemptive work of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. We note that the law itself is not bad. What we are saying is that the law does not justify or save us. Its validity still remains and we must adjust to it in spirit given that our sinful nature will not do it. The apostle Paul said to the Roman believers: “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Abiding the law keeps his life and, more importantly, pleases God. Whoever ignores its precepts is defeated by sin and we know that “the wages of sin is death” so he or she “falls short of the glory of God.” Let us walk, then, according to God’s Spirit and not according to the sinful nature that dominates our body. Only a mind controlled by the Holy Spirit of God can resist and overcome the evil influences of the flesh. To God alone be the glory!