our oxen will draw heavy loads.
There will be no breaching of walls,
no going into captivity,
no cry of distress in our streets.
Peace and Prosperity. The dream and goal of many people. People who have achieved these goals have realized that they must work very hard to get them. They also know that as much or more effort is required to keep what has been achieved. Great leaders have led nations through wars and catastrophes and have left their names engraved in history but the peace and prosperity for which they fought so hard, most likely will be long gone. All the nations have poor memory and soon forget that human plans can only achieve ephemeral successes and that nothing is safe if it does not come from God. Some leaders have tried to make his followers believe that their plans are a reflection of God’s plans and the people have swallowed this lie hook, line and sinker.
Which one of today’s leaders can say with David, “Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”? Can you imagine any of them publicly expressing their trust in God with sincerity and confidence? I fear that secularism has gained valuable ground from faith in this area . The portion of the word we have placed at the beginning of this reflection is followed by this other portion: “Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the LORD.” A nation can not obtain and maintain economic success and peace unless it has the support of God and God’s support does not come by decree. God’s support is only available to those who have made the decision to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and not in the steps the world. May God raise leaders who can govern with wisdom until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords. To God alone be the glory!
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
Just as it looks like that it’s the sun that revolves around the earth when the reality is quite the opposite, so it seems that when we sin and make mistakes, God turns his back on us. The reality is that when we sin, it is us who turn our backs on him. We sin because we disobey his commandments, or because we feel that certain aspects of our life do not need to be managed in accordance with the principles established by God. We sin because we place ourselves (or think we can place ourselves) above God. And when we sin we turn our backs to God to follow our own paths and make our own decisions without the participation of the loving guidance of our heavenly Father. With arrogance but also with shame we turn our faces away to avoid being confronted by the truth and justice emanating from the presence of God. Later, when things go wrong, we refuse to accept our responsibility for having failed and often we blame God for what is happening to us without understanding that everything is the result of our disobedience.
Since it was not God who has turned his back on us it is our responsibility to turn our face towards God so we can renew our relationship with him. He is always there. He has never left us. It is us who have separated from him and it is us who must seek and appeal for the mercy of God and through the merits of our Lord Jesus entreat God not to take into account our wrongdoing. Are you in affliction, trouble, anguish,distress or hardship? Have you considered that what is happening to you is most likely a result of your disobedience and distancing from God? The answer is in your hand. Turn to the Lord your God with a repentant heart and seek His forgiveness for all your faults. Then do not turn your face from the glorious presence of God and you will enjoy a relationship that will remain steadfast amid the most violent storm. To God alone be the glory!
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Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them;
he rescued them from the grave.
Something that the word of God often mentions is that God listens to his children and that He talks to them as well. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews says, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” The real needs of man were met by the definitive response of the presence of God among us: Emanuel. Not only He dwelt among us, “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” said the apostle John, adding: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Why so many people wander trying to find the right direction for their lives? Three powerful enemies stand in the way of he who strives towards establishing a strong personal relationship with the Creator: Satan the enemy and destroyer, the flesh with its passions and excesses and finally the world with its false and misleading advertising.
If we walk with caution and remain alert to the dangerous situations in which any of these three enemies, alone or in collusion, could take advantage of us to make us fall, with God’s help we can move forward without encountering major obstacles in the path of a close and revitalizing relationship with our Father. With our eyes focused on our goal, with the help of the mighty hand of God and with much determination and courage, let us march toward that moment “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” For this we have been redeemed by Christ. To God alone be the glory!
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