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Search for heroes


Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
Proverbs 30:4

We all love heroes. Whether mythical heroes such as Gilgamesh, Hercules, Odysseus, Achilles, Perseus, Sir Galahad, Aeneas, Roland, El Cid, William Tell, Robin Hood, Batman, Superman or Rambo or historical such as King David, Samson, Leonidas, Charles Martell, William Wallace, Simon Bolivar, the Pola, Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi, Pancho Villa, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Jim Elliot we all feel admiration for these characters that have inspired many to carry out further acts of heroism or write narratives of courage in times of difficulty. At all times, different cultures have relied on these mythical and real stories to unite the crowds in search of an ideal. However, with all the appreciation we feel for these champions, none of them approaches, even remotely, the glory of the Creator of the universe and Author of salvation.

This does not mean we’re going to stop reading the books (or e-readers and tablets) or stop watching movies that show us the exploits of these champions. Nor does it mean that we will fail to be inspired with their stories. There is nothing wrong with cultivating good literature and knowledge. What we must not neglect is the daily search for wisdom, discernment and knowledge of the holy God. If we ask the questions that Agur, son of Jakeh asked and try to find the answer to them we will go on track to attain the wisdom that comes from above. Before the glory of God the exploits of the heroes mill take a distant second place. To God alone be the glory!

Eternity


But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.
Psalm 102:27

Since we are part of creation, us human beings are confined to time and space. Time is something we can not alter. We can not make it go faster or slower, ie we have no control or dominion over it. Nor can we escape from its influence. We are all subject to its passage and even though sometimes we would like to reverse what has already happened, we can not change things. Wise King Solomon said it this way: “What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.” [1] This time limitation is what makes it so hard for us to understand the concept of eternity. God is eternal because he is not subject to the passage of time. He exists outside the domain and the advance of time.

Given that God exists outside and above that domain, he can see perfectly what has already happened, all that is happening now and what will happen in the future. I imagine that God observes the creation in much the same way that we see a chronological representation of certain historical events. We can see what happened before the event and the event’s influence on following events. We can also see other events that occurred in parallel with the event in question and finally we see the precedents that led to the event under study. In front of our eyes would be the past, the present (when the event occurred) and the future, ie things that would happen later. Of course, this is just an illustration and in no way it is intended to be declared as a fact that this is the way God sees things. Nor can we know how it feels to not be under the constraints of the laws of time.

In any case, God is eternal. He has no beginning and no end. He has always existed and always will. He has all power and all the majesty over creation. Someday, I hope soon, the heavens shall pass away and we who have placed our trust in God we will see a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth have ceased to exist, just as the sea. All that remains is God and his promises, which never fail. Let us be amazed when we consider this particular attribute of God and let us rest in his power and eternity. Hopefully the time will come when we will be in his presence for ever and ever. To God alone be the glory!

[1] Ecclesiastes 1:15

Today’s word for May 20, 2011


An inheritance claimed too soon
will not be blessed at the end.
Proverbs 20:21

Everyone dreams ─or at least the thought has crossed his mind─ of someday hitting the lottery jackpot. For those of us who do not have to depend on chance since we know that our heavenly Father provides everything we need and a little more, this is just a fleeting idea like many other ideas that may cross our minds but to which we do not give any importance or dedicate any time or pay any attention. For others that are not so clear on how is it that God supplies all of our needs, the hopes of becoming a winner of first prize and after that living a carefree life becomes an obsession and over the years it turns into utopia. With the same intent of today’s verse, conventional wisdom says: “Easy comes, easy goes.” Yet, I do not think that hitting the jackpot is easy at all; but in any case, it is something that does not require much effort because it does not depend on our abilities or the sweat of our brow. On the other hand, I do not think that living a carefree life by winning the jackpot is a given since most of the testimony in this regard is that many winners run into more problems than they had before winning the prize and also many of them are left penniless shortly after receiving the award.

Why base our hope on a gamble that puts us at a distinct disadvantage considering that the odds of hitting the jackpot are 1 in tens of millions, that is, very small? Why ignore him who truly has the power to give you everything you need and more? Do not continue to believe in fairy tales. Whatever is done for greed is doomed to failure, not only physical but also spiritual failure. Put your eyes on the certainty of God’s power and not the whims of chance. Only Jesus Christ can make your life a success and the most important success that you can achieve is the salvation of your soul. Only to God be the glory!