He divided the sea and led them through;
he made the water stand up like a wall.
He guided them with the cloud by day
and with light from the fire all night.
He split the rocks in the wilderness
and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
he brought streams out of a rocky crag
and made water flow down like rivers.
It’s amazing how God’s grace was present over all of the people of Israel before Moses received the law from God’s hands. The foolish and ungrateful people did not quite understand the wonderful liberation they had obtained through God’s miraculous intervention in Egyptian affairs. They had not done anything particularly meaningful to earn the privilege of being guided by day with a pillar of cloud and by night with a pillar of fire. When they had to face the formidable obstacle of the Red Sea and saw that the Egyptians were close behind them, they let themselves be overwhelmed by fear and ended up complaining and protesting against Moses for having freed them from slavery. They did not deserve to have the sea divided to allow them free passage to freedom. Still, God showed his grace to this rebellious people.
Later, when they came to Rephidim, the Jews began to complain that the territory had no water for them and their beasts to quench their thirst. On the instructions of God, Moses along with some elders of Israel advanced to an even drier and more desolate place: Mount Horeb. Here the Lord again showed His grace to a discontented and murmuring people by producing water from a barren rock. The people who left Egypt and their descendants could never understand the grace of God and because of it they rejected grace and God had to assign a guide to lead them to Christ. It was not until Christ revealed to the world that they were able to leave the imprisonment that the law meant.
Today there are many people who do not understand the concept of grace and take refuge in the law or in a personal kind of legalism which keeps them tied up and paralyzed in their progress towards spiritual maturity in Christ. Like the foolish Galatians, after beginning by means of the Spirit, they are now trying to finish by means of the flesh. Let us fix our eyes on our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s seek support on his grace and mercy. Let us be embraced by his love so we can be set free from the slavery we find ourselves into when we believe that justice can be achieved through the works of the law. To God alone be the glory!
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My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
There are people who spend a lifetime trying to achieve something that is completely out of their reach. Some of these unattainable goals are justifiable, for example, homeownership. Other goals are mere wishes and whims that, not being obtained, end up becoming an obsession which with time could turn into psychosis. The mind of the vast majority of people is controlled by personal ambitions and, in their efforts to achieve what they have imagined they can obtain, they end up reasoning that the end justifies the means and thus are capable of doing anything is to meet their wishes. Few indeed are those who wish to have sound judgment and discretion. Very few people are aware of the benefits of acting at all times according to reason and moderation.
These rare virtues are, as the word of God says, a source of life. A person with good sense rarely acts in ways that put his life at grave risk. He will reason and analyze the different courses of action available to him and will choose the one that is most convenient and beneficial, both for him and others. His good name will be preceding him everywhere he goes and it will open doors that are normally completely shut to those who act recklessly. His analytical capabilities will allow him to be aware, well in advance, of the obstacles that lie ahead on the road and they will also allow him to determine preventive and corrective actions to overcome these obstacles without much effort. He will be able to control and minimize the human propensity to make mistakes by means of a reasoned analysis of the pros and cons of possible courses of action, in light of what he has learned from the word of God.
Are you aware of the many benefits it brings to act with wisdom and discretion? Would you like to have these profitable virtues? Only God can give you the true wisdom that allows you to act sensibly and prudently at all times and under all circumstances. James, the brother of the Lord Jesus said “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” So ask! To God alone be the glory!
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