The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and whoever protects their master will be honored.
The word of God is very clear when addressing a subject, therefore it should not be a surprise the accuracy and simplicity with which it addresses the most important issues of our lives. Two of these issues are work and stewardship. In these two subjects the word of God establishes and reinforces the concepts that should guide the life of God’s children. Work and stewardship are functions assigned to man from the very beginning of the existence of the human race. Our father Adam was assigned various tasks by the Lord in the garden of Eden so that he was not idle. Man was given the task of dominating the earth and multiply himself to put it into submission. God also placed man in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Additionally, Adam was in charge of naming all the animals that God had created. Regarding stewardship it is clear that the task of cultivating and keeping the garden refers to this aspect. Even after Adam’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden he was in charge of working the ground from which he had been taken.
Our Lord Jesus Christ made reference to these two issues very strongly by means of the parables he used to teach people about the kingdom of God. Among these parables we can refer to the parable of the gold coins and the parable of the wicked tenants. In both parables Jesus spoke of the importance of stewardship and work. The apostle Paul also commented at length the issue urging everyone to work, not to be idle and to be always expectant and in readiness for the return of the Lord. Let us not ignore, then, in view of these teachings and exhortations to live a holy life dedicated to the tasks the Lord has entrusted to us. In due time the Lord will reward us with honor for the loyalty and commitment we have shown in carrying out the works which he prepared from before the foundation of the world for us to do. Only to God be the glory!
For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Oftentimes our heavenly Father protects us by blocking physical and personal attacks that the enemy of our souls constantly hurls at us. Other times, he grants us wisdom, knowledge and understanding so we can realize the dangers that beset us in our journey through this world. That wisdom, that knowledge and understanding are not things that can be achieved through academic studies. Rather, they are gifts that are received as part of the training that God provides to those who are sincerely committed to carrying out the plans God has for them. This requires walking in constant communication with God and we can only do this by approaching him through the daily and constant reading of his Word and through the conversation we establish with him every time we pray. To say we love God and not to be attentive to and willing to obey his instructions is deceiving ourselves and there is no better definition of a fool than he who is self-deceived.
Let us maintain ourselves forever in the path of justice, integrity, good conduct and faithfulness to God. When our Father sees that we are sincerely committed to the coming and the establishment of his kingdom, he will enable us so we can become useful tools in their hands. Remember at all times that the focus should be on him and not on us. So let us not put so much emphasis on the problems we face and let’s turn our eyes to the One who has the solution in his hands. Let us direct, therefore, the batteries toward the fulfillment of God’s perfect will in our lives. With the help of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Spirit success will come easily. To God alone be the glory!
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Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Human justice, like all things related to the nature of man is imperfect. Even when intentions are good and honest, human justice is limited by poorly written laws or legal absurdities, or simply by laws whose validity is limited to their historical context. Additionally we have the presence of corruption. This is not something limited to any one culture or country in particular but it is something that occurs all over the world. Where there is man there will be corruption. We all know one or more instances in which the courts have acted with complete disregard for justice and law. Decisions influenced by political motives are a sore spot in the history of countries dominated by totalitarianism and these outrageous decisions may even occur in countries with a longstanding democratic culture. Knowing these major weaknesses of the judicial system established by man can we trust that we will receive justice when we go to it?
The only real justice is the justice of God. God’s justice is perfect because God is perfect. Although we do not see a system of checks and balances, jurors, prosecutors, lawyers and judges, divine justice progresses inexorably to put everything in its proper place. Its foundation is wisdom. Its principles are simple and its decisions are brilliant. Its sentences are immaculate and its jurisprudence is eternal. Every time we feel our rights have been violated we can go with confidence to God and cry out for justice. But be careful that you’re walking in integrity so that you are protected by your righteousness. Otherwise, divine justice will bring upon you the actual consequences of the bad actions that you have not confessed to God or have not yet felt remorse for. We can not completely trust the institutions established by man but we can rest with confidence in the justice of God, which will soon be applied to those who enjoy evildoing and have made of it a lifestyle. To God alone be the glory!