My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
you have been trapped by what you said,
ensnared by the words of your mouth.
So do this, my son, to free yourself,
since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
It is common practice in the world of banking that when an individual or institution does not meet the minimum criteria required to be worthy of a loan, it is accepted that other person or institution with better credentials act as guarantor for the first one. This happens quite often during the early years of marriage, when parents sometimes must act as guarantors for their children because they still lack the necessary credit merits to receive a loan from a financial institution. One thing is to come out in support of a close relative and another is to commit to pay a debt of a third-party that fails in its obligations. The word of God is very clear about it. He who does this immediately becomes a victim trapped by the snares of the hunter. Maybe you decided to be a guarantor out of a good heart but be aware that we have a duty to God and to our family of wisely managing our family financial resources with which God has blessed us. Good credit is a powerful financial resource and to use it without a sound understanding of the consequences is simply poor financial stewardship.
Avoid, therefore, to commit yourself to respond for the debts that others cannot pay and if by chance you find yourself in that situation do everything necessary to break that foolish commitment because to do otherwise will lead you to ruin and financial bondage. Do not let time pass or it will be harder for you to get out of the problem. Act diligently and immediately get rid of that unnecessary responsibility. Pay attention to the advice that the word of God gives. You’ll be wiser and it will keep you out of trouble. Only to God be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged Christianity, free, God, hand, mouth, neighbor, pledge, security, snare, stranger, trap
“If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”
There are people who get into trouble very easily without realizing what they are doing. All starts as a game, as a joke, a prank, but then they do not know where to stop and end up creating an argument from which they cannot get away easily. These are foolish and ignorant people who never stop to measure the consequences of their actions and to make matters worse, they are always blaming others for what happens to them. Everything begins as an “innocent” game that ends in disturbed relationships and even hatred that never heals. His actions are devoid of the slightest trace of love because they can care less of what others may feel.
Want to live in peace and free of misunderstandings? Restrain your tongue. Do you want to restore calm and keep your relationships free of disputes and discussions? Think about what you are going to say before opening your mouth. People are complex beings and very unpredictable, so you will never know with certainty how the other person will react to your jokes. Do not try to have the last word because it will lead to conflict and dissatisfaction. May there always be on your lips a word of encouragement and edification and may your life be peaceful and just at all times. That’s what I wish for you. To God alone be the glory!
Your arm is endowed with power;
your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.
One of the biggest obstacles that keep us from walking close to God is our short attention span. The attention span of a person is the ability that someone has to keep his concentration on one task or stimulus, without being distracted by other people or things in their environment. According to studies conducted by psychologists the ability to focus on a target is necessary for learning and for successfully completing any project. We joke about the very short attention span of a child or a dog without realizing that we also have serious limitations in this respect. The world constantly bombards us with many messages and almost all of them are successful in diverting our attention from where it should be focused, which is pleasing our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. In a world where the use of mass media is intensifying every day is easy to lose focus on the things of God. The number of things that are competing to capture our attention, even for brief moments, it’s phenomenal. For the advertising folks is not so important how long they can grasp our concentration as long as they can secure it repeatedly throughout the day. Not surprisingly then, the indiscriminate bombardment of messages we receive minute by minute of our existence.
The solution is not that we move to the opposite end of the pendulum and we spend all day reading the word, in prayer and fasting. The extremes can never be good. We must strike a balance between the attention we devote to the things that keep us connected to God, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and our daily activities related to our work and family environments. However, the fact that we spend most of our attention and time on activities that are not spiritual does not mean we should not take every thought captive to Christ because everything we say, think and do must be related to our obedience to God. Let God be the center of our life in action and thought to keep us in a constant attitude of praise to his name regardless of what activity we are doing. Never lose sight of the purpose for which we were created, the glory of God. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged arm, Christianity, exalted, God, hand, hope, Jesus, justice, life, love, obedience, power, Psalms, right hand, righteousness, strenght, wisdom
So he swore to them with uplifted hand
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
make their descendants fall among the nations
and scatter them throughout the lands.
One of the most striking examples of disobedience and ingratitude that I am aware of is the attitude shown by the people of Israel after they escaped, with the help and protection of God, from the slavery Pharaoh imposed on them. Once the painful burden of the activity required to make the huge amount of bricks needed to meet the aggressive construction plans of the king was removed from their shoulders, they were not able to understand or handle the freedom that God had provided. After four centuries of servitude, the transition to liberty was too hard to assimilate and they were struck by confusion. The consequences were severe. All that generation that left Egypt was buried in the wilderness and none of them managed to set foot on the land God had promised, and not because God had broken his promise, but because of their disobedience and contempt for God’s instructions, attitude that brought disgrace to their lives. Today we see many who behave in the same way these unfortunates did when they rejected God’s blessings.
Are you wishing to return to the state where you were before knowing the Lord Jesus? Is your life full of ingratitude and complaints against him who has given you everything you are, you do and you have? Have you raised dumb idols to honor and devote all your attention to them? ¿Do you underestimate the wonderful plan God has prepared for you? Do you complain constantly about everything and for nothing? We must be careful not to become obstacles to the fulfillment of God’s plan. If we stand in the path of God’s purposes we will be hit with the force of a heavy locomotive at full speed. Let us be grateful and obedient to God all the time and in every occasion. This attitude will be of great benefit to us, both materially and spiritually. To God alone be the glory!
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