He let loose the east wind from the heavens
and by his power made the south wind blow.
He rained meat down on them like dust,
birds like sand on the seashore.
He made them come down inside their camp,
all around their tents.
Have you ever been trapped in a dust storm? Let me tell you that it is something unbelievable and suffocating. The air becomes unbreathable and visibility is virtually reduced to zero. The color of the sky turns red or ocher, a layer of sand is spread over every surface and there is no way to determine when the weather phenomenon will come to an end. Now imagine the same storm but this time instead of dust what falls to the ground are birds, not any kind of birds but tasty quail. Imagine also that the quail layer covering the surface has a thickness of about one meter (three feet), ie we would be flooded almost to the waist by a sea of birds. I am sure that if you find you in a similar situation the first thing that would cross your mind would be Gee, what good opportunity to stock up my kitchen with meat! And at no cost! I am also sure that you would not go long without starting to collect as much as possible of the feathered booty.
The scene described above came to pass to Israel when they were in the desert after having escaped miraculously and spectacularly from the clutches of the Egyptians. But what happened was not a fluke. There was a compelling reason in that the people complained bitterly that they had no meat to eat. So annoying was the complaint that a point was reached where Moses, the visible leader of this great escape asked God to take his life. God responded by sending them plenty of meat which the Israelites gathered eagerly to later receive a strong discipline from the Lord as a consequence of the greed of the rebel nation. Let’s be careful of what we wish and never complain about anything that we believe we need. If what we believe we need is really necessary, God will provide in abundance according to his grace and mercy. If what we think we need is just a trivial wish we could be exposed to a severe discipline from the Lord. Let us learn to live with contentment so we do not fall into the trap of consumerism and excess. To God alone be the glory!
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”
Power is one of the hardest things to handle for anyone. We’re not talking about the enjoyment of the privileges that power comes with but of the inseparable responsibility associated with it. Pride and arrogance, always present in corrupt human nature are fed by power at the expense of conscience and the necessary and important responsibility that must accompany power is violently overwhelmed. That is why we often see how many political leaders start their mandates as humble lambs and soon become intolerable egotistical maniacs whose arrogance makes them feel they are superior to God and therefore they do not need to seek his guidance and protection. In this process of metamorphosis from sweet sheep to ruthless wolf all those who only seek to profit get involved in a special way. They feed with flattery and insincere praise the indomitable and monstrous ego of their leaders.
We must be very careful when we have been commissioned to carry out activities for which we have been invested with power. Do not forget the famous Dictum of Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Let’s seek always to exercise the kind of leadership that Jesus taught us, leadership based on service to others. His words were: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” With this correct attitude we will be serving both God and our neighbor. Only to God be the glory!
Yet he gave a command to the skies above
and opened the doors of the heavens;
he rained down manna for the people to eat,
he gave them the grain of heaven.
Human beings ate the bread of angels;
he sent them all the food they could eat.
This passage is a great example of the grace of God. It had been recently that the Jewish people had been freed from the brutal slavery to which they were submitted by the Egyptians and not much time had passed since they were witnesses of the great wonders that God made for their freedom and to make way to put them out of the reach of their persecutors. Apart from being God’s chosen people, did they have something special to make them worthy of the privileged treatment that God was giving them? In any case, if anything was clear about this people is that they failed to comply with the covenant God had established with them. To start, they set themselves aside from the teachings received from God himself. Then they forgot about the great wonders that God did for them to get them out of Egypt and finally, they rebelled against the authority of God, casting doubts about his power and testing his ability to provide and protect.
We have also been recipients of God’s wonderful grace and like the Jewish people who made it out of Egypt, we often forget the great things that God has done for us. Building on the popular saying of “the squeaky wheel gets the grease,” we spend our lives complaining about everything until we make a habit of complaining and we become boring and unbearable because of the many lamentations and complaints coming out of our mouth. When grumbling wants to take control of your life remember the many wonders that God has done for you. I’m sure you’ll have more things to be thankful to God that situations for which to be bitter and pessimistic. God will never abandon you and his grace is incomparable. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged angels, bread, command, doors, grain, heavens, manna, provision, Psalms, rain, skies
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!
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!
I will maintain my love to him forever,
and my covenant with him will never fail.
I will establish his line forever,
his throne as long as the heavens endure.
In reality, only God can give us strong and immovable guarantees when he establishes a covenant with us, his children, his ultimate creation. Given our weak sinful nature, we can make great efforts to comply with the terms of the pact but it is most likely that we will end up breaking one or more of the clauses of the agreement. This is because our carnal nature makes us put our trust in our own strength, which is not much of a warranty by itself, rather than on God’s strength who is the only one who can transform our minds to enable us to be better adhered to the covenant.
Moreover, the fact remains that God can not deny himself. His promises are firm because he would cease to be God if he were to break them. And to put the stamp of quality and absolute guarantee on top of the deal, we have that God’s love is constant. God’s love never fails, the love of God does not change. The love of God, amply demonstrated by the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Mount Calvary, will always be present to make all things work for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose . Given these strong assurance that God will fulfill his part of the deal, let’s support ourselves on his strength to meet our part of the deal: to do justice, to show mercy and to be humble. In other words, to love our neighbor as ourselves.To God alone be the glory!
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
The French philosopher Voltaire when asked about his position in regards to the existence of God said: “The universe disconcerts me and I can not imagine that this watch exists without a watchmaker.” This statement becomes more valuable when we understand that Voltaire was not a person that we would call a “believer” in the strict sense of the word. The attacks on schools of thought and all those who believe that God exists have increased since the atheist activists began to rely on the doctrines of Positivism and Postmodernism. Atheist activism has reached the point of hiring advertising space on billboards and on the sides of buses to present their arguments to the common people and win adherents. They are truly engaged in a propaganda campaign. Do they think that if they become a majority they will be able to demonstrate that God does not exist? It’s hard to know which arguments are hiding behind their communication strategies. The truth is that years of scientific advances have failed to prove any of their wild theories about life or the origin of man or the origin of the universe.
Clearly it is impossible for a marvelous and disconcerting structure as the universe to have arisen from nothing without the intervention of a Supreme Being who ordered its creation. It is even more impossible that the miracle of life has occurred without the direct and exclusive order of the Creator. No wonder Voltaire was baffled. Although by definition atheists do not believe in any kind of god, they have a god called chance. Pride prevents them from recognizing that they are wrong in their fanciful theories about life and the universe. They stubbornly continue to insist that everything is due to chance but do not explain how. The word of God tells us that the universe and life were created by God. It also tells us that God made all things with wisdom, intelligence and knowledge. I do not think that chance has any of these capabilities. Let us rejoice in the creation and most importantly, let us rejoice in the Creator because that’s why we were created for. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Almighty, Christianity, creation, Creator, earth, faith, God, heavens, hope, Jesus, knowledge, life, love, Proverbs 3, spirituality, truth, understanding, wisdom
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
you founded the world and all that is in it.
You created the north and the south;
Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
The progressive scientific community continues to put forward new ideas that despite how new and seemingly rational they may look, are just ideas that are part of a plan to confirm the origin of the universe without God’s involvement. Decades of study by thousands of scientists at an extravagant cost have failed to find support and confirmation of their quaint and colorful theories. Take for example the Large Hadron Collider, also known as LHC for short. To date, more than $6.6 billion (about €4.0 billion) have been spent in the construction and startup of this gigantic sub-atomic particle accelerator. With this amount of money they could run the government of some countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala or Panama for a whole year. To date, having come into operation by mid-2008, no confirmatory results of its main experiment: the search for the Higgs boson particle, also called God particle, have been achieved. The scientists also hope to physically detect in the future other theoretical particles such as strangelets, micro black holes, magnetic monopoles and supersymmetric particles, which supposedly would support their materialistic theories.
King David said: “The fool says in his heart: «There is no God.»” To deny the existence of God is mere foolishness and to deny his involvement in human affairs is a reckless action that steals the honor from God. The only reason that motivates these deniers of God is to silence their conscience which is perpetually pointing at their wrongdoing. To reassure themselves, they deny God and his moral authority, thus cushioning the guilt that corrodes them and mitigating the fear of suffering the terrible and future consequences of their spiritual wrongdoing. Let us not imitate these foolish and corrupt individuals whose punishment has been prepared before the creation of the universe. Acknowledge God in all our ways and you will act with truth and justice. To God alone be the glory!
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