Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
There are things that are easily and quickly attained and there are other things that take a much longer time to accomplish. Usually the best things are those that take longer to be achieved. Hence, God has given us hope. Hope is to put our eyes on reaching that one day, which is not necessarily just around the corner, when all will be completed. All this looks all right until we put our hope in things that do not suit us. That’s where the problems begin because as our heavenly Father does not allow things to happen to us that do not work out for our good, that which does not suit us we will never achieve and it will be a cause for frustration. Since most do not understand God’s plan for our lives we put our hope in many things that are not aligned with the strategy and the perfect will of God, hence our problems and tribulations.
The word of God is full of fine promises the Lord Almighty has prepared with great love for all of us His children for us to enjoy them in due course. To know those promises we must read the word of God regularly and with an attitude of obedience and respect. For now, we rejoice in knowing that some day, which is not to far, all that causes pain and concern will disappear to give way to joy and happiness. However, we must not forget that these promises belong to those who have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord and those who honor Him by being obedient and showing good behavior.Only to God be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, fulfillment, God, heart, hope, Jesus, life, longing, love, sickness, tree
“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.
If anyone needs an example of how to put his hope in God, just remember the last words of our Lord Jesus Christ as He hung on the tree seconds before submitting His spirit, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit!” We know that Jesus’ hope was honored by God because on the third day, God raised Him from the grave, freeing Him from the chains of death and giving Him absolute victory over the great enemy of mankind and antithesis of all that Jesus Christ means to all creation. The Lord said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” The Lord, who is life Himself, could not be bound by death because God is above all things for He is the Creator of all that is, seen and unseen.
When you think that everything has failed and you have no more hope, approach the only one who truly you can go to and who will never disappoint you. He is our hope. We long for His return to get rid of this physical body full of sin and destined to fall into the clutches of death. Let us say together with the Psalmist King David: “I put my hope in you!” And let us rejoice like David also saying: “I put on the Lord all my hope, he leaned toward me and heard my cry. He took me from the pit of death, the mud and mire, and set my feet upon a rock, and planted me on solid ground. He put in my mouth a new song, a hymn of praise to our God.” Only to God be the glory!
He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, the Rock my Savior.’
And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,
the most exalted of the kings of the earth.
Those who dominate the world care about keeping their dynasties in power. Be it monarchies, dictatorships or democracies, those in authority seek ways to establish continuity in power through their descendants or close relatives, either by constitutional means, by established traditions or by brute force. In the case of monarchies there is one or more lines of succession for determining who is entitled to occupy the throne on the death of the incumbent. Following the steps, regardless of the inconsequence, of people who are in these lines of succession is the purpose and business of some celebrity magazines. But rather than keeping up with these petty stories the world should be keeping abreast of everything related to the only person who is above all kings and authorities in the universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.
The covenant established by God with King David contains the promise that the house of King David and his kingdom will endure forever before God and his throne shall be established forever. The Lord Jesus is the person who now occupies and will occupy for ever and ever that throne promised by God. The Lord Jesus said: “I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star.” We look forward to that day when the King returns to reign over all the earth to be the only God and his name to be the only name. We look forward to that day when we all with one voice and with all our might will sing: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” and “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!” To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged appoint, Christianity, earth, Everlasting Father, exalted, firstborn, God, hope, kings, rock, Savior
LORD, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
For I said, “Do not let them gloat
or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”
When a musical ensemble, be it a duet or a symphonic orchestra performs a musical piece it is very important to the success and quality of the interpretation that each member of the ensemble does what he should do with his instrument at the precise moment when it is his turn to play. The better the musicians are aligned the better the performance of the musical piece will be and the better one can appreciate what the author wanted to convey when he composed the work. If any of the musicians is not doing his part, according to the musical arrangement, the result is dissonance and failure. Interpreting the concert of the life of the child of God is similar. In this musical performance, in this duet where we play together with the Director of the orchestra and concert soloist, it is our part to wait for God and his part is to answer. In the score we can find instructions on how to execute the piece, with clear indications of when to play, what notes to play, when to be silent, when all the orchestra members play and when it is up to the soloist to perform, the intensity of the notes and the rhythm that was used in the composition, and so on.
Are you following the directions in the score of your life? Or, conversely, you conduct yourself and play with improvisation as you please? Does your performance produce harmony or dissonance? Are you a beginner or an expert musician? Have you agreed with the Director of the orchestra when and how your performance will take place? It is vital that you have answers to these and many other questions related to the quality of execution of the instrument you have been assigned. It is also important that those areas where there are opportunities for improvement are identified and specific actions are implemented so the interpretation of the score is done with excellence. Let us keep attentive to the reading of the Director’s instructions that are found in his word. Soon we’ll see how the quality of sound and harmony is improved in our musical performance. Remember! Our part is to wait for God and his part is to answer. Only to God be the glory!
We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.
Ignorance is something quite dangerous. People who do not know God ─ and even many who do─ are naturally willing to put their hope in anything or anyone. This is how many unscrupulous politicians ─ which one is not? ─ take advantage of this feature of the human race to exploit the ignorant people. Which, by the way it is something that also white-collar crooks do. People put their hope in politicians, warlords, social programs, campaign promises, the lottery jackpot, offers of healing, easy methods to achieve happiness, weight-loss products, saints, witches, horoscopes, psychics, herbs to increase sexual potency, girdles to improve the female figure, creams to remove wrinkles , perfumes to attract mates, capsules that solve all kinds of health problems such as dandruff at the top and corns at the bottom and all that lies between these two afflictions including caries, colitis, cancer and cataracts and financial plans to become a millionaire in a very short time. When people have needs, whoever comes with any offer, whether true or false, will be received with joy and people will pay close attention to him. Whatever the deceiver says , the needy and dispossessed will put their hope in the hope trafficker because they are unaware of who is the only real hope.
Let us stop dreaming and fantasizing and let us put our feet on the ground. The solution is not to create policies to try to solve the problems of society to improve the living conditions of man. Rather, the solution is to transform man so that he in turn transforms society and we can all live in a better world. Neither politics nor religion can do anything for man. Only Jesus Christ has the solution in his hands, dealing with men, one at a time to achieve their transformation by the renewing of their mind and with the love without limits shown on the cross of Mount Calvary. Christ is the only solution, period. Put your hope in him alone. To God alone be the glory!
Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
In the genetic map of humanity there are, among others, a couple of features which are typical to the human race: curiosity and a craving for knowledge. Man is the only physical being that has the ability to reason and to question what he sees and the conclusions of his reasoning. Many have used this capability inherent in human beings to make major strides in the epistemological, scientific and technological fields. Economically developed nations put away large sums in their budgets for scientific and technological progress aiming to achieve dominance over space and on other planets and their satellites. Many get involved in satisfying this thirst for knowledge to fill the void that is present in the life of every man. The more they learn, the more they want to know yet the more questions remain unanswered. Few realize the futility of their research.
King Solomon described this situation as follows: “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth—people getting no sleep day or night—then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.” Curiosity and the thirst for knowledge are there to encourage us to learn more about God. Unfortunately people are only concerned with knowing more about God’s work and has put aside the pursuit of knowledge of the Creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible. Let us increasingly seek to know God and his ways, and everything else will be added. Let us let God teach us, show us his ways and guide us by his truth. Only then we will gain wisdom. To God alone be the glory!
No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
We spend a lifetime preparing to successfully face any difficulty that stands in our way. Years of study and training provide us with the knowledge and skills with which we are sure we can measure up to any problems. We strive to build assets and capital in order to feel “protected” when the hard times come. We are dedicated to aggressively scale positions of increasing responsibility in our work environment, even trampling on those who we see as obstacles to our progress. When it comes down to it, we end up following in the footsteps of the philosophy of “every man for himself,” without caring for others. All these things produce a false sense of security that is useless when we face the harsh reality.
The strength and tranquility of the Son of God is not based on the treasures that he may have accumulated or on the many connections and friendships that he has cultivated throughout his life. Placing our hopes on the resources at hand is simply idolatry. It is placing any other thing that inspires us confidence in the place that rightfully belongs to God. If your security is based on what you know, in what you do or in the riches that you have accumulated, a painful encounter with failure is waiting for you. The only person that can take care of us and that gives us the strength to stand is God Almighty, our Lord. Let us eliminate any ballast of idolatry that is impending our progress toward the goal that is Christ and let us go forward with our hope placed only in Jesus Christ, our Savior. To God alone be the glory!
Listen, my son, and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Without falling into judgments or resorting to much detail we can conclude that most people who roam the streets for lack of housing, also known as homeless, are in this sad and painful situation because of chronic and excessive use of alcohol and drugs, which led them to end up being slaves to a terrible addiction. Addiction to alcohol and drugs is a serious problem that affects society in every area and social stratum. Dependence or addiction to these substances cause problems at the personal, family and society level. Its consequences, as noted above, are devastating and have led many to fall in extreme poverty. Apart from restricting the free availability, conducting educational campaigns, restricting the dissemination of commercial messages, reducing the hours where sales are allowed and setting age limit to sales, it is very little that governments can do to control this disease. The problem goes beyond legislation, the problem lies with the individual as part of the sinful nature that all humans possess. Man’s lack of discipline and control is what makes his defenses against this scourge ineffective to protect him from the terrible consequences that result from consumption and uncontrolled exposure to these substances.
The improvement of the individual is not achieved by modifying his environment but by transforming his inner being. This can be achieved only by the Holy Spirit of God. The word of God warns us that excessive consumption of alcohol leads to debauchery. The Word of God exhorts us not to let ourselves be controlled by our sinful nature but by the Holy Spirit of God. All time dedicated to fulfilling the extravagant desires of the sinful nature is wasted time. Let us not lose time and be wise and attentive to the word of God. This will keep us on the right path.Only God has the answer to the problem of substance dependency . To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, drowsiness, drunkards, gluttons, God, heart, hope, life, path, poverty, Proverbs 23, rags, righteousness, strenght, wine, wisdom
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
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
One can hardly find a politician who does not use lies as a main weapon. Their livelihood depends on how well he is accepted by the people he represents or he governs. It seems that to be a successful politician or ruler it is required to manage well deception and master the art of manipulation. Obviously I’m generalizing and if some politician or ruler comes to read these lines and does not fit the description above he would understand that the vast majority of his colleagues have given a bad reputation to his occupation. The main problem a ruler faces is wanting to please everyone, which by definition and knowing human nature it is something impossible to achieve. The famed comedian Bill Cosby said: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Many leaders do not understand this simple but profound concept and when failing to achieve success they take refuge in lies, which allows them to gain some time to seek another way to achieve popular approval. This only heaps error upon error since, as one wise ruler rightly said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”Abraham Lincoln.
As we can see, to use deceit to seek popular acceptance is bad business and on top of it, it is something that God abhors. He who has built his reputation on the house of cards of lying cannot end well. If you ever find yourself in a leadership role handle your affairs with the truth in front of you. This will not help you achieve popular acceptance but you will succeed in everything you undertake. Seek advice from the wisdom that comes from above and put your hope in God. Your walk will be much more bearable and you will be able to keep something more valuable than popularity: your integrity. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged Christianity, deceit, eloquence, foolishness, God, hope, justice, lies, life, Proverbs 17, righteousness, wisdom