The wise inherit honor,
but fools get only shame.
The Proverbs of Solomon is a book of contrasts. In its lines and paragraphs we can see the contrast between the righteous and the evil, rich and poor, obedience and disobedience, the peaceful and the violent, the generous and the stingy, integrity and perversion, the proud and the humble, the wise and the inexperienced, the sober and the drunk, the diligent and the lazy, insolence and respect, the gossip and the discrete, patience and impulse, you name it, the list goes on and on. However, the more common contrast in this book is between the fool and the wise. When we observe the current state of humanity we see that fools far outnumber the wise. Because of this, some cynics have concluded that the basic characteristic of the human race is stupidity. No wonder some mock the theory of evolution because, according to it, man should be more perfect every day and on the contrary we see that stupidity is increasing. There’s even an honor out there called the Darwin Award given to those individuals who protect the gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives. Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving the human species’ chances of long-term survival.
What a contrast between stupidity and the wisdom that the son of God has. A Christian who properly grows and matures in the faith will always be looking to act wisely and avoid folly at all costs. When you sit down to analyze your life, what do you find to be more prevalent wisdom or folly? When you compare your life against the standard of the Word of God to whom you are most like, the wise or the fool? It’s in your hands, with the help of the Holy Spirit of God, to seek to transform your life and stop being a common being and becoming a useful tool in the hands of God. What do you say to this? Draw near to God with reverence, humility and obedience and you will enjoy the riches that the wisdom of God has prepared for those who walk in its trails. Only to God be the glory!
Whoever leads the upright along an evil path
will fall into their own trap,
but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
One of the most common entertainments of the wicked is to mislead the unwary and foolish from the straight path and have them imitate their wrongdoing. They use all kinds of tricks and traps to induce the naive to do the bad things they’ve been doing and for which they feel proud. Of course they use all kinds of lies and when they succeed in their mission to divert the unwary from the right path, instead of celebrating they make fun of him and make a mockery by accusing him of stupid. The only way they can achieve their purpose is through trickery and that is why we must never go distracted.
In any case, these wicked fellows shall fall into the traps that they have tended at the foot of the inexperienced to take them down. Their lies and tricks will be turned against them in the same way that a boomerang returns to the hands of the one who threw it. From this retribution they will not be able to escape because it is a principle established by God to punish the wicked who manage to confound the unwary. Let us always be alert to the wiles of the enemy. He will always be looking for our downfall and will take advantage of any unguarded moment to attack us with his arsenal of tricks and pranks. I we are aware of his traps we will not be snared by them. Our heavenly Father will give us the discernment and wisdom needed to stay in the center of the right track. To God alone be the glory!
Therefore the LORD was angry with his people
and abhorred his inheritance.
He gave them into the hands of the nations,
and their foes ruled over them.
A well-known phrase that who knows why, of all possible sources, came out of the famous comic Spider Man (Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben said it), says: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Another way of saying it is: “A great privilege implies a great responsibility.” Regardless of where this phrase comes from, it is the whole truth and it is something that we must take into account at all times. The people of Israel received without deserving it, the greatest privilege that God could bestow upon any nation. They and they only were called “my people” by God. Despite their stubbornness and obstinacy, God treated them with grace and mercy at all times. However, Israel failed to appreciate the great privilege that came with being God’s chosen people and they maintained an attitude of rebellion and discontent towards their heavenly Father. God is love but he is also justice and truth, and as a loving father who disciplines his children, he put them under the dominion of pagan empires, who exercised over the people of God a fierce rule.
We, as children of God, must learn from these lessons brought to us by the word of God. Remember that these things happened “to serve as examples and were written for our warning, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”  Let us not imitate the bad example of the people of Israel, which by their stubbornness and rebellion were subjected to the discipline of God. Let us serve God with obedience and humility and let us always practice justice and compassion for our neighbors. To God alone be the glory!
 1 Corinthians 10:11
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.
For the vast majority of Christians ─ if not for all ─ persecution by the world begins as soon as we identify ourselves as children of God. As soon as this happens society, with maybe the notable exception of some cultures that were formed in the light of Protestantism, begins to stereotype the son of God as being intolerant, religious, judgmental, bitter, bigoted, pompous and old-fashioned. We must recognize that some who profess to be children of God fit perfectly with this unfortunate description of the personality of the child of God and because of this they have given Christianity a very bad image. Many spiritually immature Christians assume an extremely legalistic position that can only reinforce the stereotype described above. In any case, as soon as we identify ourselves as people of God the attacks, the scorns and the insults start. For many this attitude of the world towards the children of God is daunting and frightening. Many can not stand the pressure of society and family and return overwhelmed to the world and its passions. They do not understand that God protects and guides his people through storms, disturbances, riots, conflagrations, plagues, floods, droughts or any other natural disaster.
The strength of God’s people is the LORD. He is our Shepherd and Leader. Under his watchful eye we will be safe because he does not rest or sleep. His love is bigger than the universe and he has demonstrated it through the work of His Son Jesus Christ. It is he who guides us in paths of righteousness to take us to our heavenly destiny, ie his presence. He only expects of us to show him respect, recognition and obedience. He only wants us to act with justice, mercy and humility. If the Master was rejected, how much more we will be rejected, but not for who we are but for what we represent. Being aware of the protection we have, let us meet our commitment to be witnesses of his love and the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest. Only God can save us, bless us and guide us. To God alone be the glory!
An inheritance claimed too soon
will not be blessed at the end.
Everyone dreams ─or at least the thought has crossed his mind─ of someday hitting the lottery jackpot. For those of us who do not have to depend on chance since we know that our heavenly Father provides everything we need and a little more, this is just a fleeting idea like many other ideas that may cross our minds but to which we do not give any importance or dedicate any time or pay any attention. For others that are not so clear on how is it that God supplies all of our needs, the hopes of becoming a winner of first prize and after that living a carefree life becomes an obsession and over the years it turns into utopia. With the same intent of today’s verse, conventional wisdom says: “Easy comes, easy goes.” Yet, I do not think that hitting the jackpot is easy at all; but in any case, it is something that does not require much effort because it does not depend on our abilities or the sweat of our brow. On the other hand, I do not think that living a carefree life by winning the jackpot is a given since most of the testimony in this regard is that many winners run into more problems than they had before winning the prize and also many of them are left penniless shortly after receiving the award.
Why base our hope on a gamble that puts us at a distinct disadvantage considering that the odds of hitting the jackpot are 1 in tens of millions, that is, very small? Why ignore him who truly has the power to give you everything you need and more? Do not continue to believe in fairy tales. Whatever is done for greed is doomed to failure, not only physical but also spiritual failure. Put your eyes on the certainty of God’s power and not the whims of chance. Only Jesus Christ can make your life a success and the most important success that you can achieve is the salvation of your soul. Only to God be the glory!
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