This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.
All day long I have been afflicted,
and every morning brings new punishments.
If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
One of the biggest challenges a son of God must face during his pilgrimage on this earth is the prosperity and supposed success of those who openly oppose the commandments of God. The system established by this world is responsible for promoting those who have managed to accumulate wealth, regardless of whether they were obtained by legal or illegal means. The fact is not how but how much. What seems more important is the end and not the means used to achieve it. Everyone dreams to win the lottery jackpot, even those who do not buy the tickets. It seems that the motto “Success equals wealth” was inscribed with fire in the minds of all. The same system is responsible for teaching us ad nauseam that the limitation of resources is a sign of failure and a reason for sadness. Many become discouraged when they see that most of the time honesty does not lead to material wealth.
Wise King Solomon looked at all the things that have to do with life and its purpose. In terms of material wealth he said: “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” and “as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep. ” This is the sad reality of those who live tied to the belief that money is happiness. As we can see, the truth is quite the opposite. Of course, this does not mean that riches are bad. The gift of God is wealth and its enjoyment. The reward offered by the enemy is riches with pain and sorrow. Solomon said, “when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.” Let us therefore pay no heed to the material achievements of those opposed to God and let us look up to him who can really give us a life full of goods and happiness. To God alone be the glory!
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to false gods.
They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was desecrated by their blood.
They defiled themselves by what they did;
by their deeds they prostituted themselves.
God had a good reason to forbid the Israelites who left Egypt to mix with the people who temporarily occupied extensions of the land of Canaan and surrounding regions. Not only were they forbidden to associate with the pagan people but they were ordered to utterly destroy all of them. Many have used these instructions from God to the people of Israel , taking the word of God out of context, to say that God is a cruel and unloving god. They conveniently ignore the intrinsic justice that belongs to the divine nature. The barbarities and abominations that these people were accustomed to do in the name of their religion were truly horrific and despicable. One of his most gruesome ritual was the sacrifice of their children to idols. Giving children’s lives in bloody sacrifice to demons posing as gods is totally unacceptable and incomprehensible to those of us who live in more civilized times.
Yet somehow, in general we have allowed our children to be surrendered in sacrifice to the world and even to the enemy of our souls by condoning their desire to live according to the ideas that prevail in these times. In these postmodern times the material dominates over the spiritual, the exterior over the interior, the temporal over the enduring, the urgent over the important, the superficial over the fundamental, confusion over what is solid, randomness over firmness, the ambiguous over the absolute. All these new (actually not so new) ideas that are contrary to the principles and the established paths laid out in the word of God are common and prevalent today. Our children have embraced these ideas and we have passively allowed the world to hijack the minds and hearts of our boys and girls. Let us act with decision and courage to rescue our children from the idols and demons that shape this decadent society. It is never too late when the purpose is the salvation of their souls. With the help of our Lord Jesus Christ we shall overcome. To God alone be the glory!