Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.
Everyone would like to live in a world controlled by justice but only to the extent that justice is not applied to them. All of us demand that the law is applied to its full extent but do not like it when the law is enforced upon us. Today’s world is but a reflection of these ideas that are present in every culture and nation because they are part of the sinful nature of man. That is why in the world can never find justice that prevails and happiness for everyone. However, although global justice is violated in many ways, on the spiritual realm there is a justice that cannot be violated or avoided. We are talking about divine justice. This is a justice which are not used to and when we have seen it applied it amazes some people and many even deny it because they can not understand it. In the narratives of the Bible that show this justice in action, some see a vengeful and cruel God and it is very difficult for them to accept that God is the same God who speaks of love. Because of their inability to understand that God is both love and justice numerous heresies have come about, including that of the Gnostics and also ideas such as the widely known but false Eastern dualism and its balance of yin and yang.
As children of God we must see justice as a hope because God’s time not our time. His “Kairos” is not our “kronos” and his thoughts are far above ours. We long for justice, we want to see it in action, but God will not apply it until he sees fit. Conventional wisdom puts it this way: “God delays but does not forget.” Meanwhile, we live with the conviction that his justice will soon come and it cannot be avoided. The wicked will receive their just retribution and the just will receive recognition from God. Love and Justice will converge in one point, the person of Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords. Only to God be the glory!
Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
If someone were to sell a book entitled “How to be wise in 30 days” it is likely that this person would end up being a millionaire in no time. The world keeps turning at the same speed as it always has done but it seems that lately it rotates faster and therefore we think that everything that we propose to do, if it’s worth at all, must be achieved in a very short time since these agitated times so require. There is no place and time for good habits because they require some time to develop. Now everything is a desperate race to get everything within the minute. No wonder then that those products that promise to make us lose a few pounds in a matter of days without exercises or diets are so popular, despite not being very effective.
Wisdom must be sought for the same way one seeks for as gold or silver. These things take time, commitment, discipline and dedication to be reached but all this is well worth it. We also need to know where to look. Gold and silver are not found everywhere, the same is true of wisdom. The award for having the determination to seek insight where it can really be found is: understanding, wisdom, knowledge and discretion. If you want wisdom, remember that she comes from the Lord and only from him. Let us dispose, therefore, with patience and determination to receive the wisdom that God offers us through the methodical and constant reading of his word. In due time we will surely see the beneficial results. To God alone be the glory!
For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Oftentimes our heavenly Father protects us by blocking physical and personal attacks that the enemy of our souls constantly hurls at us. Other times, he grants us wisdom, knowledge and understanding so we can realize the dangers that beset us in our journey through this world. That wisdom, that knowledge and understanding are not things that can be achieved through academic studies. Rather, they are gifts that are received as part of the training that God provides to those who are sincerely committed to carrying out the plans God has for them. This requires walking in constant communication with God and we can only do this by approaching him through the daily and constant reading of his Word and through the conversation we establish with him every time we pray. To say we love God and not to be attentive to and willing to obey his instructions is deceiving ourselves and there is no better definition of a fool than he who is self-deceived.
Let us maintain ourselves forever in the path of justice, integrity, good conduct and faithfulness to God. When our Father sees that we are sincerely committed to the coming and the establishment of his kingdom, he will enable us so we can become useful tools in their hands. Remember at all times that the focus should be on him and not on us. So let us not put so much emphasis on the problems we face and let’s turn our eyes to the One who has the solution in his hands. Let us direct, therefore, the batteries toward the fulfillment of God’s perfect will in our lives. With the help of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Spirit success will come easily. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged blameless, faithful, guard, justice, knowledge, protection, shield, success, understanding, upright, wisdom
Many seek an audience with a ruler,
but it is from the LORD that one gets justice.
Faith is not a natural thing for humans. In fact, even people who have achieved a high level of spiritual maturity sometimes have to deal with doubt. We are sensual beings, that is we live and move according to what our senses tell us. Even when facing the evidence we often say “Seeing is believing.” Many other times we behave exactly like the Apostle Thomas saying “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” In this sense the child of God can not behave as the rest of the world, wandering under the blanket of disbelief. The child of God must imitate the examples left us by the renowned heroes of faith of Chapter 11 of the Hebrews. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, etc., these are our examples to imitate.
The word of God also tells us about things that happened to those who are passionate about evil to serve as an example, so as not to imitate their bad behavior, which would expose us to the serious consequences of disobedience to God. Let us take, then, every trial and tribulation to come upon us as an excellent opportunity to develop and strengthen our faith. That is the purpose of the trial and if we do not take advantage of the troublesome situation to strengthen our faith we are wasting our time and demonstrating that we are short on intelligence. Let us , therefore, imitate the good and reject evil as our progress toward spiritual maturity depends on it. Let us not put our trust in humans regardless of all the power they may seem to have. Let us put our faith in the one person who is worthy of all confidence, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God. To God alone be the glory!
Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Human justice, like all things related to the nature of man is imperfect. Even when intentions are good and honest, human justice is limited by poorly written laws or legal absurdities, or simply by laws whose validity is limited to their historical context. Additionally we have the presence of corruption. This is not something limited to any one culture or country in particular but it is something that occurs all over the world. Where there is man there will be corruption. We all know one or more instances in which the courts have acted with complete disregard for justice and law. Decisions influenced by political motives are a sore spot in the history of countries dominated by totalitarianism and these outrageous decisions may even occur in countries with a longstanding democratic culture. Knowing these major weaknesses of the judicial system established by man can we trust that we will receive justice when we go to it?
The only real justice is the justice of God. God’s justice is perfect because God is perfect. Although we do not see a system of checks and balances, jurors, prosecutors, lawyers and judges, divine justice progresses inexorably to put everything in its proper place. Its foundation is wisdom. Its principles are simple and its decisions are brilliant. Its sentences are immaculate and its jurisprudence is eternal. Every time we feel our rights have been violated we can go with confidence to God and cry out for justice. But be careful that you’re walking in integrity so that you are protected by your righteousness. Otherwise, divine justice will bring upon you the actual consequences of the bad actions that you have not confessed to God or have not yet felt remorse for. We can not completely trust the institutions established by man but we can rest with confidence in the justice of God, which will soon be applied to those who enjoy evildoing and have made of it a lifestyle. To God alone be the glory!
The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
Many people blame God for all the evils that happen in this world. They question the presence of war, illness, tragedy, natural disasters, poverty and death. They argue that if God created all things, he also created evil as if evil was something created. Evil is simply the absence of good just as darkness is the absence of light. God created good and light. He did not create evil or darkness. Satan’s pride was what made the good move aside to leave room for wickedness. Later, through one man sin entered the world and from that moment everything was upset and all those evils for which many now blame God found place in creation and now they look unstoppable. They do not realize that evil ─the absence of good─ lies inherently in their nature and humanity as a whole is responsible for what happens in this world. If there is war it is because we give free rein to our natural passions and if poverty prevails it is because we do not to impose restrictions to the selfishness that characterizes us. And to make things worse, we have become insensitive to the suffering that subjugates most of the human race.
Let us help the helpless. We will not be able to eradicate world hunger and poverty but we will make life more tolerable for someone who happens to be a victim in this life. At the same time we will be imitating our Lord Jesus Christ who always showed incomparable compassion for the people who flocked to hear his words, to satisfy their hunger and to receive healing. We do not need to go far to find someone who needs our help and compassion. Let us give generously and share with others the many blessings we have received from God. To God alone be the glory!
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
Here are four things that good people desire but the world rarely offers : justice, righteousness, love and faithfulness. The world can not deliver what it does not have and we understand that it is foolish to expect the world to give us something we can only find in God. These four things are personified in Jesus Christ and yet the world rejected him because it failed to recognize him as its Creator and Lord. Now, these four virtues must be present in our lives if we are to become true witnesses of the wonders of God. In every decision we must make sure that justice will prevail. If someone gets hurt because of our actions then we are not acting with the justice and equity that God expects of us. On the other hand we must ensure that in every activity we perform we are complying with the laws and regulations established, provided they do not lead us to do something that displeases God. As for love, what could we add to the exhortations of the apostle John, who urged us to live in love, thus living in God, and God in us because God is love. As for faithfulness, there is no easier way to keep the enemy away from our path than to walk in truth. Our enemy, being the father of lies, hates the truth and just the same way where there is light there can be no darkness, where there is truth, deceit has no place.
Most people generally do not practice these things because a nucleotide sequence is missing in the spiritual DNA of every human being and the sequence only can be completed by the presence of God and therefore all are under condemnation unless they ask God to save them through the redeeming work of Christ on the cross of Mount Calvary. Let the whole world know that the only way to fill the void in their lives is through repentance of their sins, the forgiveness of God and the presence of Christ in their lives. To God alone be the glory!
Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
you will make them princes throughout the land.
Part of the preparations we children of God receive in this earthly life has to do with the fact that after our Lord returns for His church and the final judgment is carried out the new Jerusalem will descend from heaven. From that moment all the blessings promised by God to their children will be sent as abundant rain upon the earth. The throne of God and the Lamb will be located in Jerusalem and from there he will rule the earth. We, the sons of God, will be responsible for representing this government as rulers of all the nations. Hence, it is very important to make the most out all the training we receive in this life because everything we learn now will be very useful when that time comes.
Are we learning to be fair and exercise justice in everything we do? Are we aware of the important role we will play when the Kingdom of God comes? Have we become aware of the responsibility and privilege attached to our appointment as princes of God to the nations? Remember that we are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Let us look at every situation that arises in our life as a learning opportunity that will prove be very useful when the time comes for us to exercise the government functions that God will assign to us in his future Kingdom. When that important time comes we will be perfectly capable of carrying out his orders. 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!
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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