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Privilege


He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
it flows between the mountains.
They give water to all the beasts of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Psalms 104:10-11

God is the ultimate provider. He opens his hand and the creation is satisfied and if he closes it all perish. Life as we know it is only possible where there is water. Astronomers spend a lifetime looking at the vast universe and trying to find a place where life is possible, as it is on earth. So far they have found in other solar systems several planets presumably with similar conditions on earth. Some think that these planets would be good places to which to escape and use as shelters in case the earth’s resources are depleted and humanity cannot longer survive in her. They are not concerned at all about the inability to travel through space to those distant places because of the astronomical distances and the limitations imposed by physical laws. Imagination is enough for them.

The beasts and the wild animals are smarter than these stubborn and feverish scientists who work with numerous hypotheses and theories, but never manage to reach the truth. The animals know who feeds them and who gives them water to drink. They praise God at all times with different sounds according to their species but in any case praising the Lord God of creation. And you? Have you thought about joining the universal chorus of creatures, items and objects that praise God for having created and allowed life to exist? Life is not a right but a privilege that depends on the grace and good will of God. Let us always recognize that without him we are nothing and there is nothing we can do. Celebrate the gift of life as an integral part of God’s creation. To God alone be the glory!

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Authority


But at your rebuke the waters fled,
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
they flowed over the mountains,
they went down into the valleys,
to the place you assigned for them.
You set a boundary they cannot cross;
never again will they cover the earth.
Psalm 104:7-9

There are two ways to interpret the actions that occur in the passage under consideration depending on how verse 6 is translated from the original Hebrew to English. One version tells us that the waters rose over the mountains and descended into the valleys, which could be an allusion to the hydrological cycle and the other way to translate this verse tells us that the mountains rose and valleys descended probably referring to the orogenic processes by which the mountain ranges took the shape we see today in many parts of the world. It does not matter if King David was talking about hydrology or orogeny since the message of the passage is the authority and dominion of God over his creation, regardless of the manner in which things take place. Both physical processes are among the many tools available to God to create and transform creation. As the Master Teacher, he has at his disposal brushes, spatulas, canvas, oils, acrylics, watercolors, crayons, pastels, charcoals, and so to shape his masterpiece.

He who has the power to create a universe of universes with dimensions and shapes that we are unable to understand is the same one that has sought us to be his children. He is the same one that speaks to our hearts by his word in a language that only our heart can understand. With God nothing is impossible. His wishes are commands to creation and creation joyfully obeys without questioning and without delay. There is not a single problem in the world that God can not solve. If you really need something that looks impossible to achieve or accomplish, take it to God in prayer and let him act. Put your trust in the One who will not disappoint you nor forsake you. Come to the Lord Jesus and you will have everything you really need. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for July 21, 2011


He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
Psalms 104:5-6

Scientific and technological advances are difficult to ignore. Every day a new technology application is developed to improve our health or our wellbeing. Millions of Euros and Dollars are spent daily on scientific research and companies that engage in this research generate large fortunes for their stockholders. Hence, science has a reputation as a generator of well-being and progress to the point that science has replaced faith in many areas of knowledge. While the areas of application are different, many have used science to discredit faith. It is like an expert in History of the French Revolution questioning the advances in Cell Physiology and vice versa. Science deals with what can be seen and what can be felt and measured. Faith deals with things that cannot be seen and cannot be measured physically. At some points these two study areas overlap and that is where the most heated arguments arise between believers and scientists. Both try to claim that little common ground for themselves.

We can find one of these points of overlap in the study of the origins of the universe, life and our planet. The vast majority of scientists have rejected a priori the option that God’s hand has intervened in the creation process of all we can see today. Arrogantly they raise and wield their ever-changing theories, which they take for truth though most of them have proved to be defective. When this happens, they simply create a new theory to replace the one that has failed, which serves to keep them occupied until the new theory is also found to be false. The word of God on the other hand is consistent and reliable. God’s promises are true and need not be exchanged for new promises. God is faithful and his word is trustworthy. This is something that science will never achieve. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 15, 2011


May grain abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
and thrive like the grass of the field.
Psalm 72:16

Scientists and experts in management issues of global food sources agree that, for various reasons that will not be discussed here today, the amount of food available to sustain a growing world population is in sharp and obvious decline. Even with the development of new genetic varieties of plant and animal species that could increase the yield per area of land used ─technological advancement that has been widely questioned─ the trend is that every day the availability of food will decrease and therefore food will be more expensive and supplies will be more difficult to secure. It is not the first time that humanity is threatened by climate change, droughts, floods and their consequential famines. Nature has its own mechanisms, established by its Creator, to control these imbalances and get things back to a sustainable state. Still, scientists and experts in the field would like to have at their disposal an answer or a way to control these swings that would allow them to avoid the tragedies and disasters that usually accompany these natural disturbances. In their way, they make use of hope ─hope in their own capabilities─ as a tool to finding a technological solution.

The world may go a long way in the technological field but the solution will not be found there but in the environment of the spiritual world. The promise of God is that one day when all our troubles, pains, difficulties, pains, illnesses and sorrows will be left behind. As children of God, we move forward with the clear hope that a day will come as God has promised. On that day, the new creation will be stable and lush and all plant species will bear fruit twelve times a year, something even the scientists would not even dream to achieve. It is okay to continue carrying out scientific investigations to improve the yield and resistance of the raw materials necessary to keep humanity adequately nourished. Now, hope should not be placed on science but on the Creator of the universe and the Author of the promises that will soon come to fruition. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for April 13, 2011


Mount Bashan, majestic mountain,
Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
at the mountain where God chooses to reign,
where the LORD himself will dwell forever?
Psalm 68:15-16

The Mountains of Bashan, known today as Jebel al-Druze, or Mountain of the Druze, is a chain of volcanic mountains located in southern Syria, northwest of Israel. In this region of Bashan, a long time ago, the giant king Og of the Amorites was defeated by Moses in the battle of Edrei during the conquest of the Promised Land. The volcanic origin of this chain of mountains is what makes it rugged and majestic, apart from the snow that falls in wintertime. What does this rugged mountain chain has to do with the hill of modest elevation where the city of Jerusalem is built? By the way the Psalmist asks the question is obvious that the question is rhetorical. Despite the heights represented by this chain of mountains ─high relative to the plains that prevail in the region, the city of Jerusalem is located even higher just because of the privilege of having God’s temple in her midst, the place chosen by God to receive the offerings and sacrifices of His people. From the allegorical standpoint, the mountains represent the military power of the empires that held the people of Israel under their control for long periods of time in the past.

No military power, not even the sum of all of them can cope successfully with the prodigious army of God. Many times our faith in God diminishes dangerously because our ignorance of the magnitude and immensity of God’s power. Many times we let ourselves be impressed by the apparent power of our enemy and we forget that only our God is the Almighty. He who has the power to create the universe, cannot He do what He pleases, as impossible as it may seem? Never lose sight of the enormous and immeasurable ability of God to get us out of any situation or predicament we find ourselves in. Let us claim to Him and He will do. Do not be impressed by the apparent power of the enemy. Nothing can stand in front of the power of God. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for April 8, 2011


Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
Psalm 36:6

For some time now a fiery debate between environmentalists and industrialists on the way in which human activities are harming the ecological balance of planet Earth has been going on. On one side there are those who think that the industrial and technological revolution is the catalyst that will accelerate what to them looks like a certain extinction of all life as we know it. On the other side there are those who think that advocates of environmental rights are just a deluded and romantic bunch of pantheistic hippies. To further complicate the issue and fishing in troubled waters, some theorists of socialism, please forgive the redundancy, have seen in the industrial and technological revolution, a weapon of imperialism to subjugate the people. It is evident that it is very difficult to find the truth on the extreme positions; a truth that has been retouched and obscured with a multitude of arguments, some false, some true, from both sides. Especially now that postmodernism has undermined the foundations of certainty and has created a world where everything depends on the eye of the beholder. It’s hard to tell who is right.

As children of God we must seek the answer to these dilemmas in the revelation that God has given to man, with the caveat that we must be careful not to taint the interpretation of this revelation with our own opinions, as there are those who use the biblical text as a pretext to justify one or the other position. God placed all animals of the earth under man’s dominion. Of course, this does not mean that man has the task of ending the existence of animals or display irresponsible behavior when exercising that domain. Man is expected to manage what has been trusted to him with stewardship criteria. On the other hand, God cares for both people and animals. God has absolute control of the universe and notwithstanding how much man strives to manage the creation one way or another, at the end the plan of God will prevail. Let us act responsibly and let God continue to do His part as master conductor of the universal symphonic orchestra. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word 3-14-2011


When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land,
it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.
Psalms 68:14

When in the high mountains the temperature drops, the snow does not fall as in the idyllic images of the Christmas cards of the Nordic countries, whose illustrations often show a house in the woods with soft snowflakes falling vertically and very organized as in slow motion. Up in the mountains something very different usually happens; the snow falls but wind gusts disorderly move the snowflakes in any direction as they please. This chaos of snow-laden stormy winds frantically dancing everywhere and in every direction is a good picture of what is going to happen when the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to reign over the whole earth. Kings and rulers will see how their way of life ─oppression and abuse of people for personal gain─ will cease to be and they will have no place to run to escape the wrath and demand for justice that for years they have accumulated over their shoulders.

In view of so much injustice, death and destruction that the tyrannical rulers have inflicted upon their own people, the only resource we have left is hope. We crave for that moment where all justice will prevail and all rebellion and disobedience will disappear. “Peace, justice and joy” will be the motto of this new stage of creation where all people will finally enjoy a perfect government and true prosperity. As we wait for that time to come, let us prepare ourselves to serve the Lord in the area and with the skills that the Holy Spirit has given us. As faithful and wise servants, let us work with vigor until our beloved Lord returns and He finds us involved with His affairs. There, we will see his glory incomparable bring a new dawn. To God alone be the glory!