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Paths in the desert

Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
Psalm 107:4-7

When we have lived for some time in the ways of the Lord, we often forget how bad our existence was before meeting the Lord and accepting him as Savior and Lord of our life. Some even become confused and make the mistake of looking at those gone days with nostalgia, as if returning to their former condition, apart from the Lord Jesus, would be a good thing. When having this attitude is easy to err and wander aimlessly. It’s easy to lose sight of our vision and therefore we begin to walk on the wrong paths. Because of the many errors and mistakes our lives fall into chaos and problems pile up on us. Noticing that we are weak, the enemy takes advantage to attack us more viciously. As the pressure increases so does despair and we end up feeling that we perish. For some strange reason, despite our sad condition, we refuse to raise our eyes and cry out to God to deliver us from the tangled situation.

The Lord is willing to eliminate the affliction that affects our lives but we must cry out to him. We must understand that he the power and the authority to provide the solution to our problem. We must believe that he is the only one who can give us a positive response because he has all the power and there is nobody like him. It is he who can guide our feet to return to the right path that leads to his presence. He is the one who can rescue us and take us out of the abyss in which we have fallen. No one else can bestow all these blessings and that should be very clear in our minds and our hearts. Everybody has problems. The difference is whom do we go to have these problems removed from our path. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. You’ll see how the gray clouds disappear to make way for the radiant light of a new dawn. Only to God be the glory!

Today’s word for June 5, 2011

Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
Psalm 22:12-13

Sometimes our problems pile over each other and we end up feeling like we are surrounded by aggressive bulls whose size and animosity inspire us with terror. Almost everyone knows that a corral where a bull is grazing is not a safe place to enter. Being overwhelmed by trouble could also make us feel like we’re surrounded by aggressive beasts whose sharp teeth are ready to liquidate us with a deadly bite. Obviously, unless we have the powers of a superhero, we will not be able to come out of the uncomfortable and dangerous situation by our own means. It is in these moments of failure when God acts because it is then when we abandon our claims of self-sufficiency and let him work. Until we reach the point where we realize that there is nothing we can do for ourselves will continue to try to resolve things by ourselves and will impede God from doing his part. Now, experience tells us that we are very clumsy in this regard.

Let us surrender our problems to God, starting with the seemingly simple issues and we will soon realize that God is interested even in the smallest details of our lives. Are not we his children? If he shows interest for our simple things, would he not also be interested in more important things? Let us allow him to act even in the smallest things and gradually we will come to know and we will be certain that he can solve any problem, even if it looks impossible to us. Remember that we should not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, we should present our requests to God. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for April 10, 2011

Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
both low and high,
rich and poor alike:
Psalm 49:1-2

We must recognize that we have been privileged to own a firm hope, based not on fantasy but on spiritual realities, which source and foundation are the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Mount Calvary and his victory over death when he rose and conquered the grave. Thanks to advances in communication technology and the sustained efforts of missionary linguists translating the word of God to every known language, many have had access to the revelation of Him who is the only solution to all problems whatsoever. When I talk about solution to problems I’m not implying that they completely disappear, but that they may be seen in their true light and not as alleged mighty giants capable of producing panic and terror. There have always been and there will always be problems, mostly because we are sinful creatures seeking to satisfy our own passions. At any time one’s desires collide against the wishes of another and conflict arises with its inevitable problems. But with Jesus taking the reins of our life we have the guidance necessary to avoid most conflicts and to manage wisely those situations that can not be avoided.

This privileged way of enjoying life can not be kept to ourselves with selfishness but must be shared with others who we know are suffering because they lack the direction of our Savior. Everyone has problems. What better opportunity to offer a gesture of support and a word of hope based on God’s promises and our own experience of seeing them fulfilled? Let us ask the Lord Jesus for wisdom to share our testimony with those who are in trouble without our words sounding like meddling or feigned superiority. I am sure that God will grant us our request. To God alone be the glory!