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Voice of the Shepherd


let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
Proverbs 1:12

Many people consider that stealing and killing are the only serious sins. Every other sin is, according to them, something to which God gives little importance. When reminded that we are all sinners and need Jesus Christ, they typically respond, “I’ve never done anything wrong.” Of course, they mean they have never killed anyone or have never robbed a bank. These people would be horrified if someone comes to propose to them to kill somebody . They would also be shocked if someone invites them to participate in a bank robbery. Any other opportunity to do something wrong would not be considered as something reprehensible and they would be willing to participate without worrying much about what God thinks about it. That is why we are so naive when we accept the invitations from the world to do something that does not please God. These invitations are usually adorned and sweetened with false promises of fun, entertainment, satisfaction, fame, power, sex appeal, happiness, wealth, success and things like that. When people receive these invitations they seldom stop to consider whether what they are about to do pleases God or not. That is why the world is in the state it is.

The only voice to which we must pay attention and obedience is the voice of our shepherd and master, Jesus Christ. Like sheep of the flock that the good shepherd grazes and for which he has given his life,  when he goes on ahead of us, we follow him because we recognize his voice. The world does not want us to follow our shepherd but to be attacked by the wolf and to be scattered. The only way to be safe is by keeping ourselves within the herd, attentive to the voice of our shepherd. If we get distracted by listening to the false promises of the world we are in grave danger of going astray. Let us keep ourselves, then, receiving guidance from our teacher every morning as we come to him through reading his word and prayer. If we follow his daily instructions we shall be able to discern the deceptions and traps that the world tends to our feet to make us stumble and fall. Only with the help of Jesus Christ we can do it. To God alone be the glory!

Treasures


I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
Psalms 119:75-77

Justice, discipline, mercy, faithfulness, compassion and joy. All these things mentioned in just three sentences showing the interrelationships that these concepts have among them and their link with the life of the son of God and the importance of adhering to the divine precepts. Many believe that the believer’s life is a life of boredom and difficulties, that there is nothing interesting to do but tedious and monotonous spiritual exercises. Of course, those who think this way are people who have a worldview based on prescriptive elements, ie, people who put the emphasis on “what to do” rather than “what to be.” Until we understand that is more important “to be” than “to do” and that life does not consist only of those things that we accumulate, be it titles, honors or possessions, we will not understand the meaning of the great victory that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary and the importance this has for each one of us.

Many want to hear the voice of God but are reluctant to seek what he says by his word. Others simply want to hear something “new” from God as if God is someone who changes his mind or lifestyle at every turn. What man needs to know God has already have revealed through His Word and through His creation. Seeking God for fun and entertainment will never achieve its goal for it is necessary that one seeks God with a sincere heart that he may be found. The answer to all concerns and enigmas of humanity can be found in the word of God. Let’s dive, then, in it so we can find the treasures all seek but few find. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 24, 2011


I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
Psalms 119:75-77

Knowledge, justice, discipline, compassion, comfort, promise, compassion, life, law, joy, how many principles and values are placed together in these short lines of the Word of God! No wonder the very word speaks of itself and says that from it new and old treasures can be drawn. The life of a child of God is not a simple life. The life of a child of God has many angles and activities that we need to learn and practice. Our relationship with God is not based only on reading his word, offering prayers to him and trusting in his promises. Nor is it only to serve, to evangelize, to help others, to be baptized or to partake of the Lord’s Supper. The life of a child of God is the sum of all these things and many more. With so many things to do with our life, how do we know what to do or how to act in certain circumstances? The key is precisely the quality of our relationship with God.

If we maintain a healthy, close and constant relationship with God, all we “have” to do will be easy to understand and to carry out. I put the word have in quotes because the things of God are not an obligation or a burden as such. Someone asked the Lord Jesus: “What must we do to do the works God requires?” The Lord replied, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Also the Lord Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” The work of God is not heavy; the work of God is not complicated. The work of God is easy to perform as long as we depend on him and not on our own strength and abilities. Let’s seek support in our Lord and everything will move as the Lord wills, the right way. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 24, 2011


My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
but I do not turn from your law.
Psalm 119:50-51

People who do not want to follow the direction of God generally find that things always go wrong. Their wrong decisions, always in opposition to the word of God, are the reason that their plans are kept in a constant failure. Pride prevents them from realizing their mistake and they end up believing that God has abandoned them, therefore falling into despair and anguish. Since these situations of despair and anguish are not resolved by themselves, people herein end up developing a somatization disorder which is manifested in various ways, mainly by pain of non-specific origin, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal problems and psycho-neurological disorders such as fainting. All this because of rebellion, pride and ignorance!

When we find ourselves facing a situation of somatization we must turn to the word of God to meet again with the wonderful promises of God to us his children. God’s promises are not empty and baseless as the promises made by men. On the contrary, we can rest assured God’s promises will be fulfilled because they are supported by the oath that God makes by his own name. There can be no better guarantee or assurance that these promises will take place because God has committed to it. Let us keep away from rebellion and pride, and let us drink from the fountain of life which is the word of God. That way we will be able to get away from the destructive ties of depression and somatization. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 22, 2011


Then they despised the pleasant land;
they did not believe his promise.
They grumbled in their tents
and did not obey the LORD.
Psalm 106:24-25

Some people who would like to believe in the promises of God and to be recipients of His blessings, find it very difficult to have faith even as small as a mustard seed. “Some people say they want to obey the commands of God, but as soon as they realize that there is something they ought to do, they start looking for an excuse or act dumb. None of these people realize the very close relationship there is between faith and obedience. If we do not have faith, what motivates us to obey? And if there is no willingness to obey what good is faith for? Faith without obedience is simple sanctimoniousness. Obedience without faith is just an act of mechanical compliance. Without faith there can be no true obedience and without obedience there is no demonstration of faith. Can you imagine Noah, Abraham, Moses, or any other distinguished member of the “Hall of Fame of Faith” failing to obey God’s instructions? What do you think James, the brother of the Lord Jesus, meant when he wrote “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”?

Let us understand, then, the inseparable and dynamic relationship there is between faith and obedience in order to move forward in our spiritual journey and reach the goal which is Christ, “the pioneer and perfecter of faith” who “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Do not think that we will receive any of the blessings described in the promises of God if we do not follow the commandments that Jesus left us. Always keep in mind that obedience must be “obedefaith” and that true faith must be “faithdience.” Only to God be the glory!