The greedy stir up conflict,
but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.
Greed is extremely dangerous. Misused ambition leads many to foment violence and chaos. Those who understand their passions and have the wisdom to control what their sinful nature demands of them can channel their ambition for private gain without affecting others. History is filled with greedy characters who led the world into bloody and fratricidal wars with consequences that are still present even centuries later. Ambition is a powerful force that ends up controlling whom has it. Its effects on those around us are staggering because greed cuts off compassion. He who puts his trust in the Lord, on the contrary does not let his passions lead him and makes every effort not to harm his neighbor, and God prospers him accordingly.
What kind of life we are living? What are our priorities? What value do we place the needs of those around us? What do we feel towards them? Pity? Contempt? What are the motives that impel us to move forward in whatever our path? Somewhere along this path we trod we must pause to look at the road map and the compass to verify that we are moving in the right direction. When was the last time you checked your course? In the word of God we can find all the direction we need to progress in our journey to the eternal presence of God. Consult this road map and this compass frequently. To God alone be the glory!
Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
How easy it is for the enemy of our souls and the world, which is also our enemy, to keep us distracted from what is truly important. Their favorite tools, which act as an attractive bait, are displayed before our eyes for us to lose sight of the goal of our life and the direction we need to maintain to reach our destination. Financial success, whether obtained by illegal or unethical means, is the accepted and recognized metric for progress and welfare and trying to achieve it makes us leeches that only live to demand more and more. We have been dazzled by the alleged happiness that results from having many goods and only having to rely on the riches that we have managed to accumulate. Money, now has become the savior of our lives and it makes us look away from our true Savior, Jesus Christ.
The way the apostle Paul explains it is striking: «Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.» What is in plain view can not be denied. Many are now under the yoke of mismanaged finances for having been blinded by the false appeal of the prosperity of the wicked. Let us return our gaze to the Provider of all good and all blessings, our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. If we stay focused on the way he presents in front of us, we will stay out of all grief related to the mismanagement of our finances. To God alone be the glory!
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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.
Although throughout history some nations have experienced good times ─nothing permanent, never there has been general and thorough prosperity in every corner of the globe. Always the financial health of any nation or empire has been achieved by exercising control and mastery of the riches of other nations or empires, which obviously end up in an economically disadvantaged position because of having to meet the demands and needs of the dominant power. Empires and powerful nations that yesterday dominated today are not as powerful as they were and other nations now take their place. A balance where everyone benefits equally from the riches of the planet has never been achieved. And despite all the lofty speeches heard in economic summits, no country is seeking the general welfare of the world but their own.
God has promised that in the future, hopefully very soon, the earth will experience a general well-being as it never has been known, where all nations will prosper, without distinction of climate, latitude, land, races, industrial capacity, agricultural and mineral resources, transport routes, availability of water or access to sources of energy. To participate in this bonanza it will be imperative that all nations subject themselves to the dominion and government of He who will come as conquering King to impose order, justice and prosperity on all of the earth. With great hope we await that moment in which all nations shall bless each other, every knee shall bow before the King of kings and all of us will consider ourselves blessed. We wait with much optimism for the return of our beloved Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. To God alone be the glory!
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