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Lamentations


Yet he gave a command to the skies above
and opened the doors of the heavens;
he rained down manna for the people to eat,
he gave them the grain of heaven.
Human beings ate the bread of angels;
he sent them all the food they could eat.
Psalms 78:23-25

This passage is a great example of the grace of God. It had been recently that the Jewish people had been freed from the brutal slavery to which they were submitted by the Egyptians and not much time had passed since they were witnesses of the great wonders that God made for their freedom and to make way to put them out of the reach of their persecutors. Apart from being God’s chosen people, did they have something special to make them worthy of the privileged treatment that God was giving them? In any case, if anything was clear about this people is that they failed to comply with the covenant God had established with them. To start, they set themselves aside from the teachings received from God himself. Then they forgot about the great wonders that God did for them to get them out of Egypt and finally, they rebelled against the authority of God, casting doubts about his power and testing his ability to provide and protect.

We have also been recipients of God’s wonderful grace and like the Jewish people who made it out of Egypt, we often forget the great things that God has done for us. Building on the popular saying of “the squeaky wheel gets the grease,” we spend our lives complaining about everything until we make a habit of complaining and we become boring and unbearable because of the many lamentations and complaints coming out of our mouth. When grumbling wants to take control of your life remember the many wonders that God has done for you. I’m sure you’ll have more things to be thankful to God that situations for which to be bitter and pessimistic. God will never abandon you and his grace is incomparable. To God alone be the glory!

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Path


You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.
Psalm 18:35-36

When we march at the very center of the path that God has designed for us, his children, we see that our walk has, among other things, the following attributes: protection, support, prosperity and swiftness. We are protected because we are highly regarded in the eyes of God. We have been bought with a price and a very high price, may we add. God will not let what has cost him so much to be lost for not having it protected. So he zealously cares for his valuable acquisition at all times. Remember that God guards his people as the apple of his eye. The second attribute is support. God gives us strength and energy to carry out any activity, however heavy it may be, necessary to establish his kingdom. Our strength will be renewed day by day so that we can undertake great things with which we can exalt the name of God.

The third quality is prosperity. When we speak of prosperity we are not referring to the much-touted financial prosperity some promise peddlers offer with their sweetened messages to exploit the gullible. Prosperity is to move ahead with speed along the path we have defined to achieve the milestones and objectives of the plan of God for our life. Our progress will be consistent and in the right direction. The fourth quality is swiftness. With our feet treading on a paved road we can move unimpeded, smoothly and without any difficulties. When things come from God, they come about with amazing facility and we are often surprised at how swift and unexpectedly events occur. Armed with all this amazing help, let us move along the path that God has prepared for us and let us rely on his protection, support, kindness and preparedness. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 29, 2011


Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
Psalm 144:13

Many times we get carried away by criticism and judgment and we forget the blessings. The word blessing means to say a good word, that is, to speak well or wish well. Our language should be filled with blessings at all times and we must be specific with what we are wishing for our neighbor. Blessings are given or received, but no one can give what he has not. Also one can be a blessing to others. Blessings come from God and they are distributed to others through our lips and our good deeds. You can also return blessings to God in the form of praise. I read nowhere in the word of God that blessings are declared and much less upon oneself. Some people say: “I declare blessings on my life or the life of such and such.” This is not biblical. It would be like giving instructions to God. Blessings come through obedience and especially obedience to God. When Moses instructed the tribes to give blessings to the people from Mount Gerizim, he said, “All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God.”

Are you receiving the blessings that come from living in obedience to God? Are you sharing with others the blessings you have received from the Lord your God? Have you blessed the name of the Lord this morning? Are you being a blessing to someone else? Moses told the Jewish people: “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” The answer is in your mouth. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 29, 2011


Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
Psalms 144:13

True prosperity can only be achieved when one is under God’s protection. For this we must be fully dependent on him and this is the most difficult part of all. This is so, mainly because we were raised in environments that encourage individual effort and competitiveness. We ended up believing that everything we are, we do and we have is a product of the fervor of our efforts and we forget that even our breathing depends entirely on God. Of course, we can not confuse the concept of freedom in Christ with independence. Independence is the goal of the selfish and the proud. We need to understand that for anything and in everything we depend on the perfect will of God. Of course this does not mean that we will lie down on a bed waiting for God to send us everything we need to live. God wants that our sustenance come as a result of collaboration between him and us. He provides us with life, strength, ability, talent, gifts, resources and opportunities and we chip in with faith, hope and love, things that we certainly have because we have received them from him. In short, everything is given by God but our participation is required to produce our prosperity, always recognizing our total dependence on God.

Having recognized this dependence on God for everything we can render to him the true worship and praise that he expects of us. Let us understand, then, the reason and purpose of our existence in this world and let us know the provenance of the resources available to carry out our task. This knowledge will allow us to be more effective and efficient in carrying out our work for God. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for April 29, 2011


Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
our oxen will draw heavy loads.
Psalms 144:13-14a

“God helps those who help themselves” an old adage goes. No, it is not a quote from the Bible as many believe, just an old adage. Prayer and Action! Pastor Dario Silva-Silva would say. We can not ask God to fill our barns before having watered the fields and having reaped the fruit of the earth. We can not ask God for an abundant harvest without first planting the seed or tending the vines. We can not ask for rain without having first prepared the ground. We can not ask that our herds increase their size without first taking care of them, bringing them to graze in the right places. We can not ask that our wagons be loaded with plenty of products without having worked for it. In other words, there can be no prosperity without effort. When riches come the easy way, they go away by the same path they came.

I love the way the wise King Solomon described it: “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.” Let us not limit ourselves, then, to hope that everything will arrive as if by magic, without requiring an effort on our part. The effort required is not as great as one might think. Our Lord Jesus told us: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” That is, a yoke and a burden are required, albeit light. Let us not continue dreaming of winning the lottery jackpot to meet our needs. Let us pray and act and our barns will be filled … Only to God be the glory!