For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.
God is inscrutable. No matter how hard we try we will never be able to completely understand his mind. But this should not be an obstacle for us to try to learn every day more and more about his personality and attributes. For this we have the rational mind that God has given to every man so they can analyze the information they receive to achieve their own logical conclusions. Moreover, God has revealed himself through his creation, “so that people are without excuse.” We also have the revelation of himself through his written word, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways.” To complete the picture, God has revealed himself to mankind through his Son Jesus Christ, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” Additionally, for those who have made the best decision that anyone can make in this life, which is to accept Christ as Lord and Savior, God has given us his Spirit, “these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”
To know better each day our God and heavenly Father must be the source of joy to our lives, the fountain from which we can drink as many times as we wish. This inexhaustible source of wisdom and knowledge is available to us 24/7. “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.” Pay close attention to the words of the melancholic prophet Jeremiah: “‘but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.” The decision is yours to get to know God better or miss the rich blessings that can only be received by those who have wholeheartedly determined to really know the Almighty . May we say with the apostle Paul: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” To God alone be the glory!
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.
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!
How long, LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
When misfortune hits us, we see everything with so much pessimism that we think our beloved heavenly Father has forgotten us or simply abandoned us. The joy and the happiness caused by his presence in our lives cease to be the main characteristics of our usual mood and depression and melancholy take ownership of our being to make us flag and adversely affect our thoughts and hopes. Part of the training that we receive to mature in our spiritual life involves moments of loneliness and abandonment. The idea is not to learn to defend ourselves by our own strength but to learn to depend on God and only on him. At such times, our tendency is to seek a solution based on our own experiences and skills. Perhaps this natural response of our being has helped us out of this or that problem in the past but as we have to face more challenges and difficulties, our forces will no longer suffice to come out of trouble successfully.
Although it seems that God has abandoned you, he still is by your side, very close to you. Although it may seem that God has forgotten you, he will never leave you on your own and he will be protecting you from the many darts of fire that the enemy throws at you. The purpose of trial is to bring out the best of your heart, a heart that God has transformed to adequately respond to adversity. Do not let depression keep you from looking up to him who gave you physical life, salvation and eternal life to seek from him the answer to calm your anxieties. Only God can help break out of the difficulties in which you are. Do not put your hopes on methods, people and philosophies. God, our Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty. Only look for and depends on him. To God alone be the glory!
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.
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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From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten oppression.
The wicked hide their true and grim intentions. As much as they simulate and make an effort to hide what is really behind their actions, it is generally easy to see where they come and what they want. Pride and arrogance make these people feel optimistic about getting their ill will go unnoticed in order to do more damage or more profit. Unfortunately many people, boasting an incredible naiveté come to accept without question all the false promises and lies that these people offer. Many, unsuspectingly end up entangled in the traps of these vile creatures. The product of their misdeeds is erroneously considered by the ignorant as a personal victory and a demonstration of intelligence and leadership.
The children of God must be very careful when they observe the actions of these individuals to not be swayed by their lies and their honeyed words. God has given us the discernment to not be misled by the siren song of these evildoers. The more we rely on the word of God the better we will be protected from the scams and traps that they will try to use against us. let us not neglect, then, the daily study of God’s word which along with the application of that word to our lives will result in strength and intelligence not to believe the lies of these slaves of Satan or get carried away by their bad examples. Close to God nothing can deviate us from the path of righteousness.To God alone be the glory!
I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.
Everyone craves peace and justice. The only problem is that the peace and justice that we all crave is the one that concerns us exclusively. That is, while I have peace and satisfy my personal desire for justice I will be content and indifferent to whether others are enjoying the same privileges or not. The problem is not lack of peace or justice. The problem is the selfishness with which we treat everything around us and anything that has to do with our lives. That is reason we are always ready to claim our rights and feel very annoyed when an injustice is committed against us but we do look the other way when injustice is committed on somebody else, especially if that somebody is deprived and cannot defend himself. Our concept of justice is exclusivist and accommodating, totally adapted to our personal interests. That is why the world will never know peace or have full justice until the Lord Jesus Christ reigns over all the earth and anyone who opposes him is just eliminated.
It is our responsibility as children of God to promote the ethical and moral principles of the gospel message. The Kingdom of God has its charter and the text of this document we can find in the Sermon on the Mount. The word of God contains everything you need to establish, at least around us and within our sphere of influence, the justice and peace we all crave. All that is required is obedience to the word of God and placing our faith in Jesus Christ alone, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Do you want to see peace and justice in your life? Start at your intimate circle and expand the application of the principles available in God’s word to all your sphere of influence. This way you will be testifying to the presence of Christ in your heart and you’ll be announcing the name of God to all generations. To God alone be the glory!
I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
like the mute, who cannot speak;
I have become like one who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.
Much has been discussed as to what should be the response of the son of God when dealing with an attack. The first thing that comes to mind is the model that the Lord Jesus Christ gave us when he said that the principle of “eye for eye, and tooth for tooth” was not fair and that turning the other cheek if someone strikes us is the right thing to do. The world did not appreciate this teaching and an eye for an eye is kept alive in many hearts because it is a fundamental part of human nature, treacherous and full of evil. More recently, it was Mahatma Gandhi who said the famous and witty phrase “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind,” but humanity has not paid much attention to him either.
The biblical model of response to aggression is to make ourselves deaf and not hear the insults that are thrown at us or pay attention to the insults that are hurled at us and make ourselves dumb so we do not respond to these insults with more offenses. Although this teaching is similar to the eastern representation called “The Three Wise Monkeys” it is not interpreted in the same way as the Japanese do who have established it as a kind of ethical principle and “Golden Rule.” While this latter idea is not the same to the biblical principle ─ though the word of God has many instructions from which the maximum can be inferred ─ the Japanese use of the three primates serves as a nice illustration of what should be our attitude toward the attacks of Satan and the world.
So when someone insults you, remember the three monkeys and keep silent and ignore the aggression. Remember that revenge and retribution belongs to God and that he will not ignore the affront to which you were subjected. Do not get carried away by emotions of anger and the desire to retaliate unworthily. Put your hope in God and he will answer for you. Let us follow the example that our Lord Jesus Christ left us. To God alone be the glory!
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The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews tells us: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Although we can not see God, we know that he exists and that he is aware and watchful of all those who have accepted His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. Just as we know that he exists we are sure that his eyes are constantly upon us to protect us from the attacks of our enemies. Some believe that God exists, and that after creating the universe he devoted to other things and he no longer was interested or wanted to have anything to do with what happens in this world. This is just a way of approaching atheism without leaving all of theism.. It’s a kind of middle ground that is neither hot nor cold but lukewarm. Either you believe in God and everything he represents and everything he claims to be and be able to do or you do not believe in him at all. God can not be heedless of his creation. It was for the sake of all mankind that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to take upon his shoulders the death sentence that we deserved as sinners.
In the same way we believe in the existence of God we are convinced that God is opposed to evil and injustice. All those who have made his life a source of evil, a shedding of innocent blood and an abuse of power are under the cross hairs of God’s sight. Judgement, punishment and painful retribution for all their wrongdoing are the things that God has in store for them. It is likely that at this time you are being subjected to persecution or injustice. It is very likely that you think that God is taking too long to respond or has completely abandoned you. Those are the lies that the enemy loves to use to make our life impossible. Remember what God’s word says and continue to put your hope in the Almighty and in his powerful name. To God alone be the glory!
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.
For the vast majority of Christians ─ if not for all ─ persecution by the world begins as soon as we identify ourselves as children of God. As soon as this happens society, with maybe the notable exception of some cultures that were formed in the light of Protestantism, begins to stereotype the son of God as being intolerant, religious, judgmental, bitter, bigoted, pompous and old-fashioned. We must recognize that some who profess to be children of God fit perfectly with this unfortunate description of the personality of the child of God and because of this they have given Christianity a very bad image. Many spiritually immature Christians assume an extremely legalistic position that can only reinforce the stereotype described above. In any case, as soon as we identify ourselves as people of God the attacks, the scorns and the insults start. For many this attitude of the world towards the children of God is daunting and frightening. Many can not stand the pressure of society and family and return overwhelmed to the world and its passions. They do not understand that God protects and guides his people through storms, disturbances, riots, conflagrations, plagues, floods, droughts or any other natural disaster.
The strength of God’s people is the LORD. He is our Shepherd and Leader. Under his watchful eye we will be safe because he does not rest or sleep. His love is bigger than the universe and he has demonstrated it through the work of His Son Jesus Christ. It is he who guides us in paths of righteousness to take us to our heavenly destiny, ie his presence. He only expects of us to show him respect, recognition and obedience. He only wants us to act with justice, mercy and humility. If the Master was rejected, how much more we will be rejected, but not for who we are but for what we represent. Being aware of the protection we have, let us meet our commitment to be witnesses of his love and the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest. Only God can save us, bless us and guide us. To God alone be the glory!
With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.
For the children of God it should not be a secret that the strength comes from God. It seems simple to say and to understand, but in practice we forget this great truth and believe the lie that we have been fed since childhood. In practice we ended up relying on our own strengths, skills and resources to address the difficulties that stand in our way. Not surprisingly, then, that from time to time we have to stand up to situations whose only purpose is for us to learn how to trust in God and not in our own strength. Do not let pride keep you from listening to the voice of the Spirit of God leading to all obedience and good behavior. Let us always to consider the purpose of the trial and learn how to depend more and more of God.
That with the help of God we can confront armies does not mean that when we find a closed door on our way we have to tear it down. God opens and closes doors and sometimes, even when our purposes look right, God blocks the way for us to lead us in another direction. He knows better than anyone what is best for us and always will be pointing the way for us to find the path of justice and truth. Do not feel afraid of any difficulties that interfere with our progress in the path to God. As long as we go in the right direction God’s strength will be supporting us to overcome all that opposes us. To God alone be the glory!