“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
and have carried since you were born.
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
God’s promises are unswerving. As Samuel said: “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.” So far has helped us, why, then, you think that he is going to abandon us? Doubt comes naturally to humans. As rational beings, we accept only what can be perceived through the senses. A few other things we cannot perceive directly but we can infer by using logic and reason. For everyone is very difficult to discern the things that cannot be seen and this is where faith plays an important role. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews says that faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. With faith in God we know that He will grant us all that he has promised us. However, we must remember that there is a plan that has to take place rain or shine. This plan of God is perfect and contains some steps for us to complete. It is possible that some of the tasks that we must execute do not look nice and conducive to meeting the promises of God, but we can be sure that everything that happens or we get to do is what is best for us.
Let us rest, then, in the promises of God and let him take care of our welfare as we take care to obey his instructions. If God says he will care for us, sustain us and deliver us, we can be sure that he will. He has shown he is faithful since we were in our mother’s womb. Rest in him because for him nothing is impossible.To God alone be the glory!
The righteous person is rescued from trouble,
and it falls on the wicked instead.
Some think that for every good thing that we do we receive in return a blessing. Similarly, some think that for every bad thing we do a bad result is received in return. They believe in the “one for one.” They think that this thing of good and evil actions is a zero sum game where good and evil deeds are balanced with rewards and punishments. So when someone needs to receive a benefit he begins to act in good way with the hope that at some point he will receive what he desires. Others say that a good deed compensate a misdeed and his hope is that good deeds outweigh the bad ones to tip the scales in his favor. Unfortunately for them, this is not how things work in the spiritual world. It is true that the bad actions bring serious consequences and that good actions bring blessings, but for this to happen it is necessary to be consistent and coherent. We can not do something good just for the hope of receiving a blessing to later got back to our old ways and situation.
What God expects of us is obedience and respect. We must be consistent in this regard as God’s plans can only be understood in the medium and the long-term. Otherwise, we will not be pleasing to God and we will be giving very bad testimony of what God does and has done in our lives. What produces the blessing is to choose to walk in the path of justice. What produces the curse is to reject what God gives us with love and bring ourselves to walk in paths that only seem right to us because in reality they are not. Consider these things every time that you have to make a decision and make sure it is aligned with God’s plans. This is the expected behavior of a child of God. God will reward your dedication and commitment to him. To God alone be the glory!
We are brought down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground.
Rise up and help us;
rescue us because of your unfailing love.
One of the things that should clearly differentiate and separate the children of God from the wicked is the opposite approaches they use when facing difficulties. While the wicked falls into a deep panic when things do not go as he wants, the child of God takes things slowly and looks up to God because he knows he can rely on God because he’s the only one who can solve the predicament in which he finds himself. The wicked only rely on their own strength and when they run out of resources they end up thinking that there is nothing left to do and that all is lost. It is possible that the Christian believer finds himself in a situation when all is hopeless but he will still trust in God because on other occasions when he had found himself in similar situations, God has intervened on his behalf in ways that nobody could have ever imagined. When Satan attacked Job and took his children, his property and his cattle, his wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” It is interesting to note that Job’s wife knew that Job was acting with integrity and that what she was proposing to him was absolutely reprehensible.
And you, how do you react when adversity knocks on your door? Do you run madly to seek help from others and forget that your God is the only one who truly has the ability and power to solve all your issues? Do you give up because you think you have lost everything or otherwise wait patiently with hope for the timely moment of divine intervention? Do you blame God for what is happening to you or acknowledge that you’re the only one responsible for messing up your life because of your bad decisions? Do you act as God’s child or as an unbeliever? You still have time to rectify. Put your faith and hope in Jesus Christ and let him act. You’ll see how all situations begin to solve, how the blessings from God start pouring over you and how your attitude towards adversity changes. To God alone be the glory!
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Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them;
he rescued them from the grave.
Something that the word of God often mentions is that God listens to his children and that He talks to them as well. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews says, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” The real needs of man were met by the definitive response of the presence of God among us: Emanuel. Not only He dwelt among us, “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” said the apostle John, adding: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Why so many people wander trying to find the right direction for their lives? Three powerful enemies stand in the way of he who strives towards establishing a strong personal relationship with the Creator: Satan the enemy and destroyer, the flesh with its passions and excesses and finally the world with its false and misleading advertising.
If we walk with caution and remain alert to the dangerous situations in which any of these three enemies, alone or in collusion, could take advantage of us to make us fall, with God’s help we can move forward without encountering major obstacles in the path of a close and revitalizing relationship with our Father. With our eyes focused on our goal, with the help of the mighty hand of God and with much determination and courage, let us march toward that moment “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” For this we have been redeemed by Christ. To God alone be the glory!
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