The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
Many evil people, not necessarily atheists or agnostics, justify their evil deeds because they supposedly have been done to ensure the welfare of their loved ones. Of course, this is just a demonstration of the pride that reigns in their hearts that makes them think that their loved ones should have more privileges than the rest of humanity. Protected by this false justification they oppress their neighbors and they find ways to place their relatives in strategic positions that guarantee them a high standard of living even if they do not have the skills necessary to fulfill the assigned duties, thus leading them to live in corruption . In order not to feel alone in their spiritual mediocrity they advise others to think the same way they do and say things like, “If it is to feed your children, stealing is not bad.” These people say these things because their crass ignorance keeps them from realizing that all we are, or have received comes from the generous hand of God. Those who justify a bad action will stop at nothing to justify any other wrongdoing. If stealing is not wrong then lying, greed, hate, getting carried away by low passions and killing is not bad.
Let us be clear, nothing, absolutely nothing can justify a sin. The Lord does not need to use lies to carry out his plans and he will not either because this would go against his holiness, honor, glory and existence. As children of God we are constantly going through certain situations whose purpose is largely to learn to trust fully in God. Trying to get out of those situations by means of sin is like copying or cheating on an exam. Can anyone be proud to have gotten high marks in an academic test as a result of a dishonest action? Only evil heart may think so. Let us learn how to depend on God in every situation. If we do we will be serving and pleasing God and he will honor us. Otherwise we will only be giving a bad example and many will take advantage of our failures to discredit God, as if this were possible. God is not too far to save. Only to God be the glory!
Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.
Everyone would like to live in a world controlled by justice but only to the extent that justice is not applied to them. All of us demand that the law is applied to its full extent but do not like it when the law is enforced upon us. Today’s world is but a reflection of these ideas that are present in every culture and nation because they are part of the sinful nature of man. That is why in the world can never find justice that prevails and happiness for everyone. However, although global justice is violated in many ways, on the spiritual realm there is a justice that cannot be violated or avoided. We are talking about divine justice. This is a justice which are not used to and when we have seen it applied it amazes some people and many even deny it because they can not understand it. In the narratives of the Bible that show this justice in action, some see a vengeful and cruel God and it is very difficult for them to accept that God is the same God who speaks of love. Because of their inability to understand that God is both love and justice numerous heresies have come about, including that of the Gnostics and also ideas such as the widely known but false Eastern dualism and its balance of yin and yang.
As children of God we must see justice as a hope because God’s time not our time. His “Kairos” is not our “kronos” and his thoughts are far above ours. We long for justice, we want to see it in action, but God will not apply it until he sees fit. Conventional wisdom puts it this way: “God delays but does not forget.” Meanwhile, we live with the conviction that his justice will soon come and it cannot be avoided. The wicked will receive their just retribution and the just will receive recognition from God. Love and Justice will converge in one point, the person of Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords. Only to God be the glory!
The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers,
but the root of the righteous endures.
Bad people live in trouble all the time but pretend otherwise. They are guided by their sinful nature which causes them numerous setbacks and makes them stumble and fall more often than they would like. Their hearts are filled with evil desires, which can adversely impact them in two different but complementary ways. Firstly the principle of reciprocity cannot be violated and every evil thought they produce becomes a boomerang against them which hits them with the same intensity with which they wish evil to their neighbors. Moreover, bad intentions make the evildoers rationalize their behavior and they end up convinced that the end justifies the means so they will do everything in their hands, usually bad actions, to achieve their goal of harming others, falling deeper in their spiritual failure.
The upright, however, allow their life to be led by the Holy Spirit of God, so they don’t have to worry about reciprocity. On the contrary, their good wishes are a source of continuous blessings for them. Also the Holy Spirit imparts them wisdom and discernment so they can realize immediately whether the actions to be undertaken are good or evil before falling into temptation, giving them time to rectify. How do you live? Want to live afraid that your evil desires result in serious consequences for your life? Or do you let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit to live peaceful and confidently? The choice is yours. Seek the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart and he will give you life and direction. Follow his steps at all times and do not let the carnal nature dominate your thoughts and your behavior. God will give you a firm victory. Only to God be the glory!
The plans of the righteous are just,
but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
The wicked do not always look like the villains in Hollywood films. In fact, many of them are cleverly disguised beings full of kindness who offer the world apparently useful tips but in reality are cruel beasts preying on the naive and the reckless. They only seek personal glory and destruction of everything that represents goodness and justice. In their hearts there is no trace of the slightest scruples and doing evil gives them immense pleasure. Their favorite weapon is the weapon of his father, deceit. Those who ignore their trickery quickly and easily become victims of their evil purposes. By contrast, the just enjoy goodness and justice. Their weapons are truth, justice, faith, God’s word and love. Their desire is to continually do good to others despite they are recognized for it or not. Their plans are always aligned with the plan that God has prepared for mankind and the rest of creation.
Do you prefer personal glory or the good of your neighbor? To build or to destroy? Do you enjoy seeing others suffer or feel sincere sympathy for the toils of those around you? Only you can decide for which of the two teams you are going to work. A warning, your nature will always tend to align with the team of the wicked. Their behaviors will always seem to be more fun and exciting. Your natural inclination will pull you away from God. Therefore, you must be very careful for the path of righteousness and justice is narrow and it is very easy to deviate from it. If you still want to join the winning side despite of what your body is asking lean on the transforming power of God that can free you from the bondage of sin, bad behaviors and harmful habits. God is only asking you to act with justice, mercy and humility. This is not much to ask, or is it? Hold fast to Christ and you will know what it means to overcome. To God alone be the glory!
The righteous detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.
Many people think that the children of God must stand silent and not express their opinion about the evil deeds with which the wicked have filled the world. However, there are many things that are non-negotiable for the son God because God does not accept compromises. One of these things that God does not tolerate is injustice. The wicked, on the other hand, rejoice in injustice and make it their favorite tool when it comes to exercise and abuse the power with which the world has rewarded them for their wrongdoings. For the Son of God all evidence of injustice and evil must be rejected and condemned and the perpetrators must be rebuked publicly. Many become discouraged because most of the time their complaints do not produce the expected results. We must understand that the world is under the control of evil and evil will always take precedence and it will remain so until the Lord Jesus Christ returns and puts an end to all evil.
The child of God should feel angry when faced with injustice. His response to evil cannot be cold indifference or cowardly flight. Popular wisdom tell us that “Silence speaks volumes”, so if we remain silent to injustice we are in fact accepting and approving it and that is not pleasing to our heavenly Father. If the presence of evil does not cause repulsion to you, your life is not being controlled by the Holy Spirit of God and you run the risk of eventually committing the same injustices to which you remain silent today. May the reason for our daily prayer be to be guided by the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to our spirit and the word of God, engraved in our hearts pointing the right way. Remaining silent is not an option. As children of God must proclaim and defend justice and truth. To God alone be the glory!
The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
There are certain things that are difficult to understand for those who have been raised under the philosophy of postmodernism and unfortunately much of humanity belongs to this category. For example, for them it is tremendously difficult to understand that with God there is no middle ground. For them, the clear division between good and evil ─ without falling into the erroneous dualism ─ presented throughout the stories and teachings of the Word of God is simply incomprehensible. The prevailing relativity of our times considers that the biblical view is an outdated way of understanding life and therefore, they are constantly seeking ways to dilute the impact that these teachings have on the conscience of those who listen, either by directly attacking them or by simply ignoring them like the proverbial ostrich. Before God we have only two options. Either will we follow him or not. Either we obey him or not. Either we pay attention to him or ignore him. Either we repent or remain the beasts that we have been all of our lives. Either we surrender at his feet or reject his offer of reconciliation. Either we accept his incomparable love or refuse the greatest opportunity we will ever have.
The consequences of our actions are clearly defined before us so no excuse will be acceptable to elude the responsibility for our decisions. Faced with two possible outcomes one can only assume either one of two positions: to obey or disobey. Unfortunately, the human race has lost touch with reality and has submerged itself in an accommodating world in which all try to be as light as possible to make room for the uneven amalgam of worldviews that are needed to replace and satisfy the need of having personal contact with our creator. Instead of listening and following God, man has been driven by his carnal impulses and this decision can only bring catastrophic consequences upon him. Let us act, then, with wisdom at the fork in the road of our destiny. Let us follow the loving voice of the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ and choose the right path, the path of life and salvation. 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!
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!
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.
The aspiration of all peoples is to be governed with justice and equity. Everyone wants their rights to be respected and the least possible government interference in their normal activities as long as they are legal, of course. The sad reality is that this type of fair and balanced government is the exception not the rule and that is why we see so many rebellions like those now ocurring in some Arab nations. The world has always had its share of tyrants and oppressors whose sole purpose is the indiscriminate use of the power that has been given to them or that they have taken by force of arms and traps. When a wicked man rules, the people can only have woes and tribulations. The only way to get a solution that does not prove to be worse than the situation of tyranny that it seeks to correct is to ask God to remove the evil ruler. The trouble is that man has always thought that he can achieve anything that he proposes to do without the help of God and that is why people do not seek God with all their heart to receive liberation.
On the contrary, how much joy people experience when he who rules the destinies of a country is a righteous and God-fearing person. The direction of the Holy Spirit in his life ensures that decisions conduce to achieve the welfare of the people and that corruption is effectively punished to the delight of the masses. If you are suffering the rigors of finding yourself under a tyranny, seek God. Do not believe that mechanisms established by politicians and the military, violent or peaceful, will get you out of subservience. Only God has the power and authority to set or remove the authorities of a country or a nation. A nation that seeks God will have more opportunities to live ruled by an authority that really cares for their welfare than a country where people are unrighteous and full of idolatry. Look to God. To God alone be the glory!
The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
Many people blame God for all the evils that happen in this world. They question the presence of war, illness, tragedy, natural disasters, poverty and death. They argue that if God created all things, he also created evil as if evil was something created. Evil is simply the absence of good just as darkness is the absence of light. God created good and light. He did not create evil or darkness. Satan’s pride was what made the good move aside to leave room for wickedness. Later, through one man sin entered the world and from that moment everything was upset and all those evils for which many now blame God found place in creation and now they look unstoppable. They do not realize that evil ─the absence of good─ lies inherently in their nature and humanity as a whole is responsible for what happens in this world. If there is war it is because we give free rein to our natural passions and if poverty prevails it is because we do not to impose restrictions to the selfishness that characterizes us. And to make things worse, we have become insensitive to the suffering that subjugates most of the human race.
Let us help the helpless. We will not be able to eradicate world hunger and poverty but we will make life more tolerable for someone who happens to be a victim in this life. At the same time we will be imitating our Lord Jesus Christ who always showed incomparable compassion for the people who flocked to hear his words, to satisfy their hunger and to receive healing. We do not need to go far to find someone who needs our help and compassion. Let us give generously and share with others the many blessings we have received from God. To God alone be the glory!