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Right focus


When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
Psalms 73:16-17

If we let ourselves to be guided by the criteria of the world in terms of what counts as success it is very likely that the vast majority of the children of God will end up falling in the category of failures. In the eyes of postmodern society we are perceived as intolerant, inflexible, stubborn and unable to maintain an open dialogue, as though having certainty is something unacceptable. When truth is in our hands, at least in regard to the gospel message of Jesus of Nazareth, it is difficult to maintain an attitude of equanimity and humility and this not because of lack of direction by the Holy Spirit but because of our sinful nature that takes advantage of every opportunity, even the good things, to make us stumble and fall. Instead of feeling compassion, we feel contempt. Instead of love, we feel disdain for those who do not know God and do not want to know him. I remind you and I remind myself that we are in this world not to judge others but to share with them the glorious truth of the gospel. If they accept or not what we offer them, it is their problem and we should not feel bad when we are rejected because, in fact,  they are rejecting the Lord Jesus himself.

Do not look, then, with envy the apparent success of those who reject God and have created a god to suit them, in their personal style, in other words, an idol. As the saying goes, comparisons are always odious. Let us not compare ourselves with them because it makes no sense. Our eyes and thoughts should be fixed in the hope of the imminent return of Christ for His bride, the church. Focusing on the views of those who foolishly oppose the message of salvation is to waste time while many souls are being lost forever. Let us stop complaining and let us learn to live with contentment, which is the key to not getting caught up in the subtle snares of the world. In Jesus Christ we have victory and all that we need. Only to God be the glory!

Today’s word for June 14, 2011


 

The chariots of God are tens of thousands
and thousands of thousands;
the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary
Psalm 68:17

It’s really amazing how some people have taken an adversarial position toward God. These people are like those on the beach that prefer to ignore the warnings of high surf and strong undertow and go into the water assuming a huge risk. Many have lost their lives for being so daring or so ignorant or both. If someone naturally enjoys living in the midst of conflicts, he better make very good selection of his opponents. People who oppose God have made the worst decision of their lives when looking for a confrontation with the most powerful being there is and who is above all things. It is a lost battle even before it begins. Still, these people stubbornly seek to destroy the work of God oppose God’s plans.

I love the history of the Syrian army when it laid siege to the city of Dothan in the time of the prophet Elisha. When Elisha’s servant, got up in the morning to leave the city he saw it was completely surrounded by the Syrian army. Panicky, the servant goes to his boss Elisha saying “ Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” Elisha replied with a prayer asking God to open the eyes of his servant. The Lord answered and Elisha’s servant could see the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Although the Syrian army did not suffer any casualties, despite the chariots of fire of God who were ready to utterly destroy but were not mobilized, the Syrian army was completely defeated and taken prisoner. Enemies of God do not be fooled! God has a powerful army at his service and will launch it at the right time as per his perfect plan. Woe to those who want to deal with this invincible military force! It would have been better for them not be born. Remember what God told Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah through the Levite Jahaziel: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Only to God be the glory!