Whenever God slew them, they would seek him;
they eagerly turned to him again.
They remembered that God was their Rock,
that God Most High was their Redeemer.
One characteristic of human behavior is its fickleness. We are too changeable. Our attention shifts focus at all times and we rarely concentrate on one idea. Our thoughts have no reins and we can hardly control them. In everything we act like that. If we want something, we insist and insist until finally we get it and then we put it away because something else has caught our interest. This fickleness applies in any aspect of our lives and is a serious weakness of character. Even with God we act like that. We cry out to God for a solution or something that we need and when God gives us what we are asking for we praise him. But this gratefulness is short-lived because once the need is gone we forget how it was that we reached peace. We forget that God is our savior and our provider and we return to our empty routines that bring us no benefit.
To bring us back to the way of righteousness God allows new situations which require us to raise our eyes to him and ask again for his help to once again give continuity to the vicious circle of need, pray, receive, appreciate and forget. Let us draw near to God with faith and ask for wisdom considering what James, the brother of the Lord Jesus tells us in his letter: “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” The apostle Paul said:” You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” The key is to stay in obedience considering everything from the perspective of faith with perseverance. Only then will we walk straight in the path of justice. Only to God be the glory!
Many seek an audience with a ruler,
but it is from the LORD that one gets justice.
Faith is not a natural thing for humans. In fact, even people who have achieved a high level of spiritual maturity sometimes have to deal with doubt. We are sensual beings, that is we live and move according to what our senses tell us. Even when facing the evidence we often say “Seeing is believing.” Many other times we behave exactly like the Apostle Thomas saying “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” In this sense the child of God can not behave as the rest of the world, wandering under the blanket of disbelief. The child of God must imitate the examples left us by the renowned heroes of faith of Chapter 11 of the Hebrews. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, etc., these are our examples to imitate.
The word of God also tells us about things that happened to those who are passionate about evil to serve as an example, so as not to imitate their bad behavior, which would expose us to the serious consequences of disobedience to God. Let us take, then, every trial and tribulation to come upon us as an excellent opportunity to develop and strengthen our faith. That is the purpose of the trial and if we do not take advantage of the troublesome situation to strengthen our faith we are wasting our time and demonstrating that we are short on intelligence. Let us , therefore, imitate the good and reject evil as our progress toward spiritual maturity depends on it. Let us not put our trust in humans regardless of all the power they may seem to have. Let us put our faith in the one person who is worthy of all confidence, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God. To God alone be the glory!
Plans are established by seeking advice;
so if you wage war, obtain guidance.
How many times has it happened to us that we make important decisions in haste and with little analysis and we end up committing serious errors which then we have to deplore for a long time? As in all things, planning is very important to our progress toward spiritual maturity. There are very few things that require that decisions be taken in a split second. For the vast majority of situations we face, we have enough time to review the case, consider the options, consult with our loved ones or with people with more experience, validate with the word of God, present our plans to God in prayer and wait for his illumination or his signal as to how to proceed. Of course, if in this preparation process we spend more time than necessary we may never get to be able to make informed decisions which would also have a negative impact for us.
When we do things in an orderly manner and everything is based on the word of God, God will give us a very quick response. If we act lightly or hastily God will not bless our decisions. So it depends on us that our decisions are made with quality and end up being a blessing for all. The word of God tells us that victory is won through many advisers.  Let us not consider ourselves wise in our own opinion but rather let us consider different approaches based on the diversity of the experience possessed by those who are willing to help us with good advice on the important tasks of planning and decision-making. That way we will be well prepared with a strategy in hand to address the situation before us. To God alone be the glory!
 Proverbs 11:14
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the LORD.
Man’s life is spent seeking to consolidate his security. From birth we seek the security that gives our mother’s breast and later we always look for the security that offers the coverage of our parents. We go to school to ensure that later we can find a good job. At work, we ensure that we can increase and maintain a steady revenue stream that allows us to meet our security of covering our basic needs and our daily living expenses. Also, if possible, we save money to make sure that we have enough resources in case we come across a contingency. We also seek financial security for our old age. And as we reach the end of our earthly journey we ensure that our death does not become a financial burden to our loved ones. Few realize that after physical death we have a long life, not in this world, for which we must be prepared and secured. We put our trust in the riches, few or many, that we may have. And so we spend a lifetime working hard to strengthen our security without realizing that true security can only come from God.
Where are the foundations of your strength? What makes you feel safe (or unsafe)? What situation do you think can occur that may cause you fear and shake your safety? What have you been doing about it? In any case you should first seek the support of God. Without it you will never have a real security. You need to do as the wise man who built his house on the rock. “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” We need to place all of our trust in God, seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness so all these things (including security) will be given to us as well. So let us not lose our sleep because of insecurity, but let us place all our troubles in the loving hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. Both now and in eternity there is no greater and firmer source of security than him. To God alone be the glory!
One thing I ask from the LORD,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
Many people attend Sunday services as a matter of habit. Perhaps they grew up in a Christian home and as children they were used to go to church to “comply” with the Lord. Maybe they think church attendance is a necessary but sufficient condition to stay in relationship with God. These folks ─many of them are not even Christians─, when they provide a good reference to their character they say “I go to church every Sunday,” as if going to church was a demonstration that they are good people. It is quite unfortunate that some individuals who regularly attend church on Sundays are not true children of God, or at least babies in Christ. The good news is that God continues to use the church and its leadership to convey to these folks a message of love and salvation. There is hope for them that at some point the word of God will penetrate the thick veil that covers their hearts so they can come to the feet of Jesus to be born again.
For those who have been born again, but see church attendance the same way as unbelievers do, I say that this has nothing to do with emotions. Attendance at Sunday worship should be something that contains a sense of anticipation of the worship, praise, teaching and fellowship that happens during the service. In our hearts there should be questions such as: What will God have to say to me today? Will I be able to pour my heart out to him during worship? Will I have a moment of fellowship with my brethren? Will I be able to apply in my life the lessons that I learn? Will I be able to serve the Lord? Please don’t do things out of habit or custom. We must be conscious of every step we take when we visit the temple of the Lord. The service will be of greater benefit to our lives. There we will be able to behold the beauty of the Lord and to rejoice in his presence. Will you join me? To God alone be the glory!