Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.
For those of us who are “enjoying” a very hot summer, the image of snow certainly gives us a nice sense of freshness. In a year when the drought has ravaged crops and decimated the water resources that are within our reach, we cannot wait for autumn and its inseparable successor, winter, to come with their cold and refreshing breaths. Enter a room with air conditioning after exposure even for a short time to the relentless and oppressive heat of the street and you will feel a pleasant sense of relief and tranquility. Likewise we can feel that we renew our spirit and relief takes the place of concern when we have someone responsible in charge of performing the tasks that have been assigned to him and he engages them with great commitment. As we apply the golden rule that Jesus taught us, when we happen to be the executors of the plan we must be very accountable and effective in performing the tasks under our responsibility in the same way we would like that others would carry out the activities we entrust them with.
Many times we do things just for the sake of seeing them fulfilled and to get rid of the concern that bothers us when the tasks have not been fully carried out. There is nothing wrong with that but it is better when the same activities are executed considering the welfare and peace of mind of those who ordered them. Let us be responsible with everything, small or large, that we have been given for our action. The joy of accomplishment and the satisfaction of he who has given us the responsibility of completing the task are the best awards that we can receive. To God alone be the glory!
Mount Bashan, majestic mountain,
Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
at the mountain where God chooses to reign,
where the LORD himself will dwell forever?
The Mountains of Bashan, known today as Jebel al-Druze, or Mountain of the Druze, is a chain of volcanic mountains located in southern Syria, northwest of Israel. In this region of Bashan, a long time ago, the giant king Og of the Amorites was defeated by Moses in the battle of Edrei during the conquest of the Promised Land. The volcanic origin of this chain of mountains is what makes it rugged and majestic, apart from the snow that falls in wintertime. What does this rugged mountain chain has to do with the hill of modest elevation where the city of Jerusalem is built? By the way the Psalmist asks the question is obvious that the question is rhetorical. Despite the heights represented by this chain of mountains ─high relative to the plains that prevail in the region, the city of Jerusalem is located even higher just because of the privilege of having God’s temple in her midst, the place chosen by God to receive the offerings and sacrifices of His people. From the allegorical standpoint, the mountains represent the military power of the empires that held the people of Israel under their control for long periods of time in the past.
No military power, not even the sum of all of them can cope successfully with the prodigious army of God. Many times our faith in God diminishes dangerously because our ignorance of the magnitude and immensity of God’s power. Many times we let ourselves be impressed by the apparent power of our enemy and we forget that only our God is the Almighty. He who has the power to create the universe, cannot He do what He pleases, as impossible as it may seem? Never lose sight of the enormous and immeasurable ability of God to get us out of any situation or predicament we find ourselves in. Let us claim to Him and He will do. Do not be impressed by the apparent power of the enemy. Nothing can stand in front of the power of God. To God alone be the glory!
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When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land,
it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.
When in the high mountains the temperature drops, the snow does not fall as in the idyllic images of the Christmas cards of the Nordic countries, whose illustrations often show a house in the woods with soft snowflakes falling vertically and very organized as in slow motion. Up in the mountains something very different usually happens; the snow falls but wind gusts disorderly move the snowflakes in any direction as they please. This chaos of snow-laden stormy winds frantically dancing everywhere and in every direction is a good picture of what is going to happen when the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to reign over the whole earth. Kings and rulers will see how their way of life ─oppression and abuse of people for personal gain─ will cease to be and they will have no place to run to escape the wrath and demand for justice that for years they have accumulated over their shoulders.
In view of so much injustice, death and destruction that the tyrannical rulers have inflicted upon their own people, the only resource we have left is hope. We crave for that moment where all justice will prevail and all rebellion and disobedience will disappear. “Peace, justice and joy” will be the motto of this new stage of creation where all people will finally enjoy a perfect government and true prosperity. As we wait for that time to come, let us prepare ourselves to serve the Lord in the area and with the skills that the Holy Spirit has given us. As faithful and wise servants, let us work with vigor until our beloved Lord returns and He finds us involved with His affairs. There, we will see his glory incomparable bring a new dawn. To God alone be the glory!
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Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.
Those who deny the existence of God see themselves as the center of the universe. Their “reality” is only that part of creation that they can detect through their senses. They only use reason ─with some minor modifications, obviously─ to convince themselves that their ideas are right and that the rest of humanity lives under the delusion that there is a Supreme Being. Their view is that since they can not see or hear God, he does not exist. Their science ─that a priori does not recognize God─ is based on the stochastic process─ here you have a new word, look it up in the dictionary and construct a sentence with it─ of evolution and a universe that emerged from an explosion (Big Bang) of concentrated matter. Of course they never bother to explain where that mass came from and how it reached that high state of concentration. They cannot explain how life started either. For them it is enough to assume for a fact the infinitesimal probability that supports their theories, not realizing that it is just that, a probability, and incidentally, infinitesimal. They do not realize that probability, as a coin, has two sides. So when talking about probabilities, we must also consider improbability which carries a heavier weight.
With God we have two options, ignore him or accept him. If we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we will be given life. If we reject him, we will remain on our previous condition, that is, spiritual death. To accept Christ means, among other things, to overcome, once and for all, the chronic stupidity that comes attached to mankind’s sinful nature. If you still do not have Christ in your heart, let your foolishness become wisdom through the transforming power of God. Open your mouth and say “Lord Jesus, I need you. I believe in you. Forgive me and save me. Take control of my life.” The veil placed over your heart will be immediately removed and you will see the glorious reality of salvation. To God alone be the glory!