We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.
Ignorance is something quite dangerous. People who do not know God ─ and even many who do─ are naturally willing to put their hope in anything or anyone. This is how many unscrupulous politicians ─ which one is not? ─ take advantage of this feature of the human race to exploit the ignorant people. Which, by the way it is something that also white-collar crooks do. People put their hope in politicians, warlords, social programs, campaign promises, the lottery jackpot, offers of healing, easy methods to achieve happiness, weight-loss products, saints, witches, horoscopes, psychics, herbs to increase sexual potency, girdles to improve the female figure, creams to remove wrinkles , perfumes to attract mates, capsules that solve all kinds of health problems such as dandruff at the top and corns at the bottom and all that lies between these two afflictions including caries, colitis, cancer and cataracts and financial plans to become a millionaire in a very short time. When people have needs, whoever comes with any offer, whether true or false, will be received with joy and people will pay close attention to him. Whatever the deceiver says , the needy and dispossessed will put their hope in the hope trafficker because they are unaware of who is the only real hope.
Let us stop dreaming and fantasizing and let us put our feet on the ground. The solution is not to create policies to try to solve the problems of society to improve the living conditions of man. Rather, the solution is to transform man so that he in turn transforms society and we can all live in a better world. Neither politics nor religion can do anything for man. Only Jesus Christ has the solution in his hands, dealing with men, one at a time to achieve their transformation by the renewing of their mind and with the love without limits shown on the cross of Mount Calvary. Christ is the only solution, period. Put your hope in him alone. To God alone be the glory!
Those who trust in themselves are fools,
but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
There are people who have many talents and skills to successfully fulfill the tasks entrusted to them. His intelligence is usually above average and everything they take on they achieve easily. So far so good. The only problem is that these people are so skilled to carry out most tasks that they end up developing an attitude of arrogance and independence. When adversity comes, they face it with their own skills and abilities being very confident that they will, only with their own resources, overcome anything that gets in their way. They no longer depend on the help of others, much less on God’s protection. Arrogance has taken control of their thinking and behavior and thus end up denying the Author of life and salvation. Their glory is to be self-sufficient.
Unfortunately for them,overcoming difficulties requires more than self-sufficiency and ability. Hence, this attitude is very dangerous because when they fail, they say it was because of their of bad luck thus denying the existence of God and his involvement in the matter. Obstacles are not intended to test our ability to overcome them through our own strength. Obstacles are intended to test our faith in God. If whenever we run into an obstacle we only rely on ourselves and our strength to move forward, we will never have the joy of seeing God’s work in our lives because we are not allowing him to perform the part that corresponds to him and only him. Let us recognize that all our abilities come from God. Let us learn to depend less and less of our own forces and capabilities and rely more on God and his power. Only then can we properly exercise our faith. To God alone be the glory!
When the LORD heard them, he was furious;
his fire broke out against Jacob,
and his wrath rose against Israel,
for they did not believe in God
or trust in his deliverance.
Our human inability to comprehend God has led many to conclude erroneously that the God described in the Old Testament is totally different from the God of the New Testament. The restrictions and limitations we all have to understand that God is far beyond what we can reason has led many to fall into unproductive discussions and doctrinal positions at odds with orthodoxy. Our handling of the concepts of love and mercy prevent us from finding reconciliation with the concepts of justice and truth. We constantly ask how is it possible that God is love and at the same time he is a consuming fire? This mistaken view is based on our pride. We think that we are like God and so we attempt to analyze him in light of our own experience as if he were human. Some even try to place themselves above God and want to circumscribe him within a completely understandable and manageable concept that their clumsy and dull minds can understand.
God is and can be all that he says he is and can be. For him nothing is impossible. Our reasoning can not preclude the existence and quality of our heavenly Father. He created us and not the other way around. His existence does not depend on our understanding. With humility and obedience let us recognize our own limitations and the majesty and authority of our God. He loves us and wants the best for us and will do whatever is necessary to accomplish it whether we like it and understanding it or not. Let us not be foolish and let us stop prompting his anger which may seem to our weak minds as something inconsistent or incompatible with his love. Many have been driven by their human reasoning to their own grief. God first loved us, let us accept his love and justice. To God alone be the glory!
Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
when they have done you no harm.
One of the benefits of having the wisdom that comes from above is that decisions can be made in light of a clear and well-defined ethics. The advantage of this is that as human beings we find it very easy to rationalize any decision we make be it good or bad. In everything we do we find a justification and Presto! our bad decisions cease to bother our conscience. That’s why so many people have trouble recognizing that they have sinned when confronted by the reality of the gospel of Christ. Our ability to find a loophole to any idea or thought that involves submission or obedience to an ethical or legal principle is huge, especially now that postmodernism has opened the doors wide open to ambiguity. We know that defrauding your neighbor is a highly questionable behavior but when we do, we can easily find plenty of reasons to give legitimacy to our bad actions.
The difference between wisdom from above and earthly wisdom is so obvious. The first seeks to do the right thing while the second does what she wants, no matter if it’s good or bad and then justifies it. The wisdom from above allows the possessor to walk in the fear of God. Reverence, that is respect and obedience to God is the foundation of the fear of God and is the basis of knowledge and heavenly wisdom. Let us recognize the limitations that as humans we have to make good decisions and let us act according to the direction we can receive directly from God through his Word. Only then can we be sure we are doing the right thing.To God alone be the glory!
The greedy stir up conflict,
but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.
Greed is extremely dangerous. Misused ambition leads many to foment violence and chaos. Those who understand their passions and have the wisdom to control what their sinful nature demands of them can channel their ambition for private gain without affecting others. History is filled with greedy characters who led the world into bloody and fratricidal wars with consequences that are still present even centuries later. Ambition is a powerful force that ends up controlling whom has it. Its effects on those around us are staggering because greed cuts off compassion. He who puts his trust in the Lord, on the contrary does not let his passions lead him and makes every effort not to harm his neighbor, and God prospers him accordingly.
What kind of life we are living? What are our priorities? What value do we place the needs of those around us? What do we feel towards them? Pity? Contempt? What are the motives that impel us to move forward in whatever our path? Somewhere along this path we trod we must pause to look at the road map and the compass to verify that we are moving in the right direction. When was the last time you checked your course? In the word of God we can find all the direction we need to progress in our journey to the eternal presence of God. Consult this road map and this compass frequently. To God alone be the glory!
They spoke against God;
they said, “Can God really
spread a table in the wilderness?
True, he struck the rock,
and water gushed out,
streams flowed abundantly,
but can he also give us bread?
Can he supply meat for his people?”
We do not like to admit it but more are the moments when we doubt God than the times when we believe him. We know perfectly what are the promises that God has given us but we’re not really sure when he will meet them of if they will come to pass at all. When we see that some of the promises of God are not becoming a reality in our lives we wonder: Maybe that promise is not for me? Could it be that I’m doing something wrong that keeps this promise from being fulfilled? Has God forgotten that I exist? Can God really bring out those wonderful things he has promised? and many other questions like that. Just as faith pleases God, grumbling and complaining displeases him. We must realize that our responsibility is to believe and we can not expect to receive blessings and to see results without having done our part of exercising our faith in full. James, the brother of the Lord Jesus put it this way: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 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.” 
In matters of faith we need much patience to prevent doubt cast by our enemy from entering our minds. In any case, by grace, God’s plan will be fulfilled in spite of our doubts, griping and complaining, but it is better to have faith as we are the main beneficiaries when we exercise faith, even if the promises are not fulfilled in our lifetime. Enough of doubt and griping! Let us exercise our faith! To God alone be the glory!
 James 1:5-8
By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD,
and trouble came to Moses because of them;
for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,
and rash words came from Moses’ lips.
Oftentimes when things go wrong the responsibility for what happened lies with the leaders. No wonder, since those who are in leadership positions are granted more power and this implies a greater accountability for the outcomes of their decisions. A good leader knows what he is exposed to and when something does not go as expected he takes full responsibility for what happened. However, on rare occasions, the responsibility lies not with the leader but on the followers. In the case of the popular protest against Moses because the shortage of water in the desert, the level of gossip of the people was so strong and so repetitive that it made Moses, an extremely humble man, to loose his cool and he ended up acting stupid and rashly carrying out the instructions that God gave him. Moses could blame the people, in fact, God disciplined the people for this and many other instances of complaint and murmuring. Moses’ failure was a result of his rebellious spirit which considered that what God had ordered him to do was a nuisance for his life.
We all receive God’s direction but sometimes we believe that the way we resolve the issues is better than God’s way and we end up rebelling against him. The basis for rebellion is pride and disobedience and we know that none of these things is pleasing to the Lord. When God commands us to do something and we think that there is a better way to do it, we should immediately stop and analyze where we are failing and identify what we need to do to fulfill God’s instructions to the letter. Otherwise it is very likely that we will end up falling into the deep pit of error and sin. Let us heed the voice of God and let us allow his Holy Spirit to lead us into the path of righteousness. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged anger, Christianity, discipline, God, Holy Spirit, Moses, obedience, Psalms, rash, rebellion, sin, trouble, trust, wisdom, words
He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
Scientific and technological advances are difficult to ignore. Every day a new technology application is developed to improve our health or our wellbeing. Millions of Euros and Dollars are spent daily on scientific research and companies that engage in this research generate large fortunes for their stockholders. Hence, science has a reputation as a generator of well-being and progress to the point that science has replaced faith in many areas of knowledge. While the areas of application are different, many have used science to discredit faith. It is like an expert in History of the French Revolution questioning the advances in Cell Physiology and vice versa. Science deals with what can be seen and what can be felt and measured. Faith deals with things that cannot be seen and cannot be measured physically. At some points these two study areas overlap and that is where the most heated arguments arise between believers and scientists. Both try to claim that little common ground for themselves.
We can find one of these points of overlap in the study of the origins of the universe, life and our planet. The vast majority of scientists have rejected a priori the option that God’s hand has intervened in the creation process of all we can see today. Arrogantly they raise and wield their ever-changing theories, which they take for truth though most of them have proved to be defective. When this happens, they simply create a new theory to replace the one that has failed, which serves to keep them occupied until the new theory is also found to be false. The word of God on the other hand is consistent and reliable. God’s promises are true and need not be exchanged for new promises. God is faithful and his word is trustworthy. This is something that science will never achieve. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged Christianity, earth, foundation, God, Jesus, knowledge, life, mountains, Psalms, trust, truth, water, wisdom
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
It is no secret that the world is facing an economic crisis of such magnitude not seen since the decade of the 20s of the last century, that is, almost one hundred years ago. Not only individuals have been affected by the financial meltdown, entire countries are in serious trouble today and they have not been able to recover from the economic quagmire in which they have sunk. We have the examples of Greece, Spain and Portugal, to name a few economies that in the recent past looked with some strength and are now on the verge of default. Latin American economies have seen an improvement in the last two years with the notable exception of Venezuela, but in any case, apart from Brazil, this growth does not look sustainable in the medium and long term. Even economies that were rapidly growing such as the case of China are suffering some effects of slowing down. In the U.S., the unemployment situation has not been resolved despite strong capital injections by the government in order to revive the economy. Even the rich are worried because many of them have seen their fortunes reduced by the effect of falling financial markets.
The things that are happening are signs that the end is approaching. For those who live depending on the riches they have accumulated this is a worrying situation. For those who have placed their trust in God and depend only on him, the current financial crisis is just a sneeze of the many that the world has experienced since its inception. How does the current crisis affect you? Are you at risk of a financial disaster or are you sure the Lord will watch over you and provide everything you and your family need? Do not put your trust in riches because they are unreliable. Your hope must be based on the power of God and the love he has shown you. Seek his guidance and consult with him before making any decision that may have an impact on your financial stability. He will give you the best guidance available. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged Christianity, death, deliverance, faith, God, hope, Jesus, love, Proverbs 11, righteousness, trust, wealth, wisdom, worthless, wrath
‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?’
Isaiah 20:6 b
Curiosity makes people pay attention to the appealing messages of those who are only interested in destruction. Instability and lack of discernment makes folks put their hope in anything that presumes to have but has no real power to build. Some boast of having much power and might at some point in time exercise dominion over others, but no one has all the power all the time as our God Almighty does. From our personal perspective, usually limited to the here and now, we can’t clearly see the evolution of time and the permanence and strength of God’s plan, which means that sometimes we make wrong decisions relying on alleged strengths that end up weakening and crumbling before the presence of a higher power.
In what or who have you put your trust? Your money, your job, your possessions, your education, your knowledge, your skills, your family, your friends, your connections, your status, the color of your skin, your attractiveness, your personality and all those beings or things which somehow make you feel safe and secure, will at some point cease protecting you and you’ll be naked and abandoned to the mercy of your enemies and your circumstances. If, on the other hand, we wisely put our hope in God, we will never be disappointed and we will always have his love and mercy, though the days are evil. Let us identify the things that give us a false sense of security and replace our reliance on those things for hope in God alone. Thus we will stop relying on the dubious and uncertain strengths and our accomplishments will only depend on the one who is truly reliable and true, our Lord Jesus Christ. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Isaiah
Tagged Christianity, deliverance, escape, faith, help, hope, Isaiah 20, Jesus, life, love, reliance, salvation, spirituality, trust, wisdom