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Framework


I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.
Psalm 119:59-60

Everyone thinks they are always doing what is right. This is so because many people do not have a good framework to determine what things are right or wrong. Not having something to compare with the behavior of the individual will always lead him to deceit because what he thinks is correct will only depend on what his being prompts. God gave man two great points of reference for all men to know where they stand. One is his conscience and the other is the word of God. In the absence of the word of God, conscience acts as a mechanism of checks and balances and can be very useful. Unfortunately, conscience can be silenced by the will and in fact, this is the situation of the vast majority of people who live next to a muted conscience. On the other hand, they have no way to shut  the word of God up because it carries the glorious message of truth and salvation. Where there is light darkness disappears, where there is truth deceit has no place.

This is the main reason why people do not like reading the word of God. Because of satanic pride nobody likes to be told that they have been acting improperly. Hence, as mentioned earlier, everyone  thinks that what they are doing is right and that their behavior needs no correction or adjustment. The word of God is inflexible and stands as an absolute standard to separate right from wrong. We may interpret it as we like but we can never change it. We can think whatever we want of it but we will never be able to lessen its authority and its absolute position and ability to discern right from wrong. The word of God is the food that we eat every day so we are not guided by our own opinion, which is very accommodating and will always yields to our passions. Only when we compare our actions with God expectations of us is that we can correct the course to return to the paths of God’s presence. Only to God be the glory!

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Fickleness


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.
Psalms 78:34-35

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!