“There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
the way of a man with a young woman.
Tracks are important. Oftentimes they are useful to help the hunter find the piece he wants to capture. For the experienced hunter, the ground is a clear map where the traces of the prey indicate in which direction it moves, if it is accompanied and the time elapsed since the target went through that place. These traces can not be detected in rocky terrain, water or air because there is no footprint of any kind to determine the trajectory executed by the animal. The paths in which we travel are no more than the accumulation of traces of all persons and vehicles that have followed that way. That is, the superposition of traces results in the creation and persistence of the road. Perhaps this is what the great Spanish poet Antonio Machado wanted to say with
Wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
The child of God who fulfills his purpose always leaves a trace. Even after leaving the world to meet the Lord in the heavenly mansion, the memory and example of his good works and all he did for the service and glory of his Lord remains. Unfortunately, there are a few children of God that pass through this world and do not leave the slightest trace of their stay. They are like dry branches that give volume to the tree but do not produce leaves or flowers or fruit. For the new year that is quickly approaching let us resolve to leave a lasting trace, not so much that people know that so and so happened to pass through here but to reflect the glory of God that, in the end, is the main purpose of our existence. To God alone be the glory!
A person’s steps are directed by the LORD.
How then can anyone understand their own way?
The eternal questions of man remain the great unknowns without apparent response. Who am I? Where did I come? Why am I here? The answers to these and many other questions have been revealed since the creation of the world and despite being available at a glance men have preferred to ignore them. Men chose digressing in their futile arguments over drinking from the fountain of wisdom that has always been there, visible and available, right under their noses. And although some of them who think they are very clever believe they have managed to unravel the mystery by their own reasoning and efforts, the truth is that they still are shrouded in darkness and do not know what course to take to understand the purpose of their lives and achieve happiness. How can they understand the plan of God if they stubbornly refuse to believe that God exists?
The universe is expanding and no one knows how it acquired the momentum or where it came from. Philosophers and scientists have agreed to try to reach the truth by different paths but could not achieve anything because they seek the truth with erroneous assumptions and their reasoning is flawed. The only possible way to find the answer to all the doubts and concerns of human beings is through Jesus Christ the Savior. Only Jesus Christ can say with all property that he is the way and the truth and the life. Only he can say with certainty that no one can come to the Father except through Him. Emanuel, God with us, is the only answer to every man’s existential concern. You can trust him.To God alone be the glory!
Do not envy the violent
or choose any of their ways.
For the LORD detests the perverse
but takes the upright into his confidence.
One of the things that the world has been very successful at is the glorification of the anti-values. It is not surprising to see how humanity in general is rampant in a suicidal career to accumulate goods and money as if it were the demonstration of having achieved success in their lives. Slowly but surely, the world moves from an ambiguous postmodernism to a rather clear inversionism where everything good is replaced by what until now had been considered unworthy. Where postmodernism tried to expand the possibilities to reach God in various ways (something impossible to do by any way by the way) inversionism intends to establish atheism as the truth. The arts, especially music, have taken paths of chaos and bad taste that our young people absorb as the most sublime. Peace is replaced with violence manifested in the rise of drug trafficking, wars and killings. I often wonder if the increase in drug trafficking that is observed in some Latin American countries is not a component of the vaunted asymmetric warfare whose aim would be to saturate the market with abundant supply of drugs to destroy the society of the United States from the inside.
Look around you. The current culture is materialistic, selfish, epicurean, focused on the immediate, always in search for the grotesque and confrontational. Those who think that in this manner they are going to achieve peace, security and progress are totally wrong. Let us not be drawn into the world and its empty promises. There is no greater treasure than to count on the good will of God. The trials and persecutions will allow us to refine our character so all we need is to have an ever stronger relationship with the Lord Jesus. With our spirit transformed and aligned with the Spirit of God we can advance through any trial or difficulty. To God alone be the glory!
Desire without knowledge is not good—
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
For many people patience is an unknown virtue. Not that they ignore what patience is, it is just that they have never been able to observe it and practice it in their lives. Our sinful nature seeks immediate gratification and therefore it is not very fond of waiting patiently for anything or anyone. We want everything right here and right now and the world, one of our fiercest enemies, takes advantage of this weakness to make us fall and to stunt our spiritual growth. Usually our enthusiasm is stronger than our common sense and this makes us very impulsive, something that is also used by the world to keep us tied with heavy chains which hinder our progress toward sanctification. The same impulse that drives us to want to immediately reach maturity is what stands in our way to attain it. Therefore, impulsiveness is a bad adviser.
Let us not therefore be carried by our impulses and emotions which will only make us act thoughtlessly. Let us not make hasty decisions but let us set aside the time to properly consider the implications and consequences of our actions. Then, let us proceed cautiously and steadily toward the goal. Soon we will see how patience will help us advance steadily and surely toward the long-awaited spiritual maturity and growth in Christ.To God alone be the glory!
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
Understanding what it means to walk in the dark may be something difficult to grasp for those who are accustomed to the ubiquity of public lighting in streets and avenues and who also have easy access to the power distribution network to receive the energy necessary to light their homes and workplaces. Until the late nineteenth century, people depended on torches, candles and oil lamps to light streets and homes. Perhaps some have had the opportunity to camp in a forest on vacation and know what lightning with a kerosene or propane gas lamp looks like. Compared to electric lighting, these lamps do not provide much illumination but they are certainly better than nothing. Lightning is a matter of personal safety. A threat or an obstacle that can not be detected in time implies a high risk or an accident for sure. Even if we know where we are going, if we can not see the road it will be very difficult to reach our destination. In any case, there is nothing like having some light to avoid having to walk in total darkness.
God tells us that his word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. If we, who have the precious word of God and the benefits of being sons of God, sometimes stumble and fall; Can you imagine what life is like for those who do not know even one letter of the powerful word of God? Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world “to free from prison those who sit in darkness.” He said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Let us make sure, therefore, by our witness and our reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of those who until now have been blind, that those who today are in darkness will to get to know the true light that enlightens every man. Let us not forget that we also were called out of darkness into the marvelous light of God. To God alone be the glory!
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