I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.
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!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged Christianity, commands, consider, delay, God, haste, obey, righteousness, statutes, steps, turn, ways
[Wisdom will save you from men]…
who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
The way of the wicked is laid out very near the path of the righteous but leads to a very different destination. Its proximity to the path of truth makes it easy sometimes for those who walk the path of the righteous to get confused, forget about their goal and stray into the path of wickedness. Fortunately for the children of God the path of evil shows situations that when analyzed with the wisdom that God has granted to their children allow the wanderer to realize his error and return promptly to his rightful path as a child of God. The wisdom that God gives us through reading his reliable word serves, therefore, as a guide and guardian to helps us stay the course without turning. It also frees us from falling into the traps and pits that can be found in excess on the road to perdition.
Let us therefore continually check the health of our relationship with God and ask ourselves what we need to do to grow closer to our heavenly Father. A strong relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ will keep us firmly attached to him and focused on the path that God has prepared for us from before the creation of the universe. Search for wisdom as he who seeks for a hidden treasure, this will help you to understand what the fear the Lord means and deepen your knowledge of God. Possessing it, we will be protected at all times of the temptations and confusion that might divert us to the path of the shadows. Read the word of God every day. Only to God be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged crooked, delight, devious, evil, path, perverseness, salvation, ways, wicked, wisdom, wrong
Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
When we have lived for some time in the ways of the Lord, we often forget how bad our existence was before meeting the Lord and accepting him as Savior and Lord of our life. Some even become confused and make the mistake of looking at those gone days with nostalgia, as if returning to their former condition, apart from the Lord Jesus, would be a good thing. When having this attitude is easy to err and wander aimlessly. It’s easy to lose sight of our vision and therefore we begin to walk on the wrong paths. Because of the many errors and mistakes our lives fall into chaos and problems pile up on us. Noticing that we are weak, the enemy takes advantage to attack us more viciously. As the pressure increases so does despair and we end up feeling that we perish. For some strange reason, despite our sad condition, we refuse to raise our eyes and cry out to God to deliver us from the tangled situation.
The Lord is willing to eliminate the affliction that affects our lives but we must cry out to him. We must understand that he the power and the authority to provide the solution to our problem. We must believe that he is the only one who can give us a positive response because he has all the power and there is nobody like him. It is he who can guide our feet to return to the right path that leads to his presence. He is the one who can rescue us and take us out of the abyss in which we have fallen. No one else can bestow all these blessings and that should be very clear in our minds and our hearts. Everybody has problems. The difference is whom do we go to have these problems removed from our path. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. You’ll see how the gray clouds disappear to make way for the radiant light of a new dawn. Only to God be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, God, mistake, past, path, problems, situation, solution, trouble, walk, wandering, ways
Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
Some trails are wide and spacious and some are narrow and difficult. Some trails are flat and some are very steep. There are straight roads and also extremely tortuous roads. Some paths are full of shadows and others are clear and illuminated. There are dry roads and muddy paths. There are slippery trails and there are also firm trails. There are flat roads and rough roads. There are trails that lead us to the heights and paths that can lead us straight into the abyss. There are trails that are perennial and there are others that eventually disappear. Finally, there are many kinds of ways that most of us have travelled, must travel or will travel throughout our lives. So,what makes the traveler progress and feel serene regardless of the different circumstances of the terrain?And why many, though they have to move through paths full of obstacles and difficulties, feel safe and confident that the road, be it harsh or pleasant, will lead them to a good destination?
The difference, my dear friend, is who accompanies him on his journey. Who have you looked for to help you move smoothly, regardless of the vicissitudes of life? There is only one partner who can guarantee peace and joy and progress towards the ultimate and safe destination and he is the Lord Jesus Christ. In his hand, we need not fear because he is responsible for removing any obstacle that stands in our way and will allow us free rein to the presence of the Almighty. Take care, therefore, to be accompanied by the only person who can give assurance to successfully complete our journey regardless of the path we have to go through. Look to Christ and take his hand. To God alone be the glory!
Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
In the genetic map of humanity there are, among others, a couple of features which are typical to the human race: curiosity and a craving for knowledge. Man is the only physical being that has the ability to reason and to question what he sees and the conclusions of his reasoning. Many have used this capability inherent in human beings to make major strides in the epistemological, scientific and technological fields. Economically developed nations put away large sums in their budgets for scientific and technological progress aiming to achieve dominance over space and on other planets and their satellites. Many get involved in satisfying this thirst for knowledge to fill the void that is present in the life of every man. The more they learn, the more they want to know yet the more questions remain unanswered. Few realize the futility of their research.
King Solomon described this situation as follows: “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth—people getting no sleep day or night—then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.” Curiosity and the thirst for knowledge are there to encourage us to learn more about God. Unfortunately people are only concerned with knowing more about God’s work and has put aside the pursuit of knowledge of the Creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible. Let us increasingly seek to know God and his ways, and everything else will be added. Let us let God teach us, show us his ways and guide us by his truth. Only then we will gain wisdom. To God alone be the glory!
There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
To get from one place to another, there are always different options or routes to follow. Some of these routes enable us to reach our goal even if they look dissimilar. The differences usually are related to questions of travel distances, traffic volumes, road conditions, path tortuosity, presence or absence of landscapes, etc., but in terms of ability to connect one point to another these different options are equivalent. Many other route options can be present before us and they may even give us the impression that they might lead us to where we want to go but their destinations are not the place we seek. A fourth group of roads clearly exhibit characteristics that indicate that these are not in any way the right paths to follow to reach our goal. In other words, there are paths that seem appropriate and indeed they are, there are also other paths which at first do not seem right but they are, still there are paths which might seem adequate but they are not, and finally there are paths that are clearly not the appropriate way. The most difficult category and also the most common is that of those roads that seem appropriate but they are not. It is possible that a bad road sign or an apparent feature confuse us and lead us to make a bad decision.
For the children of God the way forward is clearly indicated by the word of God. The Bible is our road map that clearly indicates what routes we should take, how fast we have to move, the estimated time for the completion of different stages, what sights are along the route, which difficult or complicated stretches will be necessary to go through and what things we should be aware of in order to avoid surprises or interruptions in our travel. Why risk taking a path that can lead us astray, to a dead end or to a deep ravine when we have the opportunity to travel on the right and proper way that will lead us safely to our destination? Let us help others to find the correct path for their lives but let us also understand that without the help and guidance from God any selection will be poor regardless of how good it looks. To God alone be the glory!
The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.
Many people turn to God for help but they refuse to acknowledge their wrongdoings neither they understand that much of what is happening to them is precisely the result of their objectionable behavior. In many cases, God intervenes on behalf of those who cry out to him and rescues them. The problem arises when the person that has been rescued goes back to his/her previous behavior and once again he/she gets into serious trouble. These people often blame God for everything bad that happens to them but conveniently ignore him when things go fairly well. That attitude can only be described as contempt and disrespect for God. For these people, justice is whatever turns conditions to their favor, as if they were the center of the universe and everything else existed exclusively for their welfare.
Obviously, this kind of attitude can not be pleasing to God. God does not treat us as we deserve only because his mercy and his love balance and complement his righteousness.
We exist to carry out God’s plans. Many people behave as if God exists only to fulfill their personal plans. No wonder they live mired into all sorts of problems. Let us not imitate this unacceptable behavior. Our minds must be focused in God at all times, seeking his direction and trying to find ways to serve him. Let us put aside our fleshly interests and let us humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. Our Father will do the rest and we will be able to navigate the road ahead, attached to the principles and mandates of God, fulfilling his wonderful plans. To God alone be the glory!