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Stupidity


For through wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
Proverbs 9:11

The abundant stupidity that is present in the great majority of people has always been an inexhaustible mine of inspiration for comedians. It is enough to mention the vast amount of jokes whose characters are Polish, Irish, Newfies, etc., with our apologies to the people with these demonyms. Although from a humorous point of view it is quite funny, from the spiritual point of view it is very sad and unfortunate. At every turn there are people who are killed or seriously injured by acting in a stupid or foolish way. Foolishness and poor judgment are the reasons why these people now suffer or lie to rest somewhere in a cemetery. However, the responsibility for acting foolish lies solely with each individual who has voluntarily decided to act that way by paying attention to what his nature tells him. His nature, being corrupt and sinful, can only recommend this person to behave silly and insolently.

Wisdom has been calling all these people in various ways and by different means and all who heeded her call were able to benefit with many blessings. Those who have ignored her call have fallen into severe suffering or are about to do. The word of God has always been available for continuous reading  and a systematic study of it will increase our wisdom. However, mankind has chosen to live by the foolish ideas of modern and postmodern philosophers that only bring anguish and despair upon themselves. If you love life you should act with wisdom. James, the brother of the Lord Jesus, wrote: “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.” What are you waiting to ask for what is within your reach? Remember that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Only to God be the glory!

Long life


For through wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
Proverbs 9:11-12

What good is it for someone to gain all the fame, all the money and all the power in the world if he cannot extend its life even for a second? God is the giver of life and only He can decide how long each person can live. To he who is wise and prudent God grants long life, provided that wisdom and prudence are used with obedience. Obedience without wisdom is plain arrogance but a wise man can discern what comes from God and therefore avoids deviating from the straight path of justice, which would bring him many problems. A rash person does not even know which way to follow. All roads look good to him because he has never bothered to know what God expects of him. When something goes right or wrong he says it was due to good or bad luck and he does not have the slightest idea of God’s plan for his life. If he gets to hear the message of salvation he ignores it because he thinks it has nothing to do with his life.

Wise King Salomó also put it this way: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” Hence the inexperienced is much more exposed to danger that the wise man, which reduces considerably the life expectancy of the inexperienced. Enough of stumbling through life without a fixed destination and no target! God is calling everyone, wise and inexperienced to be reconciled to him. Enough of living a life full of mistakes and sins which only separate us more from God. He can forgive you but are you looking for His forgiveness? He can save you but do you crave His salvation? Seek God with all your heart, for once you find Him, you will know the true meaning of love. Only to God be the glory!

Selective memory


In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;
in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.
So he ended their days in futility
and their years in terror.
Psalms 78:32-33

Our memory behaves strangely. To begin, our memory is selective, that is, we just remember some things and forgets many others. What we forget and what we remember depends greatly on the impact that events have had on our lives. Normally, we only remember what we consider important to us. This says a lot about what we really believe. God has done great wonders in our lives, but how many of them we can recall with precision and at all times? If we forget the great works of God in our lives it is because we have not given to them the importance they deserve and this means that we are not giving honor to God who is the author of them. So it was with the Jewish people when they were wandering in the desert. The Lord gave them protection and guidance. He also gave them water, bread and meat and their shoes and clothes did not wear all those years. Still, the daily worries prevailed over the memories of those great miracles that against all rational explanation they were able to see with their own eyes.

Our behavior is not different from the behavior of the Jewish people. Normally our thoughts are not focused on the memories of the great works God has done for us. This is because we are not giving the importance of these works they deserve. We can hardly bring glory to God if we can barely remember what he has done for us. Would you take a moment now to reconsider all that the Lord has given and has done for you? I invite you to make a list of them. Initially it will be difficult to remember some things but as you progress with the list you will remember more and more. As you make progress with the list you will have before you many reasons to praise God at all times. Instead of complaining about what happens today you can praise God for all he has done for you and it will make your complaints to go the background and even they may disappear completely. Only to God be the glory!

Eternity


But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.
Psalm 102:27

Since we are part of creation, us human beings are confined to time and space. Time is something we can not alter. We can not make it go faster or slower, ie we have no control or dominion over it. Nor can we escape from its influence. We are all subject to its passage and even though sometimes we would like to reverse what has already happened, we can not change things. Wise King Solomon said it this way: “What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.” [1] This time limitation is what makes it so hard for us to understand the concept of eternity. God is eternal because he is not subject to the passage of time. He exists outside the domain and the advance of time.

Given that God exists outside and above that domain, he can see perfectly what has already happened, all that is happening now and what will happen in the future. I imagine that God observes the creation in much the same way that we see a chronological representation of certain historical events. We can see what happened before the event and the event’s influence on following events. We can also see other events that occurred in parallel with the event in question and finally we see the precedents that led to the event under study. In front of our eyes would be the past, the present (when the event occurred) and the future, ie things that would happen later. Of course, this is just an illustration and in no way it is intended to be declared as a fact that this is the way God sees things. Nor can we know how it feels to not be under the constraints of the laws of time.

In any case, God is eternal. He has no beginning and no end. He has always existed and always will. He has all power and all the majesty over creation. Someday, I hope soon, the heavens shall pass away and we who have placed our trust in God we will see a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth have ceased to exist, just as the sea. All that remains is God and his promises, which never fail. Let us be amazed when we consider this particular attribute of God and let us rest in his power and eternity. Hopefully the time will come when we will be in his presence for ever and ever. To God alone be the glory!

[1] Ecclesiastes 1:15