Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Nuestro Pan Diario — Escoger la esperanza

 

Escoger la esperanza


La escritura de hoy: Miqueas 7:2-7
La Biblia en un año: Jeremías 12–14; 2 Timoteo 1

Mas yo al Señor miraré, esperaré al Dios de mi salvación…

—  Miqueas 7:7


Soy una entre millones que padecen TAE [trastorno afectivo estacional], una clase de depresión común en lugares con poca luz del sol por el invierno. Cuando empiezo a temer que la congelada calamidad del invierno no terminará nunca, busco ansiosamente evidencias de que días más largos y temperaturas más cálidas se acercan.

Las flores que se abren camino valientemente a través de los restos de nieve me recuerdan la forma en que la esperanza divina puede abrirse paso aun en nuestras épocas más oscuras. El profeta Miqueas confesó esto durante un «invierno» en su corazón cuando los israelitas se alejaron de Dios, diciendo que parecía no quedar «ninguno […] recto» (Miqueas 7:2). No obstante, aunque la situación parecía tenebrosa, se negó a perder la esperanza. Confiaba en que Dios seguía obrando (v. 7), aun cuando, en medio de la devastación, no veía ninguna prueba.

En nuestros «inviernos» oscuros y aparentemente interminables, cuando la primavera parece no llegar, enfrentamos la misma lucha que Miqueas. ¿Desesperaremos o miraremos al Señor y esperaremos en Él (v. 7)?

Nuestra esperanza en Dios vale la pena (Romanos 5:5). Él traerá un tiempo sin más «invierno»; sin dolor ni angustia (Apocalipsis 21:4). Hasta entonces, confesemos: «Mi esperanza está en ti» (Salmo 39:7).


De:  Lisa M. Samra

Reflexiona y ora

Padre, ayúdame a no perder la esperanza.
¿Dónde encuentras esperanza en momentos oscuros? ¿En qué temporada «invernal» te dio Dios la esperanza que necesitabas?

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Soy una entre millones que padecen TAE [trastorno afectivo estacional], una clase de depresión común en lugares con poca luz del sol por el invierno.

The Daily Bible Readings for TUESDAY, October 13, 2020

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The Daily Readings
TUESDAY, October 13, 2020
Psalm 97; Exodus 33:1-6; Philippians 3:13—4:1
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Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Many people from Jerusalem had been taken to Babylon when Jeremiah wrote this letter. He conveyed God’s survival instructions while they lived under Babylonian rule. As you read this passage, imagine that you were in exile reading Jeremiah’s letter. Jeremiah told the people to establish families, build homes, and pursue the well-being of the Babylonian cities in which they lived. If the cities prospered, he said, they also would prosper (vv. 5–7).

How might Jeremiah’s letter help you today? Consider the idea of seeking the well-being, the peace and prosperity, of your city. How can you integrate this idea into your work and family life? Ask God to help you think creatively and to see opportunities.

Today’s Readings:
Light springs up for the righteous
1 The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O Lord.

9 For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.

10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Commentary
Verses 1-7: Though many have been made happy in Christ, still there is room. And all have reason to rejoice in Christ's government. There is a depth in his counsels, which we must not pretend to fathom; but still, righteousness and judgment are the habitations of his throne. Christ's government, though it might be a matter of joy to all, will yet be a matter of terror to some; but it is their own fault that it is so. The most resolute and daring opposition will be baffled at the presence of the Lord. And the Lord Jesus will ere long come and put an end to idol worship of every kind.

Verses 8-12: The faithful servants of God may well rejoice and be glad because he is glorified; and whatever tends to his honor, is his people's pleasure. Care is taken for their safety. But something more is meant than their lives. The Lord will preserve the souls of his saints from sin, from apostasy, and despair, under their greatest trials. He will deliver them out of the hands of the wicked one, and preserve them safe to his heavenly kingdom. And those that rejoice in Christ Jesus, and in his exaltation, have fountains of joy prepared for them. Those that sow in tears, shall reap in joy. Gladness is sure to the upright in heart; the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment. Sinners tremble, but saints rejoice at God's holiness. As he hates sin, yet freely loves the person of the repentant sinner who believes in Christ, he will make a final separation between the person he loves and the sin he hates, and sanctify his people wholly, body, soul, and spirit.

The people in mourning
33:1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:

2 And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:

3 Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.

4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

5 For the Lord had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.

6 And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.
Commentary
Those whom God pardons must be made to know what their sin deserved. “Let them go forward as they are;” this was very expressive of God's displeasure. Though he promises to make good his covenant with Abraham, in giving them Canaan, yet he denies them the tokens of his presence they had been blessed with. The people mourned for their sin. Of all the bitter fruits and consequences of sin, true penitents most lament, and dread most, God's departure from them. Canaan itself would be no pleasant land without the Lord's presence. Those who parted with ornaments to maintain sin could do no less than lay aside ornaments, in token of sorrow and shame for it.

Hold fast to Christ
3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
Commentary
This simple dependence and earnestness of soul were not mentioned as if the apostle had gained the prize, or were already made perfect in the Saviour's likeness. He forgot the things which were behind, so as not to be content with past labors or present measures of grace. He reached forth, stretched himself forward towards his point; expressions showing great concern to become more and more like unto Christ. He who runs a race, must never stop short of the end, but press forward as fast as he can; so those who have heaven in their view, must still press forward to it, in holy desires and hopes, and constant endeavors. Eternal life is the gift of God, but it is in Christ Jesus; through his hand, it must come to us, as it is procured for us by him. There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way. True believers, in seeking this assurance, as well as to glorify him, will seek more nearly to resemble his sufferings and death, by dying to sin, and by crucifying the flesh with its affections and lusts. In these things, there is a great difference among real Christians, but all know something of them. Believers make Christ all in all and set their hearts upon another world. If they differ from one another and are not of the same judgment in lesser matters, yet they must not judge one another; while they all meet now in Christ, and hope to meet shortly in heaven. Let them join in all the great things in which they are agreed, and wait for further light as to lesser things wherein they differ. The enemies of the cross of Christ mind nothing but their sensual appetites. Sin is the sinner's shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end. The life of a Christian is in heaven, where his Head and his home are, and where he hopes to be shortly; he sets his affections upon things above; and where his heart is, there will his conversation be. There is glory kept for the bodies of the saints, in which they will appear at the resurrection. Then the body will be made glorious; not only raised again to life but raised to great advantage. Observe the power by which this change will be wrought. May we be always prepared for the coming of our Judge; looking to have our vile bodies changed by his Almighty power, and applying to him daily to new-create our souls unto holiness; to deliver us from our enemies, and to employ our bodies and souls as instruments of righteousness in his service.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV).

Commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible.

The Daily Bible Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, October 13, 2020
Psalm 97; Exodus 33:1-6; Philippians 3:13—4:1 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for TUESDAY, October 13, 2020

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Prayer of the Day
TUESDAY, October 13, 2020

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir.

Dear Father in heaven, we come before you as your children, longing to be assured through your Spirit that we are and may remain your children. We long to live to the glory of your name under the shelter and guidance of the Lord Jesus in expectation of  the great day which shall fulfill all promises made to us. Strengthen us, especially in dark and troubled days. Help us when danger threatens and when evil tries to make headway among us. Deliver us from all evil, for yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, October 13, 2020

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Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — A Tool or a Son?


A Tool or a Son?


Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him ... I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of My servant Jacob, and Israel My chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know Me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides Me.

Isaiah 45:1a, 2-6a


Isaiah 45 is a prophecy about Cyrus, king of Persia—the king who would one day allow the God's people to return home from exile to their own country. You remember the story—how the Israelites did evil and worshipped other gods, year after year, century after century, until God's patience ended and He sent them into exile in a foreign country. They spent 70 years there grieving—missing home, missing even their God—as one singer wrote, "How shall we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?" (Psalm 137:4)

But God would not leave them there forever. And so He spoke to Isaiah ahead of time, telling them about a king who would let them go home again—a man named Cyrus of Persia.

Now Cyrus was not a believer. God makes this clear when He says, "For the sake of My servant Jacob, and Israel My chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know Me." God chose Cyrus to be a tool, to do a job—to send God's people home and to support the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.

Did Cyrus ever become a believer? We don't know. Yes, he claimed that God had blessed him and given him the job of rebuilding the temple. But then, that was quite a common thing for kings and emperors to do—a public relations stunt, a way of getting on the good side of the local people and the local gods, if they existed. Cyrus may have done exactly the same thing for a dozen other places he ruled.

From our point of view, it doesn't matter. God used Cyrus as a tool, and the result was a blessing for God's people.

But from Cyrus' point of view, it definitely mattered. Because God can use people in two different ways, either as tools or as children. And we all know what happens to tools. They get used and put away, lent out, lost, passed on to others—but eventually every tool wears out. Tools are good, but they are not forever.

But children—ah, there's the difference. When God uses His child to do something, the action grows right out of the love between Father and child. Children are not disposable. Children are forever.

We see this best in our Lord Jesus Christ, used by His Father to rescue the entire world. He willingly chose to suffer and die for our sake, and to rise from the dead, three days later. He was not a mere tool. He knew exactly what His Father wanted, and He did it with all His heart. Jesus is a child, the Son of God. And you, too, are a child—if you trust in Jesus and have the Holy Spirit living in you.

Lord, make me Your child and not just Your tool. Amen.

Dr. Kari Vo

Reflection Questions:

1. What are your favorite tools?

2. If you have children, how have you used them in the past?

3. How is God using you in your life right now?

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Isaiah 45 is a prophecy about Cyrus, king of Persia—the king who would one day allow the God's people to return home from exile to their own country.

Standing Strong Through the Storm — I AM VALUABLE

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I AM VALUABLE

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

She hadn’t laughed for nearly two years, ever since her father’s tragic death in August 2009. Even though she still liked sports and talking with her friends, Ruth’s eyes didn’t shine anymore, like other teenagers. And she never returned their laughter. Never again, Ruth thought, would she feel the joy she once had, before her father was killed. A fourteen-year-old girl at the time, she still believed two years later that she was to blame for the murder of her father, a well-known church leader in eastern Colombia.

The day the guerrillas shot him, he was waiting for her in an isolated place. Her parents had given Ruth permission to go play soccer. But she was late coming back, so her father had gone looking for her. Bitterness started to fill her heart, as she became angry with herself, convinced she had caused her father’s death. At her fifteenth birthday party, she couldn’t stop her tears from falling. “I don’t want to live anymore!” she sobbed. Suicidal thoughts became part of her daily life, as she kept fighting with her sisters and wrestling with an unhappiness about everything that made her life unbearable.

Her widowed mother, who was receiving regular emotional and material support through Open Doors’ program for martyrs’ families, admitted that although all four of her children were struggling with problems over their father’s death, Ruth’s condition was the worst.

But God turned things around for Ruth in July, when she was one of thirty widows’ children invited to an “orphan encounter” camp sponsored by Open Doors for children and teenagers from six different regions of Colombia. For three days, God used counselors to confront Ruth with the reality of her pain and start her on the path of healing.

At one point, she was asked to write down on some papers all the things that she wanted to fill her heart. “I want to fill my heart with forgiveness for myself, and for those who killed my father,” Ruth wrote. Then she went on to tell the others what she had written, something that she had not had the courage to talk about publicly before. Together, the children and teens sometimes smiled over what they’d shared, along with tears as they released their need to cry out their pain. As they faced the words of Scripture taught to them and prayed together, the walls that Ruth had built up in her heart started to fall down.

Overjoyed, Ruth said, “It is so hard to find people who really take care of me. I thought there weren’t any! But now I realize that there are some, and even that I’m valuable for those who I don’t even know! I would like to be a good Christian and serve the Lord with all my heart.”

RESPONSE: Today I will recognize that I am also valuable to God who loves me.

PRAYER: Pray for the many children in the persecuted church who need emotional healing.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
She hadn’t laughed for nearly two years, ever since her father’s tragic death in August, 2009.

John Piper Devotional — The Master Servant

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The Master Servant

…so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

To me, the Bible’s most astonishing image of Christ’s second coming is in Luke 12:35–37, which pictures the return of a master from a marriage feast:
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.”
To be sure, we are called servants—and that no doubt means we are to do exactly as we are told. But the wonder of this picture is that the “master” insists on “serving” even in the age to come when he appears in all his glory “with his mighty angels in flaming fire” (2 Thessalonians 1:7–8). Why?

Because the very heart of his glory is the fullness of grace that overflows in kindness to needy people. Therefore, he aims “in the coming ages [to] show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).

What is the greatness of our God? What is his uniqueness in the world? Isaiah answers: “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4, RSV).
The Bible’s most astonishing image of Christ’s second coming is in Luke 12:35–37, which pictures the return of a master from a marriage feast.

Un dia a la Vez — Oración por fidelidad

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Oración por fidelidad

Amen al Señor, todos sus fieles; él protege a los dignos de confianza.

¡Oh, Dios mío, qué claro eres en tu Palabra! Sin embargo, ¡qué necios somos! Por eso caemos con facilidad en las redes de Satanás que nos presenta todo llamativo y agradable. Entonces, a la larga viene el final tan amargo por nuestras equivocaciones.

Señor, tú creaste el matrimonio y estableciste como mandamiento la fidelidad, a fin de que seamos felices y bendecidos.

Ayúdanos, Padre, a tener nuestra mirada puesta en ti y a huir de la tentación.

Danos tanto el querer como el hacer, y pon en cada uno de nosotros un nuevo amor por nuestros cónyuges.

Perdóname, mi Dios, y restaura mi vida. Dame la oportunidad de reconocer mi falta y recuperar mi matrimonio.

También te pido que me guardes de la amarga experiencia de la infidelidad y de todo peligro. No me dejes caer en tentación y líbrame del mal, de modo que sea capaz de cumplir el pacto de fidelidad que hice en el altar.

En el nombre de Jesús, amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Oración por fidelidad: ¡Oh, Dios mío, qué claro eres en tu Palabra! Sin embargo, ¡qué necios somos! Por eso caemos con facilidad en las redes de Satanás que nos presenta todo llamativo y agradable.

Devocional CPTLN — ¿Herramienta o Hijo?

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¿Herramienta o Hijo?

Yo, el Señor, digo así a Ciro, mi ungido, al cual tomé de la mano derecha para que las naciones se sometan a su paso y los reyes huyan en desbandada; para que las ciudades le abran sus puertas y no las vuelvan a cerrar... Yo iré delante de ti, y te allanaré los lugares torcidos; haré pedazos puertas de bronce y cerrojos de hierro, te entregaré tesoros escondidos y te daré a conocer recónditos secretos, para que sepas que yo soy el Señor, el Dios de Israel, que te llamo por tu nombre. Por amor a Jacob, por amor a Israel, mi siervo escogido, te he llamado por tu nombre, el nombre que te di, aunque tú no me conocías. Yo soy el Señor, y nadie más. No hay Dios fuera de mí. Yo te vestiré para la batalla, aunque tú no me conoces, para que desde la salida del sol hasta el ocaso todos sepan que yo soy el Señor, y que aparte de mí no hay otro Dios.

Isaías 45 es una profecía sobre Ciro de Persia, el rey que un día permitiría que el pueblo de Dios regresara del exilio a su país. La historia nos cuenta cómo los israelitas habían adorado a otros dioses año tras año, siglo tras siglo, hasta que a Dios se le terminó la paciencia y los envió al exilio en un país extranjero. Allí pasaron 70 años afligidos, extrañando su hogar y su Dios, como dice el salmo: "¿Y cómo podríamos cantarle al Señor en un país extranjero?" (Salmo 137:4). Pero Dios no los iba a dejar ahí para siempre. De eso habló antes con Isaías, contándole acerca de un rey que los dejaría volver a casa, un hombre llamado Ciro de Persia.

Ciro no era creyente. Dios aclara esto cuando dice: "Por amor a Jacob, por amor a Israel, mi siervo escogido, te he llamado por tu nombre, el nombre que te di, aunque tú no me conocías". Dios eligió a Ciro para que fuera una herramienta, para hacer un trabajo, para enviar a Su pueblo de regreso a casa y para apoyar la reconstrucción del templo en Jerusalén.

No sabemos si Ciro se volvió creyente, pero sí que afirmó que Dios lo había bendecido y le había dado la tarea de reconstruir el templo. Pero claro, eso era algo bastante común para los reyes y emperadores: un truco de relaciones públicas, una forma de ponerse del lado bueno de la gente y los dioses locales, si es que existían. Ciro pudo haber hecho exactamente lo mismo para una docena de otros lugares que gobernó. Pero eso a nosotros no nos importa. Lo que nos importa es que Dios usó a Ciro como una herramienta y el resultado fue una bendición para el pueblo de Dios.

Ahora, desde el punto de vista de Ciro, sí que importaba. Porque Dios puede usar a las personas de dos maneras diferentes: como herramientas o como hijos. Todos sabemos lo que les sucede a las herramientas: se usan y se guardan, se prestan, se pierden, se pasan a otros, pero eventualmente las herramientas se desgastan. Son buenas, pero no para siempre.

Pero los hijos, ah, ahí está la diferencia. Cuando Dios usa a un hijo suyo para hacer algo, la acción surge del amor entre ese hijo y su Padre. Los hijos no son descartables. Los hijos son para siempre.

Vemos esto mejor en nuestro Señor Jesucristo, quien fue usado por su Padre para rescatar al mundo entero. De buena gana eligió sufrir y morir por nosotros y resucitar de entre los muertos tres días después. No era una mera herramienta. Él sabía exactamente lo que su Padre quería y lo hizo con todo su corazón. Jesús es un niño, el Hijo de Dios. Y tú también eres un niño si confías en Jesús y tienes al Espíritu Santo viviendo en ti.

ORACIÓN: Señor, hazme tu hijo y no solo tu herramienta. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* ¿De qué manera has usado a tus hijos en el pasado?

* ¿De qué manera te está usando Dios en estos momentos?

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Isaías 45 es una profecía sobre Ciro de Persia, el rey que un día permitiría que el pueblo de Dios regresara del exilio a su país.

Nuestro Pan Diario — Dios nos sostiene

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Dios nos sostiene

La escritura de hoy: Isaías 41:1-10
La Biblia en un año: Isaías 41–42; 1 Tesalonicenses 1

… te sustentaré con la diestra de mi justicia.

En 2018, el sudafricano Fredie Blom cumplió 114 años; ampliamente reconocido como el hombre vivo más anciano. Nacido en 1904, el año en que los hermanos Wright fabricaron el Flyer II, vivió las dos guerras mundiales y el apartheid. Cuando le preguntan por el secreto de su longevidad, solo encoge los hombros. Como muchos, no siempre ha elegido las comidas y las actividades que promueven el bienestar. No obstante, da una razón de su salud extraordinaria: «Hay solo una cosa: [Dios]. Él tiene todo el poder… Él me sostiene».

Sus palabras evocan lo que Dios le dijo y le prometió a Israel cuando la nación languidecía bajo la opresión del enemigo: «yo soy tu Dios que te esfuerzo; siempre te ayudaré, siempre te sustentaré con la diestra de mi justicia» (Isaías 41:10). Independientemente de lo desesperante de su situación y de las pocas probabilidades de encontrar alivio, Dios le aseguró a su pueblo que estaba bajo su tierno cuidado: «No temas, porque yo estoy contigo; no desmayes» (v. 10).

Sin importar los años que tengamos, las dificultades de la vida golpearán a nuestra puerta: un matrimonio complicado, un hijo que abandona a su familia, noticias aterradoras de parte del médico, persecución incluso. Aun así, Dios nos abraza con fuerza. Nos acerca a Él y nos sostiene en su mano tierna y poderosa.

De:  Winn Collier

Reflexiona y ora
Dios, descanso en tu ayuda.
¿Cuándo te sentiste aislado o vulnerable? ¿Cómo te alienta saber que la mano poderosa de Dios sostiene tu vida?

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En 2018, el sudafricano Fredie Blom cumplió 114 años; ampliamente reconocido como el hombre vivo más anciano.