The MessageBy PASTOR LUIS CARTAGENA,
To Be Impertinent
According to the general definitions of this term, the majority of us have been or are impertinent with others and with God. That means that we often do not keep the due respect when we insult someone. We are of a hard and ungrateful treatment, and in our daily work, we are imprudent.
Generally, many people distract us or try to distract us and we become an easy prey of arrogance. Today’s hectic life leads many of us to always be in a hurry and to be sleep deprived, which results in a disordered life. “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:1-2 (ESV)
There are generations that live anxiously and full of that eagerness, to bitter their own well-being and spiritual growth becoming impertinent because life has become a heavy burden. Many forget or ignore that if we respect the Lord, life becomes bearable and is not in vain. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
We must learn to divert our anxieties and problems about Him by learning that the love of God is oblivious to how little or how much we can materially have. On the contrary, it is we who should appreciate and thank the daily blessings in any daily activity. Our love and fear of God leads us to understand that everything in our lives has a purpose that our heavenly Father has given to each one. “Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and shall be well with you.” Psalm 128:12 (ESV)
We know that we have to work hard to be faithful to God at all times and in all places, and how essential it is to understand that everything depends on Him. He knows our impertinence and sends us messages of correction of the most unusual of ways to times supernatural. It is imperative to have faith and to have the habit of praying in order to maintain a behavior that pleases the Lord.
“Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone. O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:4-8 (ESV)
“All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15 (ESV) and is not impertinent.
May God bless you.