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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added unto you’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 6:33, the Holy Bible).

YES, FILIPINOS ARE STARTING TO SUCCEED: Yes, I agree wholeheartedly with President Aquino when he said in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, July 23, 2012, that the government is now proving that “nothing is impossible” in achieving success, but I respectfully disagree with his premise that success has become possible only because of the Filipino people’s total support for government and the reforms it had been trying to introduce.

With due respect, this is a mis-appreciation of what or who really made this success a possibility. The Bible, in its Deuteronomy 8:17-18, has this to say about the real source of success and prosperity: “… You may say to yourself, ` My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’  But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…”

IGNORING OR FORGETTING GOD’S ROLE IN SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY: If God’s role in the success or prosperity being enjoyed by anyone is ignored or forgotten, destruction is sure to follow, according to Deuteronomy 28:11-14, 19-20: “Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.

“Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God…

“If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.”

WE MUST INVOKE GOD’S HELP: Indeed, President Aquino has so far been tremendously successful in bringing about beneficial changes to our countrymen, even if he has been in office for only two years. And the projects and programs he and his team have lined up for the last four years of his term, if allowed to succeed, can really push the Philippines to becoming the next Asian “economic tiger”.

But it is deadly wrong to pin our hopes only on what the President and his Cabinet members and other officials can do. We must invoke God’s protection, direction and benediction, first and foremost, because, as the passages we have reproduced here show, it is God who gives us the ability to produce wealth---not just any Tom, Dick and Harry.

In pursuing his economic, social and political agenda for the rest of his term, therefore, President Aquino will be well-advised to publicly recognize and implore God’s leading, carefully asking that His will be done, and remembering Him in whatever he or the government does for the welfare of the Filipino. This much is shown by Proverbs 3:6 and James 4:15 of the Holy Bible.

TURNING THIS NATION AROUND: Many will surely scoff at this insistence that God be placed at the center of government, and His Word fully utilized as a firm guide for official governmental action, and they would have plenty of plausible reasons for doing so. But then, at this stage of our history as a nation, it is clear we have already tried almost everything to succeed and lift our people from poverty and want.

Yet, success has successfully evaded us for quite a long time now. Perhaps, it is time to try one approach which, despite our colonization by Spain for 400 years, was not really tried before. This is the approach of spirituality, of submitting everything in our lives to God, knowing His Will and His Word, and obeying His command truthfully and sincerely. Who knows, we may yet turn this nation around!

BY ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO




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