Words from the Heart for Friday July 13th, 2018
Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.
Psalm 37:25 (NLT)
I Have Never Seen the Godly Abandoned
The Lord regards His created ones in every season of their lives. Young people are the object of His attention. He is committed to meeting their needs. Older people, too, when faced with limitations and frailty, can know the Lord is still committed to them in that season of their lives. Ask the Lord today to use you to bring encouragement to someone who is a different age than yourself.
If you enjoy visiting ghost towns, and many people do, one of the best preserved in Canada is Val-Jalbert, Quebec. Val-Jalbert was founded in 1901 near Chambord. Once a site of opportunity, the entire village was abandoned within a few years after the town’s pulp mill closed in 1927. Now a registered heritage site, visitors can explore the town’s original buildings, including the papermill, as well as visit the nearby Ouiatchouan Falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls.
The Great Depression of the 1930’s was one of the most challenging times in Canadian history. Along with the economic collapse, the weather on the Canadian prairies was horrible – it didn’t rain for months on end and Canada’s western provinces were known as the dust bowl. My mother-in-law grew up in Saskatchewan in those years and she said that while life was incredibly hard, she noticed that people trusted in God and He always seemed to provide enough for them to live. King David noticed the same thing and wrote in Psalm 37:25, “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” God provided manna for His people in the wilderness and later the quail they needed for protein. Jesus taught His disciples to pray for their daily bread. God cares about every part of our lives. When you are facing financial challenges, trust God. He promises that He will provide enough. He might do it through others who are aware or your need, or miraculously. But keep trusting God for even the most basic things in life.
These have been words from the heart.