Words from the Heart for Friday May 3rd, 2019
You were sorry and humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this city and its people. You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the Lord.
2 Chronicles 34:27 (NLT)
I Have Heard You
Fifty years ago, at Expo ‘67 in Montreal, the “Indians of Canada” pavilion was meant to be one more tribute to Canada’s accomplishments as a young, modern nation. The exhibit featured a giant, stylized teepee at its centre. Native art murals dominated the exterior walls; a totem pole stood at the entrance. In Ottawa’s mind, it would highlight the success of the government’s long-standing policy of assimilation. By some cosmic miscalculation, the federal government allowed Indigenous Canadians to have a say in the content of “their” pavilion. And they wanted to tell a very different story. Besides the usual arrows and ceremonial headdresses, and photos of smiling Indigenous people working as loggers and miners, visitors were also confronted with images of unsmiling children in tattered clothing on impoverished reserves.
God’s Word is powerful. It can change a person’s life completely. A person who is heading in the completely wrong direction, by reading God’s word, can experience a 180 degree turnaround. One Bible ministry recently did a survey of the lifestyles of Christians who read the Bible four times a week or more and those who read it less than four times and they were surprised to discover a huge difference. This shouldn’t surprise us. 2 Chronicles 34:27 says, “You were sorry and humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this city and its people. You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the Lord.” It was in the hearing of God’s Word that their hearts were torn apart in conviction and they immediately humbled themselves before the Lord. The Lord heard them and was gracious to them. He will be towards you as well as you read His Word and respond in repentance and faith.
These have been words from the heart.