Words from the Heart for Friday May 4th, 2018
The Lord created the heavens. He is God. He formed the earth and made it. He set it firmly in place. He didn’t create it to be empty. Instead, he formed it for people to live on. He says, “I am the Lord. There is no other Lord.”
Isaiah 45:18 (NIRV)
Firmly in Place
In Isaiah 45 the Spirit of the Lord is showing the greatness of God in creation. The Lord made the world on purpose. He has created the world not to be empty but for us. Let us pause and give Him thanks for His wondrous work to make a place for us.
In his book “Victory at Vimy,” Ted Barris writes: “At the height of the First World War, on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, in early morning sleet, sixteen battalions of the Canadian Corps rose along a six-kilometer line of trenches in northern France against the occupying Germans. All four Canadian divisions advanced in a line behind a well-rehearsed creeping barrage of artillery fire. By nightfall, the Germans had suffered a major setback. The Ridge, which other Allied troops had assaulted previously and failed to take, was firmly in Canadian hands.”
God is the Creator. That is a foundational principle for the Christian faith. In some cultures of the world that is where evangelism begins. Buddhism, for example, doesn’t teach about a creator, so many former Buddhists have come to faith in Jesus when they learn that the Bible teaches that He is creator. But God did more than simply create the world. He continues to rule over this world, to ensure that in spite of the effect of sin, the sun rises in the east each morning and sets in the west each evening. Isaiah 45:18 says, “The Lord created the heavens. He is God. He formed the earth and made it. He set it firmly in place. He didn’t create it to be empty. Instead, he formed it for people to live on. He says, “I am the Lord. There is no other Lord.” The Lord set the earth firmly in place and He did it with a purpose – for us to live on. What a blessing to know that all of His creative power was unleashed so He could put us safely here.
These have been words from the heart.