Words from the Heart for Friday September 6th, 2019
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 (NIV)
Separatism emerged in Alberta in the 1930s within the Social Credit Party, which formed the Government of Alberta after the 1935 election. The federal government deemed implementing a form of social credit unconstitutional and invoked its rarely used power of disallowance under Section 56 of the Constitution Act, 1867. This voided provincial legislation, angering many in Alberta. Premier William Aberhart did secure provincially-owned banks and distribution of prosperity certificates most of which were openly against the Government. Premier Aberhart’s followers called for separation from Canada, but Aberhart himself counselled moderation and rejected secession.
When Ezekiel was prophesying, most of the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon, and that is where we find the prophet declaring the Word of the Lord. These were tough times, and the news from Jerusalem was devastating. The holy city was being destroyed. God was getting the attention of His people. But this would not last forever. God is a God who always has a way out. In Ezekiel 11:19-20 we read, “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” What a blessing of a promise. God would transform their hearts and turn them back towards Him. Through Jesus, He has done the same thing for us. When we trust Jesus to redeem us, He lifts our sin and gives us a heart that is turned toward Him. Then He gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit, who takes up residence in us.
These have been words from the heart.