Words from the Heart for Monday September 2nd, 2019
The Lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done.
Jeremiah 51:10 (NIV)
An Ontario child welfare agency placed promoting belief in the Easter Bunny above preventing possible trauma when it removed two girls from a foster home because the Christian couple refused to lie about the bunny’s existence, an Ontario judge ruled. Francis Baar, the former foster mother, greeted the judgment with joy: “We are very thankful for it, that we’ve been vindicated. Our names have been cleared and we don’t have that hanging over us anymore,” she said in an interview.
The people of Israel had chosen to disobey the word of the Lord, and the result would be 40 years of captivity in Babylon. But God would never abandon His people, and in Jeremiah 51:10 we read about the hope that God gave to His people in the midst of the worst that could have happened: “The Lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done.” God was not going to abandon the people of Israel in Babylon. There was coming a day of redemption, when God would bring His people back to Jerusalem and the city, and nation, would be rebuilt. God never abandons us, either. Even when we turn our backs on Him, He still pursues us. God would use the Babylonians to get the attention of His people, and then He would turn their hearts back to Himself. God works with us as well when we turn our backs on Him. In love, He will allow circumstances to drive us to the place of repentance. Then His Holy Spirit will woo us back to where we know we should be – back to intimacy with our Creator and forgiveness of sin through renewed faith in Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.