Words from the Heart for Saturday April 20th, 2019

Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God.

1 Chronicles 22:11-12 (NIV)

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According to an article on the Bloomberg website called, “Canada Says Give Us your MBAs and Entrepreneurs,” Canada’s immigration system has long targeted the highly skilled. More than 65 percent of foreign-born adults had a post-secondary degree in 2017, the highest share tracked by members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. According to Stefan Marion, chief economist of the National Bank of Canada, “We are the biggest talent poachers in the OECD.” As a result, he says, the country is better equipped to deal with globalization and technological change—“it’s a massive, massive advantage.”

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A father’s great joy is when his son walks faithfully with the Lord, willing to follow His perfect will. As David’s life was coming to an end, he gives some advice to his son Solomon, who would take his place as the King of Israel at the time of David’s passing. Solomon would fulfill the dream of his father David – he would build the Temple in Jerusalem. God had prevented David from building the Temple because David was a man of war. From eternity, David would watch as his son built the Temple. But before he passed into that eternity, David gives this advice to his son in 1 Chronicles 22:11-12: “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God.” This is good advice for all of us – that the Lord would give us discretion and understanding, and to live a life of obedience.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley