Words from the Heart for Saturday August 31st, 2019
When Jeremiah had finished telling the people all the words of the Lord their God—everything the Lord had sent him to tell them—Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying! The Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘You must not go to Egypt to settle there.’”
Jeremiah 43:1-2 (NIV)
Target Company only lasted two years in Canada. Joe Jackman, CEO of Toronto branding agency Jackman Reinvents, described an “expectation gap” created by Target, with all its pre-launch fanfare and its lightning-fast roll-out of 133 stores in two years. “There’s a lot of cross-border shopping,” said Jackman, who boasts a client roster including Walgreens and Freshco. “Target wasn’t able to bring the brands Canadians expected. What arrived in Canada was not Target U.S. They didn’t pay any attention to the Canadian consumer. You could call it arrogance.”
Arrogance is a dangerous thing. The Bible tells us that pride goes before a fall and a haughty spirit – arrogance – brings destruction. The people of Israel were being attacked. They were caught in the middle of the warring Egyptians and Babylonians. Egypt is always a picture of the world, and God has given them the Passover celebration so they would never forget their time in slavery in that land. But here we are again, and the Israelites are so afraid of the Babylonians they are tempted to go back to the Egyptians. God tells them not to, but in their arrogance they reject God’s word, and this would lead to a 40 year captivity in Babylon. How often are we tempted to go back to the ways of the world when life gets challenging. We have all known those who have turned their backs on God in the tough times. How much wiser to humbly commit ourselves to the Lord, even when what He calls us to looks impossible. God has promised that He will always bring victory if we will walk humbly before Him. To not do so is arrogance and we know what the Bibles says will be the result.
These have been words from the heart.