Words from the Heart for Saturday March 16th, 2019
Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.” Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?”
1 Samuel 9:27-10:1 (NIV)
Natural resources contribute significantly to Canada’s total wealth. The value of this contribution fluctuates with prices, stocks and extraction costs. Fuelled by rising resource prices, Canada’s natural resource wealth grew, on average, 10% per year during the decade from 2006 and 2015. In 2006, natural resource wealth—the dollar value of selected natural resource reserves—stood above $1 trillion or more than $30,000 per capita. The physical sources of this wealth, natural resource reserves, were relatively stable during this period.
The people of Israel had been asking the Lord for a King. God’s plan was for Him to be their king. Israel was a theocracy, with God ruling His people. But Israel wanted to have a king like the other nations around them. So the Lord acquiesced and chose a Benjamite named Saul to be the king of Israel. 1 Samuel 9:27-10:1 says: “Samuel said to Saul, Tell the servant to go on ahead of us’—and the servant did so—but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.’ Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?’” While we live in this world we will have those who lead us. But as followers of Jesus, we must always recognize that He is our King. In a democracy we get to vote for our leaders. But the Kingdom of God is not a democracy. We can trust our King to rule over our lives with perfect love and justice. There must be no room in our hearts for any other king.
These have been words from the heart.