Words from the Heart for Saturday October 5th, 2019
Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.
Habakkuk 1:3 (NLT)
Destruction and Violence
Crime statistics vary considerably through different parts of Canada. In general, the eastern provinces have the lowest violent crime rates while the western provinces have higher rates and the territories higher still. Of the provinces, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have the highest violent crime rates. Saskatchewan has the highest provincial assault rate, and Manitoba has the highest provincial sexual assault rate, robbery rate and homicide rate of any Canadian province. Crime rates in the Yukon, North West Territories and Nunavut are the highest in the country.
There are day when we think the injustice and destruction we see in our world is worse now than it has ever been. I rather suspect that it only seems that way because of the 24 hour news channels and the thousands of news websites that flood our inboxes and texts with news bulletins. The heart of men and women hasn’t changed over the millennia. We are by nature sinful, selfish people, and as a result the world is not what God planned it to be. Those of us who see the world through the eyes of the principles of the kingdom of God, can relate to the ancient prophet who writes in Habakkuk 1:3: “Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.” These are the marks of our world as well. Men and women doing evil things, misery, destruction and violence. Where is the hope? God has not abandoned this world that He loves. His presence brings beauty and peace. And, there is coming a Better Day where peace will reign eternally.
These have been words from the heart.