Words from the Heart for Sunday December 6th, 2020
Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. Those things were written so that we could have hope. That hope comes from the patience and encouragement that the Scriptures give us.
Romans 15:4 (ERV)
A new 22-billion-dollar railway has been approved that is bringing hope to Alberta’s oil industry. The 2,570-km freight line will run from Fort McMurray in Alberta to the Delta Junction in Alaska, where it will connect to the existing railway network and carry the goods to ports around Anchorage. A spokesperson for the province said, “The Government of Alberta is glad to see the approval of the A2A rail project in the United States. We support the development of trade corridors that can unlock new markets for Alberta’s products.”
The Bible is an ancient book. Even in the days of the apostles, the Hebrew Scriptures were age old. But ancient didn’t mean out of date. Not to apostles, and not today. Paul wrote about that in Romans 15:4: “Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. Those things were written so that we could have hope. That hope comes from the patience and encouragement that the Scriptures give us.” Michael W. Smith took this truth and wrote his haunting worship song. “Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world. They resound with God’s own heart, Oh, let the ancient words impart.” The God of the Bible was known in the days of the Patriarchs as the God who Speaks. It made Him different from the gods of the nations around Israel. He still speaks today through His Word, the Bible. And those words, Paul says, bring hope. They certainly do in our lives. How often, in times of discouragement, have we turned to the Bible and found our hope restored. For it is in the Bible that we meet Jesus, the Living Word of God.
These have been words from the heart.