Words from the Heart for Sunday March 17th, 2019
“Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.”
1 Samuel 12:20 (NIV)
Some Final Advice
Experts say the detaining of Canadians in China in reaction the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei in Vancouver on December 1, could signal a ramping up of low-level harassment for Canadians living in China. Lynette Ong, with the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto, says Canada’s relationship with China fundamentally changed when Wanzhou was arrested at the request of the United States. She says Canadians who study or do business in China may want to “lie low and keep a low profile.”
Some of the most important words are those spoken by a wise leader towards the end of his or her life. A lifetime of getting priorities right and of experience make the wisdom worth heeding. Such is the case with the words of the prophet Samuel as he is wrapping up his ministry and life. In 1 Samuel 12:20 we read, “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.” The best advice anyone can give is that people keep their hearts focused on the Lord and serve Him wholeheartedly. Doing so guarantees the blessing of God and the assurance of staying in the centre of His will for our lives. The people of Israel had been far from perfect, and we have to be honest and say that this describes us as well. But the Lord knew their hearts and at this point, they still desired to serve Him and love Him. What does the Lord see when He looks into your heart? I pray He sees a heart focused on Him alone.
These have been words from the heart.