Words from the Heart for Sunday March 31st, 2019

The word of the Lord came to Solomon: “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, observe my laws and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.”

1 Kings 6:11-13 (NIV)

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A Great Promise

In the decade preceding the First World War, the Canadian Pacific Railway, several provincial governments, and a variety of other agencies worked hard at selling Canada in the British Isles as ‘the land of promise.’ These efforts to encourage settlement west of Ontario were very successful; in the five-year period 1909-1913 almost a million people from Great Britain settled in Canada. The reality for those who immigrated during these years, however, was one of hardship and often disillusionment.

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The greatest longing in the human heart is to have our Creator God walking with us, filling our lives with His peace and joy. King Solomon was given the great task of building God’s Temple. He would do so and the people of Israel would never be the same. God would take up His residence in the Holy of Holies and they would worship in His presence. So it isn’t surprising that the Lord spoke to Solomon about his role in not just building the temple, but in leading the people. 1 Kings 6:11-13 says, “The word of the Lord came to Solomon: “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, observe my laws and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.” God comes now to take up residence in the heart of every man, woman and child who places their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. And we enjoy the same promise – He will never abandon his people. In this, He meets that great longing. Have you experienced the joy of His presence in you?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley