Words from the Heart for Sunday September 1st, 2019
The people will cry out; all who dwell in the land will wail at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds, at the noise of enemy chariots and the rumble of their wheels. Parents will not turn to help their children; their hands will hang limp.
Jeremiah 47:2b-3 (NIV)
Back in 2018, the Canadian military released instructions about beards worn by its members. This is the first time beards have been allowed for active forces. To pass muster, a beard must be worn with a moustache, must be neatly trimmed — especially on the lower neck and cheekbones — and, according to regulation, “it shall not exceed two centimeters in bulk. A member will, on their own accord or upon direction from their commanding officer or designate, shave off unsuccessful attempts to grow a beard,” the message warned. New recruits will still be required to shave.
We live in a day when social media and 24 hour news channels keep us informed about every catastrophe and uprising around the world. We look in horror at the tragedies that are taking place every day around the globe. Some are brought about by political issues, others by natural disasters and others by human error. While we are more aware than ever before about the challenges that life throws our way, these things have always happened. In Jeremiah 47:2b-3 we read, “The people will cry out; all who dwell in the land will wail at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds, at the noise of enemy chariots and the rumble of their wheels. Parents will not turn to help their children; their hands will hang limp.” God had given clear instructions to the people of Israel about how to avoid the catastrophe that was going to happen to them at the hands of the Babylonians. They chose to ignore the word of the Lord and the result was going to be 40 years of captivity. How much wiser would they have been, and will we be, by walking in obedience to God’s word.
These have been words from the heart.