Words from the Heart for Thursday April 4th, 2019
Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
1 Kings 18:37 (KJV)
Hear Me, O Lord
Nearly one-quarter of the interpreters employed by Ottawa’s Translation Bureau have suffered health issues directly related to their jobs, including acoustic shock caused by sudden, loud sounds. Seventeen of the bureau’s 72 permanent interpreters have filed a total of 28 complaints over the last three years, according to the federal institution. According to the union representing the workers, the complaints involve concussion-like symptoms including nausea, vomiting, loss of balance, fainting, disorientation, and even hearing loss. In six cases, the employees required immediate medical attention.
The hearts of the people of Israel had been turned to other gods. The nation was filled with prophets of Baal, the horrific false god of the pagan nations surrounding Israel. There came a point where God’s prophet Elijah had enough. He called a gathering of 400 prophets of Baal and invited them to call on their god to send fire from heaven. They did so for hours, even cutting themselves to get his attention and nothing happened. Then Elijah called on the Living God. It is found in 1 Kings 18:37: “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.” Immediately, fire came from heaven and burnt up not only the sacrifice but also the entire soaking wet altar. Elijah’s plan had worked and the hearts of the Israelites were turned back to their God. Our own hearts too easily get pulled away to the things of the world. How much better to keep our hearts focused on the Lord Jesus and singularly directed by Him.
These have been words from the heart.