Words from the Heart for Thursday April 8th, 2021
And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God…”
Exodus 20:1-2 (NIV)
I am the Lord Your God
Lord Byng was well-known to Canadians before his appointment as Governor General. In 1916, during the First World War, he took command of the Canadian Army Corps on the western front. He gained his greatest glory with the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, an historic military victory for Canada that inspired nationalism at home. During his travels across the country throughout his term of office, he was enthusiastically greeted by the men he had led.
Night frights can be a terrifying experience for anyone, but particularly for children. They occur during non-REM deep sleep, and they cause screaming, intense fear and flailing. The antidote for a child is the loving presence of mom or dad – the assurance that they are loved and protected. There is a powerful spiritual application here. In the book of Exodus, God has freed His people the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. They had been living a life of terror under the strong hand of a powerful tyrant until God came to their rescue. Once they had fled Egypt, God gathered them together and Exodus 20:1-2 says this: “And God spoke all these words: ‘I am the Lord your God…'” God is about to give them the Ten Commandments. He is beginning the process of building for Himself a people through whom he would reveal His redemption plan. He begins by telling them who He is – he is the Lord. They will discover the full impact of that title. He had the authority to protect them, lead them, provide for them, draw them back when they wandered from him, and through them provide Jesus the Saviour of the World. He was their God.
These have been words from the heart.