Words from the Heart for Thursday August 1st, 2019
In that day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 17:7 (NIV)
Looking To Their Maker
Canada is looking for new Asian customers for its canola to answer China’s ban on many shipments of the product, says International Trade Minister Jim Carr. The Canadian government is also still pushing China to allow a Canadian delegation to visit the People’s Republic to verify complaints that Canadian canola is contaminated with pests, Carr said in an interview. China has rejected Canadian canola-seed shipments in recent months and has suspended the licences of two major Canadian exporters.
It seems that it takes a disaster of some sort for people to turn their eyes and hearts back to the Lord God. It happened after 9-11 when churches were filled for a few Sundays, as people began to look for some stability in their lives. It has always been so. The Hebrew Scriptures record times of tragedy for God’s people which turn their hearts back to the Lord. The human heart is so prone to wander from the Lord. The history of the people of Israel is that God would call them to Himself and they would respond. Within a generation or two, however, they would have turned to the gods of the nations around them, and God would have to get their attention again. Isaiah 17:7 points to a day when the wandering would be over and God’s people would be faithful: “In that day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.” Since the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit has taken up His residence in the heart of His people and it is His presence that keeps our hearts focused on the Jesus and our will in line with His.
These have been words from the heart.