Words from the Heart for Thursday December 17th, 2020
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)
“The Maple Leaf Forever” is a Canadian song written by Alexander Muir in 1867, the year of Canada’s Confederation. Muir was said to have been inspired to write this song by a large maple tree which stood on his street in front of Maple Cottage, a house at Memory Lane and Laing Street in Toronto. The song became quite popular in English Canada and for many years served as an unofficial national anthem. Because of its pro-British lyrics, it was never popular among francophone Quebecers.
Antiques Roadshow is a fascinating program. I was watching an episode a few weeks ago and a young man showed a vase he had bought at a yard sale for $4.85. It turns out that it is a rare Chinese vase from the 18th century. It was valued at $100,000. We are amazed at things that are a couple of centuries old. But nothing lasts forever and one day that vase will be dust. There are some things that are eternal, and every one of them is related in some way to the Kingdom of God. Jesus says in Isaiah 40:8: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” God’s Word, the Bible, has always been critiqued and criticized. From the moment Satan asked Eve in the Garden of Eden “…did God really say?” until now, critics of God’s Word have tried to put doubts into the minds of God’s people about the veracity of the Bible. Jesus knew this, and tells us clearly that God’s Word stands the test of time, and stands against the doubters and haters. You can trust the Word of God. Take time today to read it.
These have been words from the heart.