Words from the Heart for Thursday November 1st, 2018
So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.
Judges 5:31 (NIV)
Once again from nature we are seeing an illustration of a very encouraging spiritual truth. It is never “sunset” with our God. As those who love and follow Him, we are ever increasing in spiritual strength. We are made in our new creation to share even eternity with our God. So much awaits us.
Hundreds of Vancouverites missed sleep on Canada Day 2017 – Canada’s 150th birthday. Instead, they climbed the city’s Mount Seymour in time to see the Canada Day sunrise. Initiated by Chasing Sunrise, a nonprofit collective that organizes pre-dawn hikes and other recreational outings in Vancouver the second annual event is meant to encourage a sense of community amongst Canadians. According to the Chasing Sunrise website, “it’s about getting up, getting after it, and making it an amazing Canada Day morning—together—all before most even roll out of bed.”
Being a follower of Jesus does not guarantee us that our lives will easy and free from pain. In fact, Jesus warned His followers that in this world we will have tribulation. There isn’t a single Christian who has been able to avoid the loss of a loved one, or a financial challenge, or some family issue. The difference between a Christian and someone who does not know the Lord is that we experience His peace in the midst of the storm and the assurance that Jesus walks with us through the worst that the world can throw at us. In the fifth chapter of Judges, Deborah sings a song, celebrating God’s presence in the midst of Canaanite oppression and the victory that was theirs in the end. She concludes her song with these words in Judges 5:31, ““So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” God can never be defeated. And neither can those who love Him. No matter what you are facing, you can count on God’s loving presence and victory.
These have been words from the heart.