Words from the Heart for Thursday September 6th, 2018

But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to make a promise to the Lord. He is the Most High God. He is the Creator of heaven and earth. I’ve said I will not accept anything that belongs to you. I will not take even a thread or the strap of a sandal. You will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’”

Genesis 14:22-23 (NIRV)

A Promise to God

Abraham remains very accountable to his God. He introduces him as Creator of heaven and earth. Abraham does not give the glory to any one else other than his God.

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Newfoundland almost became part of the United States. Following World War II, Newfoundlanders were tasked with deciding on the future of their dominion. Despite all of the benefits of creating a union with Canada, many saw that the strong US ties on the island were more promising than anything Canada had to offer. During the Cold War, the United States had five military bases in Newfoundland, offering protection for eastern US cities from Soviet bombers. The Newfoundland economy had built close ties to the US.

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The Westminster Catechism begins by asking what the chief aim of man is. The answer is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Following his victory over the armies that had defeated Sodom and Gomorrah, the king of Sodom offers to make Abram a very wealthy man – allowing him to keep everything that belonged to the Sodomites, that had been recovered by Abram. But Abram turns down the offer, saying this to the king of Sodom in Genesis 14:22-23, “I have raised my hand to make a promise to the Lord. He is the Most High God. He is the Creator of heaven and earth. I’ve said I will not accept anything that belongs to you. I will not take even a thread or the strap of a sandal. You will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’” Abram has committed his life to the glory of God. He would allow nothing to lessen that. There is much in this world that clamours for our attention. As followers of Jesus, we must honour and glorify Him alone. How can you do so today?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley