Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 22nd, 2019
Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.
Exodus 22:22-23 (NIV)
I Will Hear Their Cry
If you’ve ever travelled with an infant to another country and wondered why all the other babies seem so quiet, science has now provided you with an answer — they’re not Canadian. According to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, in an investigation of 8,690 infants from primarily North American and European countries, Canadian babies are among the biggest criers, and one of the populations to most likely suffer from colic.
The faith that has been revealed to us in God’s word has both horizontal and vertical implications. It begins with the vertical – a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus’ completed work on the cross. In this our sins are forgiven and we come before our God clean and pure in Him. But this free gift is not offered to us simply so we can sit and soak in the blessings of God, as wonderful as they are. Out of the vertical relationship comes the call to serve the world that God loves so much. This is taught early in Scripture. In Exodus 22:22-23 we read: “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.” It is a cliché, but we are called to be the hands and feet of God to this world. God has a special place in His heart for those who are hurting. Over and over in the Bible we hear about God’s heart for the widows and orphans. God consistently calls us to love them and serve them in His name and with His compassion. Look for the opportunities He brings your way to do that today. I’m Bob Beasley and these have been words from the heart.
These have been words from the heart.