Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 1st, 2021

God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night…God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.

Genesis 1:16-18a (NIV)

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To Govern

There are federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments in Canada. The responsibilities of the federal and provincial governments were defined in 1867 in the British North America Act, now known as the Constitution Act, 1867. In our federal state, the federal government takes responsibility for matters of national and international concern. These include defence, foreign policy, interprovincial trade and communications, currency, navigation, criminal law and citizenship. The provinces are responsible for municipal government, education, health, natural resources, property and civil rights, and highways. 

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Throughout history there have been nations that have fallen into anarchy. The most recent was the African nation of Somalia. For a number of years, it was ungovernable. Countless gangs roamed the country, destroying property and lives at will and pirates plied the nearby seas and ocean and wreaked havoc with the shipping industry. Even the best human leaders pale in comparison to the governing wisdom of God. Genesis 1:16-18a says “God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night…God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.” Theologians describe God as the “creator, preserver and governor of all things” and we see that clearly in these verses. God was speaking the world into being and it was all done in perfect order. It would all reflect His nature – the world has an order to it because He is a God of order. The sun and the moon govern the day and the night, a reflection of God’s ability to govern everything perfectly and in order – including us.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley