Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 1st, 2020
Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.
Genesis 8:17 (NIV)
According to Statistics Canada, “In recent times, the contribution of natural increase to population growth has waned as the Canadian population aged and fertility rates declined. Today, natural increase accounts for less than one-third of Canada’s population growth and has ceased to be the major player in the equation. Meanwhile, migratory increase plays an increasing role in Canada’s population growth. Migratory increase currently accounts for about two-thirds of Canada’s population growth.” Statistics Canada projects that immigration will continue to be a key driver of population growth in the coming years.”
Even in our day of high Biblical illiteracy, pretty much everybody knows the story of Noah and his boat. God brought judgment on the earth through a great flood. The ark is a picture of God’s salvation – just as Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives were saved from the flood, so those who trust Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord will be delivered from the final judgment at the end of this age. But it wasn’t just human beings who were delivered from God’s judgment. Every living creature was as well. And when the ark landed on dry ground, Genesis 8:17 gives these instructions: “Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.” God was going to repopulate the planet with human beings and the entire animal kingdom. Nothing can thwart His plan to redeem men and women, and to restore all of creation. Jesus is the heart of His redemption plan. Have you trusted Him to be the ark of your salvation?
These have been words from the heart.