Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 17th, 2019
Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.
1 Chronicles 10:13-14 (NIV)
Scammers have been impersonating clergy from Nova Scotia’s Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth to send phishing emails to parishioners. CTV news called it Phishing the Faithful. Diocese spokesperson Aurea Sadi told CTV Atlantic, “We realized last week that emails, or fake emails, were being used to solicit favours: money, gift cards. They were basically using fake emails with the names of several priests in our in our diocese… including the archbishop.” It is unclear how many parishioners received such emails, which impersonated nearly half-a-dozen local clergy members.
We love the verses in the Bible that contain promises for our lives, or encouragement. Those tend to be the ones we circle or underline in our Bibles or put on the walls in our homes. But the Bible also includes many verses of instruction and warning. Such are two verses in 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 that deal with the sad end of the life of King Saul: “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.” I’ve never seen these verses on the walls of a believer’s home or a church. But we are wise to heed what it teaches. How wise God’s people are to remain faithful to the Lord and His calling on our lives. How wise we are to inquire of the Lord in prayer. When we do, we will have the assurance of remaining in the centre of His will for our lives and we will experience the joy of being used by the Lord and blessed by Him.
These have been words from the heart.