Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 7th, 2019
Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it!
Isaiah 34:1 (NIV)
Justice at Last
Canada’s system of courts is complex. Each province and territory has its own courts, as well as courts that have national jurisdiction. The Supreme Court of Canada presides over the entire system. The courts’ primary task is administering justice – that is, ensuring that disputes are settled and crimes are prosecuted fairly and in accordance with Canada’s legal and constitutional structure. The federal government appoints and pays judges for the superior courts in each province, judges at the federal level, and administrates the Supreme Court of Canada.
We live in a world of great injustice. If you aren’t smart enough, or good looking enough, you may be bullied as a child and ostracized as an adult. If you are born into a Christian family, or become a follower of Jesus in many countries, you will be unjustly persecuted. If your skin colour isn’t just right, in too many parts of the globe you will face discrimination. Far too many innocent children are trafficked into the sex trade, or given a weapon and forced to join an army. And we wonder if the God of compassion sees all of this. Isaiah 34 leaves no doubt. It begins with these words: “Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it.” God is calling the nations to Himself, but not to bless them. The rest of the chapter deals with God pouring out His justice on those who mistreat those He loves the most. There is coming a judgment day. There is only one way to escape – trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour, out of which will come a life of obedience, compassion and justice.
These have been words from the heart.