Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 13th, 2019

Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel: “This is what the Lord commands: When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.”

Numbers 30:1-2 (NIV)

 

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As Good As His Word

There is some interesting history to some of the words we Canadians use regularly. For example, the names of Lake Huron and Huronia stem from a vicious, racist insult. Huron in old French meant “long-haired clod.” French soldiers labeled the Wendat people with this nasty misnomer in the 17th century. And, once widely used in the Arctic to spur on sled dogs, “Mush! Mush! On, you huskies!” sounds like a word from Inuktitut. However, early French trappers first used it, borrowing the term from the Canadian French command to a horse to go: “Marche! Marche!” Yes, it’s Québécois for giddyap!

It has been correctly said that a man is only as good as his word. There was a day when an agreement was finalized by a handshake and when a person made a promise you could count on it being kept. Now we sign everything in triplicate and pass it by the lawyer to ensure it will stand up in court. Christians are called to the highest standards when it comes to agreements and promises. This has always been so. In Numbers 30:1-2 we read this: “Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel: “This is what the Lord commands: When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.”” God’s people are called to the highest standards when it comes to any relationship. When a Christian husband or wife makes a vow at their wedding, it should be kept forever. Likewise in a business relationship. How is your reputation, both within the family of God and outside?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley