Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 23rd, 2018
Don’t you know who made everything? Haven’t you heard about him? Hasn’t it been told to you from the beginning? Haven’t you understood it ever since the earth was made?
Isaiah 40:21 (NIRV)
Hearing and Understanding
Isaiah is writing to a people growing weary in their expectation. How can they believe for the Lord to fulfill His promises to them? The Spirit directs their confidence to the One who is Creator. He made the whole universe. He is worthy of their expectation. He has all power to fulfill His promises.
The Government of Canada funds a program called Understanding Canada. Its aim is to promote Canada’s interests in the world by developing a greater knowledge and understanding of Canada, its values and its culture among scholars and other influential groups abroad. The program is intended for foreign academics who want to study about or conduct research on Canada. Some components of the program are also available to promote teaching, publications and conferences about Canada in various disciplines. There are funding options for both individuals and organizations.
There is a huge difference between hearing something and understanding something. I sat in math class in the day and I heard everything the teacher was teaching. But I sure didn’t understand what she was teaching – and that isn’t an indictment on her teaching skills. There is a spiritual principle here. The prophet writes this in Isaiah 40:21: “Don’t you know who made everything? Haven’t you heard about him? Hasn’t it been told to you from the beginning? Haven’t you understood it ever since the earth was made?” The people of Israel had been told for generations the stories of God’s creation and His ownership of all things. The questions that Isaiah asks are rhetorical – of course, they had heard. But the truth hadn’t impacted their thinking or their actions. They were living their lives as if God didn’t exist. So do many in our world today – even some who claim to be walking with Jesus. The word of God is designed to change our way of thinking and our way of living. Are you allowing it to? Live your life today with the understanding of the true nature of God.
These have been words from the heart.