Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 31st, 2018
“Didn’t I make everything by my power? That is how all things were created,” announces the Lord. “The people I value are not proud. They are sorry for the wrong things they have done. They have great respect for what I say.”
Isaiah 66:2 (NIRV)
The People God Values
Some may say that they are able to live their lives without God. They can make it on their own. However, even the amazing world created by our God reminds us that we are very small and we have need of him. “Lord, we humble ourselves today before you. We need you.”
A website lists a set of Canadian values. Its introductory paragraph says this: “Canadians are known to be some of the most polite, tactful, and peace-loving human beings on the planet. In fact, a stereotypical Canadian is depicted as one who apologizes despite not being at fault. To a certain extent, this is true. Canadian society greatly values tolerance, humility as well as non-violence.” The list of values includes such things as egalitarianism, informality, order and space, punctuality and respect.
Everyone values something. Values spring out of our worldview. If we value material possessions, for example, then we will value anything that helps us acquire things. This is a common worldview in our culture. The Kingdom of God has values – and the Bible lays out very clearly a worldview that aligns us with God’s values. Isaiah 66:2 says, “Didn’t I make everything by my power? That is how all things were created,” announces the Lord. “The people I value are not proud. They are sorry for the wrong things they have done. They have great respect for what I say.” This should come as no surprise to anyone who has studied God’s word. God values the humble and faithful. He honours those who recognize their sin and are quick to seek God’s forgiveness. He values repentance – which is not just feeling sorry for sin, as necessary as that is, but also a desire to live differently than in the past. He understands that we are far from perfect and sin will be a part of our lives. What God values are those who deal with their sin immediately. Do you?
These have been words from the heart.