Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 13th, 2019
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Acts 16:30-31 (NIV)
In an online article called “You Won’t Believe How Much Food Is Grown in Canada” we are told that Canada grows 50 varieties of apples. So many apples are grown in Canada that every Canadian can have 100 apples each. If you laid out the blueberries grown in Canada in one year, they would cover an area the size of Toronto. There are 950,000 dairy cows in Canada on 11,000 dairy farms. That’s the same number of maple syrup farms. They produce enough maple syrup to fill 17 Olympic size swimming pool.
Paul and Silas were in prison in Philippi, worshiping in song and prayer, when an earthquake struck. It was so violent, it shook the prison doors open and the chains fell off. The prison guard assumed that Paul and Silas had escaped and was about to commit suicide – a fate better than what he would have faced from his superiors had the prisoners escaped. But Paul and Silas were still there. Acts 16:30-31 tells us what happened next. Speaking of the prison guard, it says, “He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” God used a crisis in the life of this guard to bring him to saving faith in Jesus Christ. God often does this. It is the same principle that Joseph mentions when speaking to his brothers in Genesis 50: “you meant this for evil, but God meant it for good.” Whatever crisis or challenge you are facing right now, look beyond the immediate to see what God is going to do to bring blessing, and perhaps salvation, out of your seemingly impossible situation.
These have been words from the heart.