Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 31st, 2018
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)
When we look at creation we are reminded that God is very great and we are very small and limited. We may try to ignore the Lord or deceive ourselves that we can “get away with it.” Even as children we think no one is looking. But, before our Creator God there are no secrets. This is actually an act of His mercy so that sin does not get a foothold in our lives.
According to a report from CBC Edmonton this past January, a report by Alberta’s child advocate laid bare the tragic youth suicide numbers in the province. More than 70 per cent of the 35 young people who took their own lives between 2012 and 2017 were Indigenous. All of the 35 youth who died were either in government care, receiving intervention services, or had previous involvement with the child intervention system. Twenty-five of the 35 young people who killed themselves were Indigenous.
Since sin entered into the human experience, men and women have worked hard at avoiding God. They innately know that the God who created them is seeking them, and knows them better than they know themselves. In their efforts to be free of Him, they engage in all sorts of activities that instead of setting them free, actually binds them in sin, guilt and shame. How much better is life when we heed the words of Hebrews 4:13: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” God doesn’t miss a thing. He knows the deepest recesses of our heart and loves us anyway. As the God of justice, He cannot ignore sin. One day He will uncover all things and our sin will be laid bare. But God loves you, and doesn’t want to you live with that sin, guilt and shame. So He has sent a Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, who took upon Himself the punishment that I deserve. So when I put my trust in Him, there is nothing left uncovered, or unforgiven.
These have been words from the heart.