Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 25th, 2019
But you have planted the seeds of doing what is wrong. So you have harvested the fruit of your evil conduct. You have had to eat the fruit of your lies. You have trusted in your own strength. You have depended on your many soldiers.
Hosea 10:13 (NIRV)
Over the last decade, natural resource wealth accounted for between 12% and 19% of Canada’s total wealth. Natural resources not only generate wealth but also contribute the raw materials to create other types of wealth such as buildings, bridges, machinery and equipment. Timber and iron are used extensively in constructing houses and bridges. Machinery and equipment are made from a variety of metals such as iron, copper and zinc.
The Christian life is a walk of faith. As Proverbs 3:5-6 says, we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. The problem is that too often we strive to live the Christian life in our own power and strength. The result is that we struggle to live up to God’s standards and we fail more than we succeed. That isn’t God’s plan and it isn’t the Christian life that Jesus has for us. Listen to the warning God gives to His people in Hosea 10:13: “But you have planted the seeds of doing what is wrong. So you have harvested the fruit of your evil conduct. You have had to eat the fruit of your lies. You have trusted in your own strength. You have depended on your many soldiers.” When we depend on human resources and not on the Lord Himself, we will always fail. Sin will forever trip us up – we just don’t have the power to walk in victory in our strength. God’s resources are never ending and always available. We just have to ask. If you are finding that you are constantly failing God, ask Him to forgive you for trying to do the Christian life in your own strength and He will pour His life into yours.
These have been words from the heart.