Words from the Heart for Friday August 25th, 2017
My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
Proverbs 2:1-2 (NLT)
Treasure My Commands
In which direction do my ears go first? Am I distracted by the many opinions around me of how I should order my life? I am His child. That means I can depend on Him to speak to me. I treasure what He tells me. I choose to take time to listen to Him when all around me the opposite ways may be promoted. “Lord, You have my attention. I am eager to hear from You.”
Yesterday we spoke about the DEW Line, the Cold War first line of defense across Northern Canada and Alaska. The idea was that if the Soviets came across the North Pole in attacking Canada and the USA – the shortest route – the early warning would give the US Air Force time to get bombers off the ground and ICBMs launched. While the stations along the DEW Line were in the high arctic, on the 69th parallel, so north of the Arctic Circle, the computers that tracked the radar stations were at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado, the home of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, simply known as NORAD. The Command centre for NORAD is currently at the Peterson Air Force Base, adjacent to the Colorado Springs airport, under the command of both a Canadian and American general.
Many of us remember our school days when teachers would have to bring us back from staring out the classroom window daydreaming. The teacher would get our attention and encourage us to concentrate on our work. We would force ourselves to do so and pay attention to what was being taught. If this was important when it came to school, and it was, how much more important is it when it comes to the things of God. Solomon recognized this and wrote, in Proverbs 2:1-2: “My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.” There is so much in our world that demands our attention. We can spend hours a day online, dealing with emails, caring for children and elderly family members, and a myriad of other needs both sublime and ridiculous. They seemingly call for our attention constantly. But Solomon tells us that we ought to take even more time paying attention to what God says. It will take an act of your will. What will make it easier, Solomon reminds us, is if we treasure God’s commands, if we long to know how God wants us to live and walk in victory. If this is the longing of our heart, it won’t be difficult to tune our ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding what God is telling us.
These have been words from the heart.