Words from the Heart for Friday February 3rd, 2017
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple.
Psalm 19:7 (NRSV)
The Law of the Lord
The Word of the Lord and His ways are not duty. His ways are instead “life-giving” to us. We always benefit from following His ways. The enemy would want us to complain and doubt our God. Let us instead celebrate how wonder-filled are His ways.
Most Canadians know that Canada was formed with the enactment of the Constitution Act of 1867 – formerly known as the British North America Act. However, this was not the first Constitutional Act in Canadian history. In 1791 the Constitution Act, an act of the British Parliament, created Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Although it was a first step towards Canadian Confederation, its rigid colonial structures also set the stage for rebellion in the two Canadas some four decades later. The Act of 1791 was also notable for a voting franchise that was inclusive by the standards of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, particularly as it included women in Lower Canada who owned property. The changes were brought about by the sudden influx of Loyalists into what is now Ontario following the American Revolution.
In a world where there is so little we feel we can trust, there is one place we can look for the truth. God’s Word has stood the test of time. For thousands of years in spite of untold numbers of doubters and enemies, the Bible has proven to be unassailable. The attack on God’s Word began in the third chapter of the Bible when the Devil asked Eve, “did God really say…?” He has been all about putting doubt in the minds of people about the veracity of God’s Word. But godly men and women have found the word of God to be completely trustworthy and full of truth. Psalm 19:7 says “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple.” The great King David often found himself searching God’s law for the wisdom he needed to live a life of purity in order to honour the Lord. He sought God’s Word when he needed wisdom in guiding his nation and setting a godly example as a leader. The Bible is not always popular. The principles it sets out are often at odds with the spirit of the age. But David knew that only God’s Word can revive the soul spiritually and give wisdom that is beyond anything that even the wisest human can offer. Are you trusting God’s Word? What impact has it had on your life this week?
These have been words from the heart.