Words from the Heart for Friday January 20th, 2017
Foolish people say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They do all kinds of horrible and evil things. No one does anything good.
Psalm 14:1 (NIRV)
We are shocked to think that people would be so boastful to say that they don’t need God. They assume they are successful on their own. To deny that there is a God and to deny their need of Him is very serious. If they are convinced there is no God, then they feel free to do anything they please. They make up their own rules. This verse describes such people as “fools.”
One of my favourite April Fool’s Day jokes was the press release by Alberta Tourism in 2015 that Lake Louise had been drained and the bottom of the lake repainted in the beautiful turquoise shade blue for which the lake is famous. The press release said that early pioneers first painted the famous lake’s bottom in 1915. According to Leslie Bruce, president and CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism, “hundreds of residents gathered to celebrate the re-painting of the tourist attraction with ‘non-toxic, environmentally friendly paint.” The April Fool’s Day press release quoted the Mayor of Banff, Karen Sorenson, “”My grandpa painted the lakebed 100 years ago and here I am now. We all have to do our part to make sure this province stays beautiful. I’m just happy I can follow in his footsteps.”
The increase in atheism in our world today may seem shocking to many. But there have always been those who have doubted the existence of God. I don’t know how they possibly can. God makes His presence known in so many ways – in His creation, in the way He weaves His way into our lives when we least expect it, through His word. God speaks to us. But there are many who refuse to believe and the Bible speaks about them. Psalm 14:1 tells us “Foolish people say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They do all kinds of horrible and evil things. No one does anything good.” Those who say in their hearts “there is no God” are foolish, the Psalmist writes. Not believing in God doesn’t make any sense. We see His power and majesty all around us. And if we will open the eyes of faith we will see Him in the coincidences of life and in the acts of compassion that others do in His name. While it is undeniable that horrible things have been done throughout history in the name of God, the worst atrocities have been perpetrated by those who deny God’s existence – think of Stalin and Hitler and Pol Pot. They didn’t believe there were any consequences to their actions. But God is real, and perfectly just. To not believe, the Bible says, is foolishness. I prefer to be wise and believe.
These have been words from the heart.