Words from the Heart for Friday June 23rd, 2017
They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. “Who will ever notice?” they ask. As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning. But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down.
Psalm 64:5-7 (NLT)
Struck Down by God
Man without God thinks he is getting away with things. He assumes he has no need of God and is unstoppable. All of this is known to God and seen by Him. The Lord will take them by surprise because He is God.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. You may be surprised to learn that not every man who attended the various conferences that led to the formation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867 was a proponent of the new Confederation. One such participant was George Coles, from Prince Edward Island. Unlike many others who attended the conferences who were born to privilege, Coles was born into a family of moderate means, and he built a brewery and distillery business in his home province. Long a proponent of responsible government, he disagreed with the final outcome of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences that he attended, and became an opponent of Confederation. His opposition played a part in keeping PEI out of the original union of 1867.
David was not without his enemies. In fact, many of his enemies were from those within in his own family. His life was not easy, and as is often the case, that powerful men and women are the focus of great criticism and danger. We see this in our day of social networking, where one wrong word from a politician can lead to weeks of horrific criticism and even threats to their lives. David didn’t have to face social networks, but he did have to face networks of enemies who were determined to bring him down. In Psalm 64 he cries out to God and voices his complaint. In fact, he vents to God, laying before the Lord all the schemes of his enemies. And as he does so, his faith grows. In Psalm 64:5-7 he makes this statement of fact and then faith: “They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. ‘Who will ever notice?’ they ask. As they plot their crimes, they say, ‘We have devised the perfect plan!’ Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning. But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down.” There is a deep lesson for all of us who love the Lord. Like David, when we are facing challenging times, we can lay out our needs before God, and then in trust, leave the challenges with Him. Have you?
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’