Words from the Heart for Friday March 3rd, 2017

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

Isaiah 53:6 (NLT)

The Sins of Us All

Oh how we need a Saviour! We each have strayed and left His paths. We thought our way was better. He has carried that sin that we might be free to follow Him. His death on the cross has brought new life to us.

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Devotion

Sometimes going off the beaten path doesn’t mean having to travel very far. Just 90 kilometres east of Winnipeg you will find one of Canada’s most interesting paths – but it is a water path rather than a rocky one and you will need a canoe. The Pinawa River meanders through paddies of wild rice as it heads towards the Pinawa Dam. The 13 metre high structure was Manitoba’s first year round hydro generating station built more than a century ago, and has been decommissioned for over six decades. The dam, which is showing the effects of erosion and past military exercises involving dynamite, is easily accessible and is now the centrepiece of a provincial park. Be sure to take the time to walk around the structure and where safe, climb to the top. The view from there is beautiful.

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Poor sheep. The picture we have of them is one of constant wandering. Without a shepherd, to keep them in line, they would be forever off in their own world, far from the safety of the flock. That is the picture that the Bible paints of every human being. Isaiah 53:6 puts it this way “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” God is the good shepherd. He loves us and is committed to taking care of us. The problem is we all are like sheep. Every one of us. We have decided we want to go our own way instead of following God’s way. Sin and selfish desire has caused this. I wouldn’t have blamed God, our Creator, one bit if He has simply thrown up His hands in frustration and disgust and said, “if that’s what they want, let them go.” But He didn’t – He couldn’t because He loves us. So He came after us in Jesus. He began by taking the punishment our sins deserve. God laid on Jesus all my sins and yours. By doing so, our sins can be removed, if you will ask Him to do so. He made every move necessary to draw us back to himself. Have you responded in faith to His love?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley