Words from the Heart for Friday October 28th, 2016
WWe are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
The trials of life feel like they will destroy us. The promise of the gospel is that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness because of His great power at work in us. Ask God for sustaining grace for the trials that you or a loved one may be facing.
According to the Canola Council of Canada, a study released in 2013 shows Canadian-grown canola contributes $19.3 billion to the Canadian economy each year, including more than 249,000 Canadian jobs and $12.5 billion in wages. Canola generates one quarter of all farm cash receipts. Acreage continues to increase because of the profitability and resilience of the crop. 43,000 farmers grow canola, mostly in the western provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec also grow a substantial amount of the crop. Canada’s canola processing industry transforms harvested seeds into oil and meal, which are then manufactured into a wide variety of products. Canada’s 14 crushing and refining plants have the capacity to crush about 10 million tonnes of canola seed, and produce about 3 million tonnes of canola oil and 4 million tonnes of canola meal annually.
Life can sometimes be challenging. Events take place that rock our world – financial pressures, family crisis, health problems and a variety of others issues – can be overwhelming. Becoming a follower of Christ does not automatically guarantee that we are going to be free from these kinds of pressures. In fact, the Bible is very clear that we are going to. In Paul’s day and in many parts of our world today Christians face the extra danger of persecution for their faith. The churches to whom Paul sent his epistles often had to deal with opposition and oppression. So Paul wrote to encourage them. In 2 Corinthians 4:7, Paul writes: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” In spite of the worst that life and opposers could throw at them, Paul encouraged the believers to remember that in Christ they are more than conquerors. The Bible never sugarcoats our lives, nor does it just espouse pie in the sky things. The reality is that life can be difficult. Sometimes we feel pressed on both sides and we wonder what in the world is happening in our lives and in the greater world. Paul reminds us, as he did the Corinthians, that no matter what comes our way today, no matter what unexpected challenge we face, in Christ we are not crushed, abandoned or destroyed. God is with you through it all. Trust Him.
These have been words from the heart.