Words from the Heart for Friday October 7th, 2016
Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
Isaiah 33:2 (NIV)
Troubles have a way of clarifying our need. What troubles do you face today? Are your troubles driving you to the Lord? Have you asked Him to strengthen you so that you might face this day and keep you walking in the way of holiness?
Back in 2013 when David Jacobson stepped down as US Ambassador to Canada, he stepped into a new role as vice-chairman of BMO Financial Group based out of Chicago. According to Bill Down, Chief Operating Officer for BMO Financial Group “His deep knowledge of both countries — their joint history, privileged relationship and unique interconnectedness — makes the ambassador particularly qualified for this role at BMO where, like so many of our corporate customers, we operate integrated businesses on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.” Jacobson spent 30 years as a lawyer in Chicago specializing in commercial, class action, securities, insurance and business litigation before being appointed as the US Ambassador to Canada. Upon accepting the appointment, Jacobson said, “We have experienced the kindness, the graciousness and the generosity of spirit for which Canadians are famous. I will treasure this experience forever.”
There are some words in the English language that are lovely in every way. One of those words is graciousness. It is based on the root word “grace.” From a non-spiritual perspective, grace is “elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action.” This is a beautiful definition and we all love someone whose life is marked by this kind of grace. God certainly fits this description. As the old worship song says, He is beautiful beyond description – defined by this kind of grace. But in the spiritual realm God’s graciousness is something far more. Isaiah 33:2 says “Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.” This prayer, which we need to pray daily, speaks into God’s grace – which is His free gift of salvation and every other blessing that is ours in Christ. God loves us and pours into our lives “every good and perfect gift” as the book of James says. He does so simply because He loves us and desires us to be like Him. So we pray, Lord be gracious. And He answers that prayer, as the prophet says, by daily providing the strength we need to walk in victory and the salvation we need to have a relationship with Him that lasts throughout this life and into the next. How have you experienced God’s grace today? Thank Him for that and live in expectation of His ongoing graciousness.
These have been words from the heart.