Words from the Heart for Monday May 23rd, 2016
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8 (NIV)
The Book of Law
In Canada, Victoria Day is celebrated every May in honour of the first sovereign ruler of Canada, who died in 1901. One of her quotes: “That book (the Bible) accounts for the supremacy of England.” What do you think the relationship is between a nation’s success and its people’s habit of reading the Bible?
Canada’s first immigration act was enacted in 1869, just two years after Confederation, and it contained few restrictions on immigration. The Immigration Act of 1869 primarily focused on ensuring the safety of immigrants during their passage to Canada and protecting them from exploitation upon their arrival. Prime Minister John A. Macdonald hoped an open immigration policy would encourage the settlement of the West; however, large-scale immigration failed to become a reality as the rate of emigration remained well above the rate of immigration throughout the late nineteenth century. The next immigration issue came 16 years later with the appointment of The Royal Commission on Chinese Immigration. Many Canadians protested that the Chinese, who had come in large numbers to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway, were immoral, prone to disease and incapable of assimilation. A 10 dollar-a-head tax was recommended.
Most of us don’t think often of the how much of our lives are governed by laws. And we don’t often think of how good life is because of laws. For example, the law says that we should drive on the right side of the road. I’m grateful that most people obey that law. Society would be in disarray if people didn’t obey the basic laws of society. God gives laws as well and they have the same effect. The book of Joshua describes the people of Israel as they enter the promised land and begin to establish their nation. And right at the beginning of the book, in Joshua 1:8, we read “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” God often gives a command with a promise and this is one of the best. If we would be people of the Book, if we would commit ourselves to being students of God’s Word, and decide to live by its principles, we can stand on the promise here, then we have the promise of spiritual prosperity and success. Christians get into trouble when they say they are followers of God but live like the world. Jesus transforms every part of our lives and when we commit ourselves to living according to His Word, life will bring so many blessings. Try it out today.
These have been words from the heart.