Words from the Heart for Monday September 12th, 2016

And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NLT)

Gifts from God

A good day of work. A delicious meal. These are simple pleasures that are gifts from God. Thank Him for His kindness to you in giving you some enjoyment today.

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Devotion

As Canada approaches her sesquicentennial – a fancy way to say her 150th birthday – it’s a good time to consider some of the many gifts that our nation has given to the world. There are far too many to mention here, but here are some you may not be aware of. After hundreds of experiments, in 1904 pharmacist John J McLaughlin achieved the perfect formula for his now globally popular drink – Canada Dry Ginger Ale. In 1942, Donald L Hings and Alfred J Gross walked away from each other, but were able to communicate with each other on their new invention – the walkie talkie. And when that next big snow storm hits next January, you can thank a Canadian – Arthur Sicard – who back in 1925 invented the snowblower. It makes winter in Canada a bit more bearable.

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The classic hymn tells us that all good gifts around us are sent from heaven above. It goes on to instruct us, then, to thank the Lord for all His love. This is a common theme in Scripture. The book of James tells us that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Centuries before the disciple of Jesus wrote that, the author of Ecclesiastes put the same principle this way: “And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.” There is a reason that Jews and Christians have taken time to thank the Lord God for his provision of food. Saying grace is a long tradition. God revealed to the Jewish people that His name is Jehovah Jireh, or more correctly Yahweh Yireh, the Lord who provides. He fed the people of Israel in the desert for 40 years with manna and quail. He expressed His care to them in practical ways. He does the same for us, and godly people recognize this. It is easy to thank the Lord for the miracles He provides. But we need to be sure to thank Him for the everyday miracles of food and drink and everything else that we have because of the work that we do. We may work for what we have, but it is God that provides the blessings that comes as a result of work. Let’s not forget to thank him.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley