Words from the Heart for Saturday July 8th, 2017
He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.
Psalm 81:16 (NKJV)
He Would Have Fed Them
So many people all around us are unsatisfied! They are trying so hard to find fulfillment. In the same way that the Lord desired to provide a satisfying journey for His people in the wilderness in Bible times, He longs to do that for us. He is totally able to bring satisfaction to our lives.
The first modern food bank was started in the United States in the 1960s by John van Hengel, a soup kitchen volunteer in Arizona. They grew out of the need during an economic recession at the time and were designed to be a temporary solution. The first food bank in Canada opened in 1981 in Edmonton during a recession caused by an oil industry bust. Today there are over 800 food banks and 3,000 food programs across Canada. Each month approximately 850,000 people access services provided by food banks. The distribution of food to people in need is not a new occurrence. Thirty six years later food banks are still widely used and unfortunately there continues to be a need for them across Canada. In fact, most food banks are busier now than ever.
God loved the people of Israel. The Hebrew Scriptures are filled with God’s actions that flowed out of that deep love for His chosen people. Even when they turned their backs on Him, which they did often, He sought them with passion and compassion. God’s people gave the Lord plenty of opportunities to bail on them – they were fickle far more than faithful. God kept coming after them, drawing their hearts back to Himself. If the people weren’t experiencing God’s richest blessings, it was because they had turned away from Him. Asaph, the author of Psalm 81:16 quotes God, and in his words we see God’s longing to meet the needs of His people. Asaph says “He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.” The people missed out on so much of the Lord’s richest blessings because they failed to seek Him. I wish I could say that this isn’t the case today, but I’m afraid it is. God has so many gifts that He longs to give to us. But we go our own way, dabbling in sin and dealing with the shame and guilt that rises out of sin. Everything we need to live victoriously, every desire of our hearts, is available freely through Jesus Christ. Turn your face towards the Lord and seek Him. He will provide the richest of spiritual blessings to your heart.
These have been words from the heart.