Words from the Heart for Sunday August 27th, 2017
He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.
Proverbs 2:7 (NIV)
Success and a Shield
We often read about people who have been given great awards and are honoured by many. We can feel very left out by the success of others. However, the Word of the Lord comforts and encourages us that He actually has kept things stored up for us. He will not only reveal these things when we seek Him, but He will also shield us. He really is committed to us.
The largest geological region in Canada is the Canadian Shield. Marked by lakes and rivers, rocks and muskeg, the natural resources that it contains have resulted in much of Canada’s prosperity since its inception as a nation. The first modern hard-rock mine in the Canadian Shield, near Madoc, Ontario, opened in 1866 after gold was found there. Substantial gold discoveries were also made in Ontario at Kirkland Lake in 1906 and Timmins in 1912, and in Québec at Rouyn-Noranda in 1920. Around the same time, silver was discovered near Cobalt, Ontario, in 1903. The town prospered during the silver rush of the early 20th century. While gold mines still operate near Kirkland Lake and Timmins, there are no longer any active mines in Colbalt or Rouyn-Noranda — a reality not uncommon for early mining towns.
There is one way to never have to worry about going to jail. It is fairly simply – don’t break the law. There is one way to never have to worry about being embarrassed by sin and that is to live a life of integrity. King Solomon noticed this in his day – millennia back. In Proverbs 2:7 he writes: “He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.” Here is a principle of the Kingdom of God. When a person, redeemed by Jesus Christ, lives a life according to Biblical principles, God becomes a shield, and success is guaranteed. Success comes by living a life of integrity, a life guided by the Holy Spirit and based on the truth of God’s word. And when a person is committed to Jesus Christ and living by Bible principles, naturally he or she can count on being shielded by the Lord. This too, is a Kingdom of God principle. If you want to know that God is watching over you, protecting you from embarrassment and shame, then live a blameless life. Live your life according to what Jesus teaches. Even those who hated Him couldn’t find anything with which to charge Him, no matter how they tried. In the end they had to make up false charges against Him. We are called to live the same life of integrity and when we do, God will be our shield.
These have been words from the heart.