Words from the Heart for Sunday January 15th, 2017
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:10 (NIV)
Those Who Seek
Our greatest testimony of victory will come from the certainty that the Lord is trustworthy. He has pledged Himself to us. He will never forsake those who seek Him. In the hour of great need, we may feel all alone. Others may not be there for us. However, that is when the promise of our God stands true. He is with us. We can confidently put our trust in Him.
Canada is home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the oldest, L’anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site in Newfoundland, where the Vikings settled for a time. Through these sites, visitors discover and learn more about Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. Last August the federal government, for the first time in over a decade, has given Canadians the opportunity to suggest additions to that list. Communities are invited to nominate our country’s most exceptional places to Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites as a way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The closing date for applications is January 27, 2017. As well, the federal government is seeking candidates for a Ministerial Advisory Committee that will review the nominations. The Committee will be made up of Canadian experts in the field of natural and cultural heritage, and will include Indigenous representation.
Sin has done terrible things in destroying lives and relationships. At the heart of sin is selfishness. We want our own way and our self-focus means that we are easily angered and hurt by others. As much of an impact sin has on interpersonal relationships, the most serious relationship break is between God and human beings. God is holy and sin can’t enter into His presence. But He loves us and wants a relationship with us. So He plants within the human heart a longing for Him. King David understood this and gives a great promise about those who genuinely seek the Lord. In Psalm 10:17-18 we read “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” God never forsakes those who seek him. He understood the longing in the human heart for forgiveness and redemption. From the moment sin entered into the human experience way back in the Garden of Eden, God began to come after His highest of creation. As much as we long for relationship with God, He longs for a relationship with us even more. There is more joy in heaven over the one sheep that was lost and then found than the other 99 that were never lost, Jesus taught. And the height of God’s desire to have a relationship with us was the coming of Jesus, God with us. Here is a promise to you – if you are seeking God, trust Jesus, and you will meet God.
These have been words from the heart.