Words from the Heart for Sunday July 2nd, 2017
When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
Psalm 73:16-17 (NIV)
Then I Understood
Many things come that deeply trouble us. We cannot possibly understand them until we go into the Presence of the Lord. There we see things from a different place. We look at the eternal measurement of things. Everything looks different from there!
Yesterday, July 1, 2017 was Canada’s 150th birthday and we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Andrew Archibald MacDonald was the youngest of the Fathers of Confederation. He was born in Prince Edward Island in 1829, which means he was only 35 when he attended the Charlottetown Conference in 1864. He had been elected to the Legislature of the Province of Prince Edward Island at the age of 25. Although Prince Edward Island chose not to join Confederation in 1867, MacDonald remained a member of the PEI legislature, continuing to press for the province to join Confederation, and helped pass PEI’s Confederation Act that brought the province into Confederation in 1873. The following year he was appointed the Lieutenant Governor of his beloved island province and later served in the Canadian Senate.
There is a lot about life that we just don’t understand. We all have questions for which we long to have answers. How often have we said, “I guess that will have to wait until we get to heaven.” While this is true, the Psalmist Asaph teaches us that even before we get to Glory, there is a way for us to understand more deeply the things of the Lord. He looked around noticed that from a human perspective those who were not walking with the Lord, and who even mocked the things of God, seemed to have an easy time of life and prospered. It didn’t seem fair to him. But then something happened to suddenly change his perspective. In Psalm 73:16-17 he says “When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.” What Asaph had to learn is that what appears to be so from a human perspective is not at all what reality is from God’s perspective. It was when he got sight of God that he began to see the world through God’s eyes. And what he saw was that the day was coming when those who are living their lives as though God didn’t exist will perish while those who stay close to the Lord will find refuge. What a great promise. So keep close to God, and see the world, and your life, through His eyes.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’