Words from the Heart for Sunday July 3rd, 2016
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Proverbs 17:1 (NIV)
Peace is Most Important
Poverty with peace is better than prosperity with problems. Joy and happiness are not determined by our outward circumstances. How are you cultivating a heart of contentment?
According to the United Nations’ Global Peace Index, Canada ranks 4th behind Iceland, Denmark and New Zealand. The GPI ranks 158 nations using 23 indicators which gauge ongoing domestic and international conflict, societal safety and security and militarization. Canada spends more on its health care system than on its armed forces. Canada is home to over 6.7 million foreign-born individuals, representing approximately 21% of the total Canadian population. Among the G8 countries, Canada has the highest proportion of foreign-born population some 21%. Second generation Canadians, which refers to individuals who were born in Canada but had at least one parent born outside Canada, make up over 17% of the Canadian population. Combined, first and second generation immigrants make up approximately 37% of the Canadian population (almost 13,000,000 people!)
We live in a day where the things that please the flesh are primary. Food and cooking programs are everywhere. Gyms are filled and we are bombarded online and in the grocery line magazines with sexuality. Not surprisingly, people find these things do not provide the spiritual fulfillment that we long for, so the search for inner peace continues. We humans are such fascinating creatures – the mix of physical, emotional and spiritual. And we long for purpose and meaning. Where do find this? King Solomon is known to be the wisest man ever and he spent his life examining human nature, and while he lived many centuries ago, human nature has not changed. So his advice is eternal. In Proverbs 17:1 Solomon writes “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.” Ultimately the things of the flesh to not satisfy. We can have more than enough food, and everything else that serves the flesh, but they do not bring peace. Solomon, who was King of a great kingdom and did have everything he needed materially, understood that all his wealth and riches meant nothing if there wasn’t peace in his heart and life. Where do find that peace? Only in a relationship with Jesus Christ, who removes our sin and draws us into relationship with Him. If you are longing for peace in your heart and life, turn your life over to Him by faith. And His peace will be yours.
These have been words from the heart.