Words from the Heart for Sunday September 24th, 2017
The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
Proverbs 10:27 (NIV)
Long Life, Short Life
We continue to see the wonderful way that the fear of the Lord adds so much to our lives. We honour Him and reverence Him because He is holy and He is worthy. But, we also gain so much from this relationship with our God. Even the promise of living life longer and with so much more meaning is ours. The choice to live in the fear of the Lord requires something of us but brings so much into our lives.
The US/Canada border is the longest in the world and is not defended militarily by either country. The terrestrial boundary, including portions of maritime boundaries in the Great Lakes, and on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts, is 8,891 kilometres long. This includes 2,475 kilometres of Canada’s border with Alaska. Eight Canadian provinces and thirteen US states are located along the border. There remains five disputed border areas, on both coasts and in the high arctic.
One of the great tensions of the Christian life is the pull for eternity and at the same time the desire to live long in order to be with those we love, and impact the world with the love of Jesus. King Solomon knew something of that tension, and he also noticed that those who live a godly life live longer. Proverbs 10:27 says “The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.” Sin is a tough task master. It leads to guilt, shame and fear, all of which have a detrimental effect on a person’s physical life. People go to great lengths to try to cover their sin and guilt. They abuse drugs and alcohol, get involved in lifestyles that bring harm to themselves and to those whom they love. Life is shortened. When we live instead by Biblical principles, honouring the Lord by what we do and how we live, we enjoy the blessing of God which, Solomon says, includes a long life. Jesus said that He had come that we might have life and life to the fullest. How are you experiencing that today?
These have been words from the heart.