Words from the Heart for Thursday August 3rd, 2017
May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children.
Psalm 115:14 (NIV)
May the Lord Cause You to Flourish
We never want to stop moving forward in our walk with the Lord. He wants us to flourish. The Bible encourages us to not settle for what we already have. If we have much from the Lord, let us push for knowing Him more! Don’t stop now! Move forward and discover more.
In this year of celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, we stand amazed at how our nation has been able to flourish in so many different ways. When asked what the reason was, MP Ali Ehsassi replied, “As we approach the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it’s important to bear in mind that this historic occasion was anything but inevitable. The Canada that we know now—vast, innovative, peaceful, diverse, and democratic—was the result of some good fortune but also extraordinary hard work on the part of successive generations of Canadians. What makes us unique is an overwhelming desire to continuously strive towards something greater. I am confident that we will meet whatever challenges await us over the next 150 years with the same determination, generosity of spirit, and decency that we have demonstrated over the past 150 years.”
God wants you to flourish, in every area of your life. He loves you without reservation and His desire for your life is that you would be blessed in every way. This sounds too good to be true, but the Bible speaks of this principle time after time. Psalm 115:14 says: “May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children.” The context of the Psalm is the contrast between Jehovah God and the gods of the nations around Israel at the time of King David. He describes them as having mouths but cannot speak, having eyes, but cannot see, having ears but cannot hear and so on. These idols are powerless, lifeless, useless. What a contrast to the God of Israel, the living God, who speaks, sees, hears, acts and moves on behalf of His people. He speaks into their lives and blesses them with every good gift. The lives of those who don’t know the Lord by faith is one of constant striving and desperate attempts to get ahead in this world. Those who have come into relationship with the living God live lives not of striving but of trusting and as we trust we find that our God meets our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Is your life flourishing right now? If not, put your hope in Jesus Christ and He will cause you to flourish.
These have been words from the heart.