Words from the Heart for Thursday February 16th, 2017
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
Psalm 25:3 (NIV)
Not Put to Shame
We may have those who oppose us because we are followers of Jesus. They may even resist us and tell us we are missing out on “real life.” However, this verse declares to us that we will never be put to shame when we place our hope and confidence in Him. Pray for those who oppose you that they will also come to know Him.
Other than some rather non-trivial historical episodes, Canada has very little for which to be ashamed, certainly compared to some war torn countries. However, sometimes our infrastructure can be a bit shameful. A lot of that has to do with the immense size of our nation compared to our small population, and the crazy contrasts in weather than we experience, from oppressively hot in the summer to bone chilling cold in the winter. Each year the Canadian Automobile Association members vote on the worst roads in Ontario, and last May a new one bumped and jostled its way to the top of the list: Country Road 49 in Prince Edward County. The road, which stretches approximately 20kms from the Quinte Skyway Bridge to the town of Picton, is a major tourism and industrial route.
Sin always leads to shame. When we choose to act in a way that transgresses God’s law we can count on our sin catching up to us. In this day when social networking broadcasts our every mistake and error in judgment, it is possible that our shame will be known by more than just a few. There is only one way to avoid being shamed. King David writes in Psalm 25:3: “No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.” The antidote to shame is to live, empowered by Jesus, a life of victory. When we put our trust in Jesus Christ, we are no longer trusting in our own inadequate power to overcome the world. Instead His power is unleashed in us and through us, giving us all we need to live a life of purity. Our natural inclination is for personal gain and that means doing anything necessary for our own good. We see too many in our world who are driven by this and who are “treacherous without cause” to use David’s words. This leads to shame, and sometimes far worse. How much wiser is it to experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ, who changes our desires and pursuits from selfishness that brings shame, to God focused desires that bring honour to the Lord and blessing to us. Where is your focus today?
These have been words from the heart.