Words from the Heart for Thursday February 22nd, 2018
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
Isaiah 53:6 (NLT)
The Sins of Us All
What a picture of our need of a Saviour. Sheep are followers who are very easily led astray. They will go with the crowd along a pathway even if there is danger awaiting them. We are like that, too. We definitely are sinners who choose wrong paths. The Lord laid all of our sins on the Saviour that we might be born into a new life of obedient following of the Lord.
The Canadian diaspora is the group of Canadians living outside the borders of Canada. According to a 2010 report by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, there were 2.8 million Canadian citizens abroad (plus an unknown number of former citizens and descendants of citizens). For comparison, that is a larger population than six of the ten Canadian provinces. More than 9% of all Canadian citizens live outside of Canada. Back in 2009 it was reported that more than one million Canadians live in the USA.
When God created Adam and Eve and put them in Garden of Eden the Bible says that God walked with them. It is a beautiful picture of the perfect relationship that the Creator God had with the highest of His creation. It came to a crashing end when sin entered the human heart and Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden. That sin infected every human heart ever since and we continue to walk away from the God who loves us. God has done everything He can to draw us back to Himself. Isaiah 53:6 puts it beautifully this way: “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” While the question that asks, “if God seems a long way away, who moved?” sounds trite, the truth is that it is a fair question. It is we who have moved away from God. God comes after us. He always has. He is the God who pursues. And He did it most effectively through Jesus, who took our sins on Himself.
These have been words from the heart.