Words from the Heart for Thursday February 23rd, 2017
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:13 (KJV)
The Goodness of the Lord
What a powerful declaration of truth and hope! If we did not know the Lord, what would we do? We can live with His peace ruling in our hearts. We can also expect to see His goodness displayed in our lives. If we did not have this hope, we would have no strength to face our days. Share this good news with someone today who may feel like they are ready to give up.
As the fires in and around Fort McMurray blazed last spring, the goodness of Canadians became evident. A Facebook group was started for people who had room available to the Fort Mac residents who had been forced to flee the flames. Besides lodging, people offered meals, pet care, diapers and other necessities. In Anzac, Alberta, population 606, 50 kilometers from Fort McMurray, volunteers served eggs and pancakes to 2,500 people. Then, when the road south was closed, people drove north to a Syncrude work camp. The workers at the camp did their best to give families rooms where they could bunk in together. When the road south reopened and cars lined up for hours at the gas station in Wandering River, someone with a golf cart drove car to car delivering bottles of water.
Many people, even Christians, believe that the Christian faith is all about the future. They live their lives longing to get hauled out of this world and into heaven where they don’t have to deal with the realities of this fallen and sin-sick planet of ours. While the Christian faith is all about eternal life and the promise of an eternity with the Lord, and the Bible tells us that this is the blessed hope of the believer, there is so much more. We are called to be salt and light here in this world. King David recognized this and expresses his longing for the Lord’s blessings in this life when he says, in Psalm 27:13: “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” This is one of my favourite verses in the Bible. David doesn’t gloss over the challenges of living in this world. He admits that even though there are days when he feels like his strength will give out, and which of us hasn’t had days like that, he firmly believes that he will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. In this world. Before he gets to heaven. What a great statement of faith. Through Jesus Christ, God grants to those who trust in Him the promise of His blessings in this world. This is a great promise for your life today.
These have been words from the heart.