Words from the Heart for Thursday September 7th, 2017
But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
Proverbs 4:18 (NKJV)
Like the Shining Sun
Some people are afraid to expect good things from the Lord. Our enemy wants us to feel that others always get the best deal. And, we can be deceived to think that even our age disqualifies us from a future that is fulfilling and blessed. The Lord’s plans for our life can fill us instead with expectation. Empowered by His grace we can purposefully keep growing and going forward in Him.
It is likely that you have never heard of the sunniest place in Canada. It is the tiny little hamlet of Manyberries, Alberta. This remote little community, 85 kilometres southeast of Medicine Hat, is at the end of Alberta’s historic Red Coat Trail, and the railway line branch line that came in from Saskatchewan that was torn up back in the 1990s. Manyberries receives 2,567 hours of sunshine each year, and it sees sunshine 332 days a year – almost every day.
We hear stories every day about those who have been mistreating others. Ease of transportation makes human trafficking so much greater a problem than it was just a few years ago. We shake our heads at the suffering that those being trafficked are facing every evening. There is a dark day coming for those who abuse the disengaged and disenfranchised. But for those who live a life of justice there are some great promises. King Solomon writes in Proverbs 4:18: “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” We are called to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light, and as we do, we are assured that we will live above the temptation that the world so easily offers. The reason, Solomon says, is that the godly cast light as they live by kingdom of God principles. And, in fact, the light will grow brighter every day. God’s people, who are to mirror His nature, must live a life of justice and peace so that others will see Him in us. How can you treat the people you meet today justly?
These have been words from the heart.