Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 6th, 2016

He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

Luke 1:52 (NIV)

Lifting Up the Humble

Of all people who could have been chosen for the divine mission of bringing the Messiah into the world, Mary was chosen for this task. In the same way, God works His purposes through His humble servants. Humble yourself before the Lord today. Ask Him to make you a servant of His peace.

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Devotion

Canada’s Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau lifted 228 kgs to finish eighth in her 69 kg weight class at the Rio Olympics this past August. Not only is she one of Canada’s leading weightlifters, she knows something about the drugs that plague her sport. As a medical doctor she understands the dangers that anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs pose to athletes. In an interview before the Olympics she said that drugs have such a profound impact on the athletes that “some we’re not sure are even women anymore.” Drugs are a huge problem in the sport. The entire Russian weightlifting team was banned from these Games for having too many doping results. Bulgarian weightlifters were also banned from the Olympics, again. And by halfway through the games at least three weightlifters from Poland, Cyprus and Taiwan had failed drug tests.

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We look at our world and often wonder how much longer God is going to put up with the injustice and ungodliness that seems so prevalent. In the midst of it all we can forget that God is still in control of things. He knows what’s best for us as individuals and He has ultimate authority in national and international affairs. Luke 1:52 tells us “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.” God’s will cannot be thwarted. Sometimes His permissive will gives to sinful people what they ask for. He did that way back in history when the people of Israel clamored for a king so they could be like the nations around them. In the long run it brought about the same painful issues that all the other nations were faced with. They could have avoided them had they just let God rule over them. And sometimes God sets in motion His direct will because He loves us and wants to protect us from the pain that our own willfulness would have brought about. But we must never doubt that God is in control of the affairs of nations and individuals. These words were spoken by Mary in her song of praise to God for choosing her to be the mother of the Messiah. She understood perhaps more than anyone that God is in control. May we rest in that assurance today.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley