Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 31st, 2016

God said, “Let there be lights in … the sky to separate the day from the night, … to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. … to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and …morning—the fourth day.

Genesis 1:14-19 (NIV)

The Fourth Day

“In your light do we see light” (Ps. 36:9). Without light, we would be blind to the glory of God on display. Ask God to give you a knowledge of Himself today.

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Devotion

Canada’s fourth largest city, after Toronto, Montreal and Calgary is our nation’s capital. Ottawa. The city itself has a population of some 950,000 and if you include Gatineau across the river, the population increases to 1.2 million. Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as “Ottawa” in 1855, the city has evolved into a political and technological centre of Canada, the most educated city in Canada. Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous minor annexations and were ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and major amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area. The city name “Ottawa” was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River nearby, which is a word derived from the Algonquin word Odawa, meaning “to trade”, an appropriate name for our nation’s capital city and region.

The theme of darkness and light is one of the most common in Scripture and it is set early in the book of Genesis. On the fourth day of creation, God creates the sun, the moon and the stars, to light up the day and the night. The sun is the guarantor of life on the planet earth and secures the consistency of day and night. The distant suns we see as stars, and the moon reflects the light of the sun in the darkness of the night. Genesis 1:14-19 describes it this way: “God said, “Let there be lights in … the sky to separate the day from the night, … to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. … to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and …morning—the fourth day.” This is a beautiful picture of what God provides spiritually. He is the sun that brings light to a dark world. Without His presence there would be no life. And we, like the moon, are called to reflect His light. Jesus would tell His followers that He is the light of the world and later that they are. We can only be as we reflect the light and love of Jesus into our world.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley