Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 5th, 2017
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
Psalm 77:11 (NIV)
I Will Remember
The Bible tells us about the amazing miracles of the Lord in so many lives. And, we also have had our own experience with seeing His power and goodness. Our faith increases and we have fresh joy when we take time to remember what He has done. Can you make a list today of at least five things to “remember?”
Today we wrap up our series on Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Johnathan McCully was not, at first, chosen to represent Nova Scotia at the Confederation Conference. When one of the Nova Scotia representatives had to back out, Charles Tupper chose McCully as a representative. He was not a strong supporter of Confederation until he attended the Charlottetown Conference, where he heard the arguments in favour of union and changed his mind. Although he didn’t play a large role in the Confederation conferences, he strongly supported union through editorials in the Nova Scotia newspapers. For his strong support of Confederation, McCully was appointed to the first Canadian Senate and remained in the Senate until he was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in 1870. He remained a justice until his death in 1877.
Philosopher George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” There have been far too many tragic examples of this, even in our own day. The Bible calls us to a similar principle. In Psalm 77:11 the Psalmist declares “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” This is practical theology. God’s nature is immutable. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We can count on Him acting consistently. Which means that how He has acted in the past, He will act in our day. King David often thought back on all that the Lord had done in the past and as he faced fresh challenges, it was the reminder of God’s faithful actions in the past that assured him he could trust the Lord for his current needs. So can we. The Lord has been faithful in our past, we know that we can trust Him over and over again as life continues. The assurance of God’s faithfulness is found principally in the Bible. It is the record of God’s presence in the life of His people throughout history. We then take the principles found in God’s Word and apply them to our lives. As we do, our experience of God’s faithfulness supports the word of God. What has God been teaching you lately about His faithfulness in the past? How can you trust Him now for today’s needs?
These have been words from the heart.
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