Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 15th, 2017
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV)
The Apostle Paul quotes this verse in Romans 12:20. This is a powerful picture for believers of every age. Kindness to the undeserving (our enemy) is not an act of vengeance. Our goal is not to “get even.” Rather, in our kindness we are overcoming evil with good. Our enemy really owes us nothing for our obedience. However, the Lord will repay us.
Canada’s coal production has been consistent over the past decade, but a downturn in global demand is having a negative effect on the industry. A decrease in demand from countries such as China has halted production in some Canadian coal mines. Back in 2014, Canadian mines produced 69 million tonnes of coal. Canada’s coal consumption has decreased by 42 per cent since 2005, when Canada used 60 million tonnes of coal. The decrease is a result of Canada, particularly Ontario, phasing out coal-fired power plants.
We don’t use coal in our everyday lives like our ancestors did. They cooked with it, heated with it and powered transportation with it. The Bible speaks of it in an interesting way. Proverbs 25:21-22 says “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” Most of us don’t have enemies, but there are those who have said things or done things that have hurt us. The natural human inclination is to respond back in like manner, but as usual, the principles of the kingdom turn the principles of the world upside down. Both Solomon, and later Paul in Romans 12, speak of how to treat our enemies. We are to offer them the grace that we have received from God when we were His enemies. We deserved death and hell. We got grace and compassion. These are what we are to offer our enemies. Our enemies will not be expecting this kind of reaction, and it will bring conviction to their souls – “burning coals”.
These have been words from the heart.