Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 29th, 2017
No one can stop the wind from blowing. And no one has the power to decide when they will die. No one is let out of the army in times of war. And evil won’t let go of those who practice it.
Ecclesiastes 8:8 (NIRV)
Things We Cannot Do
We think of ourselves as sophisticated and hardly needing God. Yet every person has very obvious limitations. We can’t stop the wind from blowing. We might try to be smarter than God and dictate when we will die. There’s no surgery that can remove sin. We need God. We need a Saviour. He is available to us.
There is a web article that instructs visitors to Canada about some things you cannot do in Canada. One thing on the list is you cannot order Canadian bacon. According to the author of the article “I was born and raised here in Canada; I have no idea what it is. I think it’s supposed to be back bacon? I used to work at a diner, and whenever some American would ask me for it, I’d smile and nod and give them ham.”
We have a saying that there are only two certain things in life – death and taxes. King Solomon had thought about this kind of thing millennia ago and determined there were four certain things. He records them in Ecclesiastes 8:8: “No one can stop the wind from blowing. And no one has the power to decide when they will die. No one is let out of the army in times of war. And evil won’t let go of those who practice it.” Many human beings think of themselves as little gods. They believe they are in control of their lives and the anthem of their lives is “I did it my way.” But King Solomon, one of the most powerful men in his world, and certainly the wisest, understood that this was not the case. Even the most powerful human being cannot stop the wind from blowing, predict the date of his death, or leave the army while a war is raging. And if these three things are true, then the fourth is certainly true: a man or woman who practices evil can do nothing in his own power to quit. Only Jesus can set him free.
These have been words from the heart.