The deepest hopes of the human heart
The editor is all over the map, or rather, the universe, in today’s editorial.
• Perspective is an amazing thing. Sixty or seventy years from now people may very well be thinking about 9/11 much as we do about Dec. 7, 1941. Only for the old people will the event still provoke the deep emotions that we felt ten years ago and that we feel today, albeit in diminished degree.
• Your editor is starting a 90-day program to read the entire Old Testament beginning Sept. 15. A few brave souls have joined him already. Might you be interested?
• The objective to Bible reading is to hear and obey, to know and proclaim, to find strength for the day and a deeper transformation of the spirit.
• My New Testament reading this morning was Romans 7. Some say Paul was channeling Adam, beginning at verse 7; others, that it represents “the Gentile striving to attain self-mastery by means of observance of the Mosaic law.”/1 The chapter stands as a testament to the failure of good intentions, to why New Year’s resolutions get forgotten, to how human promises fall flat. More, it’s a witness to how only God can make plans and dreams come true, as he turns the deepest hopes of the human heart into divine reality of a possessive peace and heavenly love.
• Brazilians call it rhythm, Americans, pace. The Missus’s tachycardia week before last brought home to us that, normally, the heart beats at just the right speed. When it accelerates, the whole body gets out of whack. Many of us need to learn the same truth when it comes to our lives. Faster is not always better. Have you found God’s good pace for living?
• I was gratified to help a young Christian sister who’s going to London find congregations there for her to meet with. Her so-called Christian friends recommended some evangelical group (such is the sorry state of many congregations here), but she wasn’t content with that. She wanted to go where the truth was taught and practiced. She still has some weeks yet to travel, but she was searching ahead of time. From my experience, so few do that. Her desire to have this set up ahead of time encourages me.
• I remember some years ago a Christian father who said his daughter was in Paris and needed an address for a church. They had made every possible arrangement for her except for her spiritual needs. What was most important had been left in last place. It was a sad sign of how they failed to value the Lordship of Christ.
• Genesis 1 is such a powerful place to start in teaching the gospel. No less so for the demonstration of power of his word. “Let there be light.” God speaks and it happens. What did not exist before comes into being. That spoken word is the same in nature as the written word. Paul picks up the theme of God’s light creation in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ” (NET). And he brought this light and this transformation through the Word. Through a word of his, like that of Genesis 1. Through a power that man can barely dream of. Certainly none we can see in Romans 7, in what man desires to do, but can’t. For this is a word and work of the Creator.