Our Bible verse for today: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Open your eyes to the beauty of God’s creation.”
I am so blessed to live where I do. Eastern Tennessee is one of the most beautiful places in the country. It is lush and green, with lots of lakes and rivers and streams, majestic mountains, rolling fields, thick woods and beautiful vistas. I can easily spend hours hiking through the woods, or sitting on a high rocky outcrop looking out over miles and miles of treetops. A day spent in a kayak on a crystal-clear lake or on a lazy river is hard to beat. And riding a motorcycle along winding country roads on a crisp autumn day when the colors are in full bloom is an experience you won’t soon forget.
I find that God is very real and very present to me in nature. I encounter Him in His Word and in prayer, as well as in worship and in many other ways also, but I’ve found David’s words in Psalm 19:1 to be powerfully true – the heavens (indeed all of creation), declare the glory of God.
Beginning next week, as we continue thinking about creation care, we’re going to address some of the sensitive and controversial environmental issues facing God’s people in the world we live in today. We’ll consider topics like the use of fossil fuels, the advantages and problems of plastics, and whether recycling programs are really helpful or not. We will talk about things like climate change, “The Green New Deal”, and much more.
Many of these topics have been exploited for political purposes and cloaked in exaggeration, bad science, deceit, and hypocrisy. That being the case, this can be a difficult discussion to have without it evoking irrational reasoning, hot emotions, and unbiblical responses.
To help guard against that it’s important for us, the people of God, to keep in mind some important Biblical truths as we approach this difficult subject. We need to remember first of all that this is our Father’s world. It is a beautiful and wonderful creation of His. He loves it, He cares about it, and He has charged us with taking care of it for Him. Remember also that creation care was a Biblical concern long before it was a political cause. The political left may have highjacked the issue for their own purposes, but it belonged to us first. It is Biblical first, political second.
And finally, as we prepare ourselves to think Biblically about the difficult and contentious environmental issues of our day, I encourage you to spend a little time outside in a beautiful setting and just soak-in the majesty and wonder of God’s creation.