The sky from this morning, afternoon, and evening. Simply stunning. He is absolutely amazing.
If ever there was a chapter for how the earth and everything in it belongs to God and is under his care, this is it.
Far too often we hear sermons on how God has given us dominion over everything, to use (and to misuse) as we please.
But the earth was not created for us, nor do we own it. The earth was created to give God praise and glory, and when we abuse it, we are doing an injustice to God. We as stewards are supposed to help enable creation to sing God’s praises, not stifle and silence its voice.
This psalm tells how tenderly the Lord waters the earth and feeds everything from the beasts of the field to the creatures of the deep. The leviathon was created to “play” in the ocean and enjoy its depths! He cares deeply for creation, and so should we.
May God rejoice in his creation, and may we care for it in such a way that he still has something left to rejoice in.
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. This will be your opportunity to bear witness…By your endurance you will gain your lives…
And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations and perplexity because of the roaring at the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and the foreboding of what is coming on the world…Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your head because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:25-28
Jesus talking about the end times.
Listen to her story. (heard at the Hawaii Conservation Conference)
Urgency. Tell them. Tell people about the fact that their islands, their homes, their country, are disappearing under the rising ocean. We need to walk in justice and be the voice for those who are overlooked. If the United States was being swallowed by water, the whole earth would sure as hell hear about it. But a tiny set of islands in the middle of the Pacific? No one cares, nor hears.
And tell the people too, who don’t know Jesus about who He is and what He has done. Tell them. The time to start is now.
I fully believe the birth pangs have begun.