Caring for creation…

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Scripture: Psalm 8:3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;  4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? 5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet…

Observation: The psalmist marvels at the power and majesty of God’s creation (vast oceans, mighty mountains, shining stars and planets) and the relative smallness, weakness, insignificance of human beings by comparison. Yet God made us to be caretakers of all things, acting on behalf of the Creator.

Application: There were some powerful storms recently in California, so much so that one of the massive, majestic sequoia trees through which a tunnel had been built in the late 19th century fell down. The tree was believed to have been over 1,000 years old. Sequoias in general can live to 3,000 years old. By comparison, humans live to be 100 years old if we’re exceptional.

Yet the bible tells us we are also created in the image of God. And so we hold a special place on earth as stewards. Nothing in life really belongs to us, we just take care of things belonging to God for the short time we walk the earth. A question to ponder this morning: “What are the important things God has given you to care for in his behalf?”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we don’t always do a great job managing the things you’ve placed in our charge. Give us grace that we might care well for all creation. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

One thought on “Caring for creation…

  1. “Nothing in life really belongs to us, we just take care of things …” – including the image we bear! BUT we do enjoy the blessings/benefits of that image (if in fact we bear it) which includes glory, power, dominion, but conversely we suffer the curses of creation when we don’t. We become this strange intrusion on the creation that the creation does not recognize or want… kinda like a nagging itch that it constantly tries to scratch and make go away or ignore and hope goes away. A stark choice! But the creation knows its creator and waits hopefully for the image to return (Romans 8:19).

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