Facing Our Environmental Challenges

I believe in being a good steward of the resources God has given us. I also believe that God set up our world originally as a self-sustaining world. When sin entered the world, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden, and the earth was cursed.

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Genesis 3:17

When God said, “The ground is cursed for thy sake,” a change of state was indicated. The world changed. The environment was no longer as friendly.

We, as a nation, tend to think we can control everything. Now, we have a gushing oil well, loss of animal life, and reports of illness due to the smell of the oil. Yet, we continue to try to solve our own problems. Let us not be too proud to turn back to God.

The economic and environmental impact of that oil well could be huge. The loss of food harvested from that region, the job loss, the drop in tourism, etc. may have an impact on the area for years to come. Nationally, we could all feel the impact indirectly if not directly before it is over. Again, let us not be too proud to turn back to God.

I do not know who is to blame for what has happened. Was it an accident, carelessness, or lack of a backup plan? Maybe it is just harder to stop than it should have been because they were forced to drill out in such deep water. It does not matter. We have had legislation and regulation. In the end, we have given up much of our freedom in the name of getting folks to do the right thing. In some cases, the regulations have led to folks doing the wrong thing.

The solution to getting folks to do the right thing does not come by way of more laws. It comes by way of a Savior.

Our issues seem be huge to us, but they are a small thing to God.

Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
Isaiah 40:15

Let us lift up our eyes in praise and worship to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Let us focus on sending workers into the fields of harvest.


LIFE APPLICATION

Key Focal Verse:

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Today’s challenge is to pray for protection from illness for the folks in the area of the oil spill and for the clean up crew. Continue to pray for revival for our nation.

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Matthew 9:38

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