A foggy morning in a rural place on a Sunday morning is almost a mystical experience. It is quiet and serene and it gives you the opportunity to just commune with God in a natural setting. It is a place where you can witness in total silence the majesty of his way and understand why He has given us free will to plot out our own life. After all, he could have made all of us believers and followers, but He knew the joy would be so much greater if He left us to reach our own conclusions.
On this particular morning, I am thinking of His wishes for us as it pertains to dominion over the earth for which he has given us full authority. As I watch our country lose it's way morally in so many things, I also think of how we so often abuse our temporary home, the earth and all of the other inhabits on it that we have been given authority over. This authority is not something that we should take lightly, for God created us in His own image and as such He expects us to act in ways that are pleasing to Him. And as the opening scripture said, God gave man (Adam) the garden to work and to keep, not to waste and destroy. And this applies to our treatment of all living things that we are blessed to have; all things are to be treated humanely and with respect, ever our living food supply.
Yet we continually abuse these gifts by wasting land, unnecessarily destroying precious animals and sprawling all over the planet while leaving in our wake developed areas that could be renovotated and used again instead of being allowed to become eyesores and slums. We will all ultimately be held accountable for the way we treat God's earth.
Now this isn't meant to be interpreted as saying we can't hunt and we can't use fossil fuels, for both were provided for us to use wisely. But hunting just to kill or drilling for oil strictly to maximize profit without anticipating potential mistakes and shortfalls is not what he expects. When we put money or self-aggrandizement above all else, then we have a major problem that is not a result of living for Him.
This morning's blogtalkradio show, North Florida Writer Live, visits with these issues and gives further examples from the Bible of how we should live to honor Him. I hope you will listen and take the message to heart. It can be found at the following web address:
I hope you find it of value and I hope your Lord's Day is a wonderful one. God bless you all.