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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 26, 2015
God has ultimate rule over the earth, and he exercises his authority with loving care. When God delegated some of his authority to the human race, he expected us to take responsibility for the environment and the other creatures that share our planet. We must not be careless and wasteful as we fulfill this charge. God was careful how he made this earth. We must not be careless about how we take care of it.
God saw that all he had created was excellent in every way. You are part of God’s creation, and he is pleased with how he made you. If at times you feel worthless or of little value, remember that God made you for a good reason. You are valuable to him. (NLT)
Genesis 1:29–31 – And God said, “Look! I have given you the seed-bearing plants throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given all the grasses and other green plants to the animals and birds for their food.” And so it was. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way. This all happened on the sixth day.
Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. — 1 Timothy 4:4 (NIV)
Stephen J. Bendit (Colorado) titled his story “RESPECT FOR NATURE;” here is Stephen’s story:
“Our bodies need air or we will suffocate; water, or we will dehydrate; and food, or we will starve. Many of us take air, water, and food for granted; yet each year we waste and misuse more of the essential natural elements God made for our survival. The materialistic lifestyle in some ares of the world puts a high demand on the earth and damages soil, water, air, food — precisely what God provides to sustain us.
“Scripture says that everything God created was good and was made for our benefit. . . If we are truly thankful for the gifts God has provided, we will do our part to take care of them. Working hard to care for our rivers and streams to ensure clean drinking water, keeping our air fresh and sweet for breathing, and making sure our food is healthy and pure are acts of thanksgiving to our Creator.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What can I do daily to help protect God’s creation?
Prayer: Creator God, help us protect and preserve nature because through nature you sustain us. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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