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Day 19 – Issue 11

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Be Still Know

Psalm 147:8 NLT

“He covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth, and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.” 

I love the spring and summer. The garden is so satisfying, as different plants offer their colourful displays. This is the reward for all that hard work of pruning, weeding, watering and nourishing that takes place year round. I have a very small garden, yet it still requires work. I have now established a rhythm for this, and also turned it into a time of prayer and thanksgiving in acknowledgement of God’s rich natural provision that sustains me.


In any realistic appreciation of God, there needs to be an appreciation of the balanced natural order that was also a significant part of his creation. God is in every element of that creation, one that he has entrusted to humanity for tending and maintenance. God’s creation is intended to worship Him and forever burst forth into new life, and exists to sustain all of life. As those entrusted with its care, sustainability is to be our first thought.

God has conceived a unique, integrated creation that works to sustain life. God reaches out again and again in his desire to forge a personal relationship with humanity. Humanity only survives as a result of God’s interdependent creation, which is all crafted around a life-enhancing and life-sustaining objective.

Provision is always about sufficiency, not about profligacy. Whenever humanity in any form takes more than is required, it throws creation into an imbalance. Out of such imbalances, lack can be generated. Some enjoy superabundance while others face poverty. I am drawn back to the perfect model of harmonious relationship, the Trinity, where each person in the Trinity is supremely and completely self-sufficient, yet also totally interdependent.

QUESTION: Take some time to reflect upon your lifestyle and time-style choices, and consider the extent to which they sustain God’s purposes for all of creation.

PRAYER: Creator Lord, it is good for me to realise that the universe does not revolve around me. Help me to live generously and not selfishly. 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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