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Daily Devotionals

Day 22 – Issue 11

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Be Still Know

Romans 8:19 NLT

“For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.”

We live in an age of much anxiety over the future of our planet, in light of humanity’s abuse of its resources. Lifestyle demands have led to unacceptably high carbon emissions, climate change, rising sea levels and food chain pollution. Creation is important since it is itself a reflection of God’s creativity. Although the creation narrative places humanity as the pinnacle of God’s creative act, that same humanity is from day one dependent upon the health and balance throughout all nature. Every fibre of creation carries something of the Triune God simply because without God’s word spoken it would not be!

Since it was God who spoke creation into life, so it is God who best guides us in how to live within and sustain his creation in good order for the welfare of all humanity. Jayne has recently faced some health issues, and I have been researching the impact of diet in potentially alleviating her symptoms.

God’s wisdom endures, however much we fail, or refuse, to take notice. Since making changes, we have both lost inches around the waist, and although during transition from what we had been eating to a new diet we felt distinctly under the weather, we are now full of energy. God created an interdependent creation, of which humanity is one essential part. As all of creation yearns for the restoration of God’s original intention, a yearning that will one day be realised with Christ’s return, we can express our commitment to both God and his creation through living as both God and nature intends and be a part of the redemption of our world.

It is a wonderful meditation next time you take a walk to consider God within all of the creation that surrounds you, or to gaze from your window and imagine trees and plants simply swaying in the breeze, yearning for a release from their futility. I’m grateful and challenged at the thought that God entrusts creation into my hands, and yours too, in working for his return and creation’s release from its ‘bondage to decay’ (AMP), as Paul describes it.

QUESTION: Consider how you live alongside creation and any changes you may need to make.

PRAYER: Creator God, help me honour you and all that you have made by the way I live my life. 

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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