Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Lord's Earth

 1The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
 2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. 

The Lord's Earth

The earth is the LORD's. Do we understand the implications of that statement? God created this marvelous world--perfect in its beauty and endless in its amazing variety of plants and animals. Before sin, nature thrived in the perfection of God.

But, that was not the end! Man sinned, and the world would never be the same. We are told that the earth groans, and that the creatures cry out to God, for everything has been corrupted by the entrance of sin into this world. God has given man the responsibility to dress and keep this world. How effective have we been? Perhaps the better question would be, have we really taken our charge before God seriously?

When you think of it, it all comes down to our understanding of who we are, who God is, and what our purpose is on this earth. Man has treated this world as though it will continue on infinitely, and yet we know this is not true. By the grace of God, the Tree of Life was banned from Adam and Eve and their posterity so that man would not eat of it and live on this world forever in his sinful state! How tragic that would have been!

The Bible tells us that the earth will one day be destroyed, and in its place God will create a new heaven and a new earth. Again, the saints of God will walk in this new earth in all of its perfection and harmony. And, that world, which will never be corrupted by sin, will last for all eternity.

Let us, by God's grace, remember our calling before God; our First Love, and understand that the values of the world are man's values and not God's. We are called to live above the ways of the world, in the purity and holiness of God. It is true that we do so imperfectly now, but the day is soon coming when all imperfections will pass away.

What an amazing God we serve; let us praise and thank Him for His untold blessings to us, both now and for all eternity!

God Bless You,
Linda

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