God Gold of the day
A special “Earth Day” message from one of my best buddies Taylor Snipes! He’s one of the most faithful and genuine dudes I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing! And since it’s earth day, how fitting and awesome is it that he is a farmer?!?! Hearing some nature filled truth from a man who lives in the midst of it! Get ready, you are about to be seriously blessed with these words from Taylor today!!!
“The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD; for he laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers”
What’s going on God Gold readers? I am thankful that Jordan has given me this opportunity to encourage you today with the witness of both God’s works and his Word. Today is earth day, a day in which the world collectively recognizes, celebrates, and advocates for environmental change. As an assistant farm manager, I spend most of my time during the day outside working the land in preparation for vegetable crops. Over the past year I have made countless observations of God’s creative hand and the lessons he can teach through the natural world. Truly, what He has made testifies to His eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20). From the very beginning, we were given the responsibility to fill the earth, rule over the living things, and work the garden. (Genesis 1-2). Without question however, man’s sin has had devastating effects in every aspect of our lives, including the physical earth. Unfortunately today we see man’s exploitation of earth at the expense of both people and the environment. It is also troubling to know that many will never give God the credit for the many things they have so benefited from. Many scientists spend their entire careers gaining recognition through the natural world, all the while denying God’s existence.
An absolute integral part of loving God with all our being is to care for all things He has created, for He is the owner of it all! A genuine care for the environment can powerfully demonstrate the love of Christ to our fellow neighbors who also share concerns about the earth. Our goal should be to model the same compassion for the world that Jesus did. “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16. My challenge to you is observe your thoughts and attitudes towards God’s creation. Is it one of genuine concern for neighbor, other living creatures, and the land?
One of the cool ways The Lord can show us a small glimpse of the promise of resurrection is through the simple example of the change of seasons. The transition from winter to spring time can be viewed in light of Christ’s resurrection. What’s been dead during the cold winter is brought back to life as spring is ushered in. Spring means flowering plants creating a sanctuary for flying insects, cold blooded creatures warming in the sun, and sparrows collecting food without worry. As Christians, our sins once left us dead in the cold of winter darkness. But because of Jesus suffering death for us and being raised to life from the dead, we too are born again to a new life by God’s grace.
Practical Application– During a season of quarantine, I encourage you to take a short walk outside and observe the wonderful works the Lord has made. Let Him know of your awe and wonder. Consider getting outside this week in your time of worship. Take a few minutes to consider how you could pursue greater faithfulness to God in care for His creation. In my evening walks this week I am committing myself to picking up trash left on the roadways!