Day 8 - Environmental Health

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR PEOPLE’S HEALTH?

Romans 8:18-25: “We know that the whole creation is groaning…we ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside…”

Deuteronomy 8:3: “…people don’t live on bread alone…they live based on whatever the Lord says.”

Have you ever heard someone groan? It’s a painful sound, like fingernails on a chalkboard. What a surprise, then, to hear Paul declare that the earth is groaning in Romans 8. He talks about creation groaning and suffering the pains of childbirth, personifying the earth to help us see the affects of the fall extend beyond our own broken hearts; the whole earth suffers too.

This might be hidden to we who live in one of the most beautiful regions on the planet. But look carefully, and you’ll find deforestation, increased toxicity levels in the Puget Sound with resulting species decline, decreased oxygen levels in the waters of the Hood Canal and more. The health of our air, soil, and waters is intimately tied to the ability of God’s children to live an abundant life in God.

God’s creation is a critical part of God’s revelation to his children. God’s creation does more than sustain us physically; it also reveals God’s character, inviting us to turn towards God in worship and gratitude. This is why caring for God’s creation is critical to preserving God’s revelation and our source of abundant living.

May our hearts be turned to care for the health of the environment so we may preserve the revelation of God to us, his children.

REFLECTION:

  1. In what ways do you see the Lord’s revelation in the environment? What does it say to you?

  2. Is there some form of environmental care the Lord has put on your heart to do?

  3. Is there an environmental issue to which God is calling the Church of your city to engage?

Richard Dahlstrom North Seattle, WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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