“David found favor with God and asked for the privilege of building a permanent Temple for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who actually built it. However, the Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. As the prophet says, ‘Heaven is my throne,and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that?’ asks the LORD. ‘Could you build me such a resting place? Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?’ – Acts 7:46-50
I awaken every morning, make a coffee, say a prayer and turn on the weather network. I like to keep up with the news, and prepare myself for the day ahead.
A commercial popped up on the weather network about nature. A dialogue between nature and humans. It basically speaks about how nature doesn’t need us, we need nature.
In my mind it was almost like dialogue between God and humans. God created all things, provides for us, and is all powerful. He doesn’t need us to create or provide for Him, or help Him. Just as nature will evolve whether we choose to respect it or not. God didn’t ask us to save the earth, but He did ask us to care for what He’s given us. It’s far from the Eden He purposed for us in the beginning, but we have eternity to look forward to.
The earth and all that is in it, will eventually dissipate, regardless of our efforts. We see it every day, as the end time nears. But the word of the Lord will last forever. Sometimes when we get ourselves into messes we try to move God’s hand, instead of having faith and using wisdom. Trusting God to move the mountains when they need moved.
When a storm hits it would naturally be wise to run for shelter. God gives us wisdom in our dealings on earth, and we certainly should use it. If I see a tornado on the weather network, I’m going to plan accordingly.
We can’t plan for storms but we can change how we view them, and how we react to them. Many insurance policies state, “Acts of God.” While we have no real insurance on this earth, we have security in knowing that God is a loving father, who takes care of His children, and Jesus went on to prepare a better place for us. No matter what storms we have to face on this earth, we NEED God.
No matter how many times we find ourselves in messy situations, there’s nothing too big for God to clean up. Like a car that consistently needs washing, so do the children of God. 1 John 1:1 states that Jesus blood cleanses us from all sin. It’s not just a one time event. Jesus died on the cross one time for all sins, past, present and future. As we walk through this world we are bound to fall on tough times, but just keep your eyes on the one that Loves you.
When God gives us the privilege of doing a work for Him on this earth, it is because He loves us and wants to show us His glory at work through us. In essence we are taking part in true, “Acts of God.” To take care of what He entrusted to us. We are the pencil in God’s hand, the vehicle through which he wishes to operate. When we take care of our environment we do so out of respect for what God created, not because we are somehow a God over it, or that we need to save it. Nature really doesn’t need us, we need it – to eat, to grow, a place to live. God didn’t need us when He created us, He created us purely out of love. But we do need God to be successful in this life.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” – Matthew 24:35