Words from the Heart for Thursday September 10th, 2020
Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
Genesis 2:7 (NLT)
From The Dust
The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion caused the phenomenon. With insufficient understanding of the ecology of the plains, farmers had conducted extensive deep plowing of the virgin topsoil of the Great Plains during the previous decade. This had displaced the native, deep-rooted grasses that normally trapped soil and moisture.
I heard the story of a little boy who had been taught in Sunday School that we come from dust and return to dust. He was looking under the bed, and came running to his mother, saying “I just looked under the bed and someone is either coming or going.” That’s a cute story, but what he was taught in Sunday School is true. Genesis 2:7 says “Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” Fortunately, the verse doesn’t end with the creation of man from the dust. It goes on to teach that God breathed the breath of life into man. Only then did Adam become a living creature. At no other time in God’s creation story do we read this. He doesn’t breathe His life into any other of His creatures. This makes mankind unique among all God spoke into being. Sin may have marred His image in us, but we still bear His image. And when we repent of our sin and invite Jesus Christ into our lives, His life fills us once again.
These have been words from the heart.