Words from the Heart for Saturday June 4th, 2016
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth… They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Genesis 1:29-31 (NIV)
Plants and Animals
Our world is ordered by God to be fruitful for our good and enjoyment. Each time you stop and eat, take a moment to thank God for His abundant provision.
On February 1, 2016 the government of British Columbia officially recognized the Great Bear Rainforest. That day, Premier Christy Clark announced an agreement had been reached between the province of British Columbia, First Nations, environmentalists and the forestry industry to protect 85% of the 6.4-million-hectare Great Bear Rainforest from industrial logging. The remaining 15% would still be subject to logging under stringent conditions. The agreement also recognizes aboriginal rights to shared decision-making, and provides a greater economic share of timber rights and $15-million in funding to 26 First Nations in the area. The Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act was introduced by the government on March 1, 2016. The 32,000 square kilometer region along BC’s north and central coast is a part of the Pacific temperate rain forest ecoregion, the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world.
God cares for every need that we have. When He created men and women He made sure that He provided all they would need to sustain life. He makes this promise to them on day six, and says in Genesis 1:29-31: “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth… They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” When the people of Israel wandered through the wilderness for 40 years He provided manna and quail. He would tell the people that His name is Yahweh Yireh, the Lord the Provider. It doesn’t surprise us that God provides for us – it is in His nature to do so. And because we bear the image of God, we are called to provide for others who do not have enough. Time after time in the Bible, the Lord calls His people to provide for those who don’t have enough. We are so blessed in this country with usually more than we need, but even in our own country, there are those who lack the basics of life. Let’s be the hands of feet of Jesus be providing for their needs.
These have been words from the heart.