Words from the Heart for Thursday January 25th, 2018
God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
Genesis 1:22 (NIV)
Birds and Fish
This is the first time that this statement of blessing comes from the Lord in the record of scripture. We are thus introduced to the One who has plans for our fruitfulness and increase. Our God is not against us. He is for us! And, the example of nature reminds us that fruitfulness is His plan.
Billions of birds nest and raise their young in Canada and the majority are migratory. On average, Canadian breeding bird populations declined by 12% between 1970 and 2010, but trends vary among species, depending, in part, on where they winter. In 2010, bird species spending the entire year in Canada increased in population on average by 68% since 1970. Bird species migrating farther from home generally declined, and birds migrating the farthest – to South America – showed the most severe declines.
The blessing of God is upon His creation. We so often pray that the Lord would bless our lives, and we seek after His blessings on a regular basis – for ourselves and for those we love. This is a good thing – those who love the Lord Jesus want His very best for our lives. The Bible teaches that God blesses His creation, and has done so right from the beginning of time. Genesis 1:22 says “God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”” God blessed the creatures that live in the sea, and the birds that fill the skies. If He would bless this part of His creation, we can count on God blessing the highest of His creation – human beings. He blessed us with the ability to be fruitful and to fill the earth – and we are blessed with the abundance of His creation. God is always glorified in the blessings He pours out on His creation. As you seek God’s blessing in your life, ask how He will be glorified as He blesses your life.
These have been words from the heart.