The Love Dare

There are needs in your life only God can fully satisfy. Stop expecting somebody or something to keep you functioning and fulfilled on a non-stop basis. Only God can do that as you learn to depend on Him. But He wants to do it His way. “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Evening Prayer

REWARDS OF DILIGENCE 
Ezra 7:23; Proverbs 12:24; 21:5; Luke 16:10

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Tonight 

I pray that you will be diligent in all that you do. I pray that by your conscientious labor, God will promote you to greater things. May your thoroughness lead to profit and protect you from haste that leads to poverty. I pray that you will show diligence, even in the small things, for those who can be trusted with little are eventually entrusted with much. Whatever our God has assigned you to do, may you do it diligently, that God may prosper you and be glorified through you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Eternal Perspectives

All the truly great and good, all the pure and holy and excellent from this world, and it may be from every part of the universe, are constantly tending toward heaven. As the streams tend to the ocean, so all these are tending to the great ocean of infinite purity and bliss. The progress of time does but bear them on to its blessedness; and us, if we are holy, to be united to them there. Every gem which death rudely tears away from us here is a glorious jewel forever shining there.

~ Jonathan Edwards, [Heaven: A World of Love]

Devotional

Creation Care

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
~ Genesis 1:28

Marine litter is a huge ecological problem. Many countries’ coastlines are littered with plastic and debris, and there is an “island” of plastic more than the twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean where currents have accumulated the debris. Fish become entangled in discarded fishing nets and lines, with bellies full of plastic debris they have swallowed.

Such images are in stark contrast to the pristine beauty and glory of Eden as presented in Genesis. Though mankind was given the mandate to “have dominion over” (that is, to care for) all of creation, we have not done a good job. When God’s mandates go unfulfilled on earth, God’s glory is diminished. And that mandate extends to our personal life as well. Paul writes that we belong to God and we are to glorify Him with our care and use of our body.

When you see opportunities to care for creation—nature or your own body—do so as a way of glorifying the Creator.

The creation is both a monument of God’s power, and a looking-glass in which we may see his wisdom.

~ Thomas Watson