Genesis 1:29-31 (NIV)

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.1 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has the breath of life2 in it–I give every green plant for food.3” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made,4 and it was very good.5 And there was evening, and there was morning6–the sixth day.

 1 Timothy (NIV)

4 For everything God created is good,1 and nothing is to be rejected2 if it is received with thanksgiving,                            

DEVOTION – Stephen J. Bendit (Colorado)

Our bodies need air or we ill suffocate; water, or we will dehydrate; and food, or we will starve.  Many of us take air, water, and food for granted; yet each year we waste and misuse more of the essential natural elements made for our survival.    The materialistic lifestyle in some areas of the world plus a high demand on the earth and damages soil, water, air food – precisely what God provides to sustain us.

Scripture says that everything God created was good and was made for our benefit.  The first chapter of Genesis describes the global life-support system that God created for us.  If we are truly thankful for the gifts God has provided, we will do our part to take care of them.  Working hard to care for our rivers ad streams to ensure clean drinking water, keeping our air fresh and sweet for breathing, and making sure our food is healthy and pure are acts of thanksgiving to our Creator.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What can I do daily to help protect God’s creation?

PRAYER: Creator God, help us protect and preserve nature because through nature you sustain us.  Amen.