“God’s Good World”
God created the world and all that is in it. All God created was good. God is still creating, and all God creates is good. Man just cannot keep from marring the good world. Man seems bent to sinning and hurting the world and all that’s in it. Fortunately, God is merciful, loving, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. His mercies are new every morning; great is His faithfulness. God sent us Jesus, and He is the reason we are not consumed by the Holy Righteous God. By faith, we can be forgiven. By faith in Jesus, we can become new creations in Christ. The old has gone; the new has come! Look! God is making something new! Do you not perceive it?
We begin 2021 with readings of God’s good world. This should bring us to our knees in praise and thanksgiving for the abundance of good we were given. Look around and give thanks and praise. Then as the month proceeds, our verses shift from the focus on our good God to humanity, which was created in the image of God, but has a bent to sinning. “The world” took on a negative connotation. We read caution from Jesus not to love the world and the things in it. We read to love the Lord first, to give God the firstfruits of all He has given us. We must have no other gods before the only true God. Put God first, Jesus will say, and all these things will be added for you.
It comes down to priorities. God’s world is still good, and we are to be good stewards of it. We are to care for our world, to appreciate and keep good our environment. As we do things to show God we are grateful for the world He created, we are to focus on Him, to love Him with all we are. And we are to love the people God has created, the easy-to-love AND the most-difficult to love. God says we are to love our enemies, those who would do us and the world harm. We are but travelers in this world. This world is NOT our home. It’s temporary. God says what is seen is temporary, and what is unseen is permanent. We are headed toward our promised land, our eternal home with our Creator. On the way, following THE WAY, we are to bless those who journey with us, and we are to care tenderly for God’s good world. Happy New Year, Central. May the blessings of our good God be yours in 2021.
Bobbie Denny, spiritual lay leader
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