Daily Devotion

Good Morning, unexcused

Song of the Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CBNE25rtnE

Memory Verse of the Week: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

Yesterday, we looked up to the skies, today I want to pick up where we left off with Psalm 8:1(or 9) Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Today, let’s take a look a little lower than the skies and see God’s glory all around us. We are fortunate to live in a really beautiful part of the country. We are surrounded by water and forests and mountains. Everywhere we go, we have beautiful views just around the next bend of the road.

When I was still searching for God, I used to go backpacking in the Olympics a lot. When you are hiking, you get to think a lot while you are walking, and the views were always amazing. The snow fields, the wildflowers, the rock formations, the wild animals, every where you looked there was something beautiful beyond words. I would look at pine cones,(actually, they were probably fir cones, but I didn’t know the different kinds of trees.) and I would think, that with a little dirt and some water and some sunshine, that little cone would turn into another huge tree just like the one it came from. That still amazes me, but at that time, it convinced me that there really was a God. If you want a category, I fall into the ‘intelligent design’ group for my belief in God. For me, even something as simple as a pine cone, was far too complex to have happened by chance.

In Genesis, we are told that ‘God created the heavens and the earth.’ One thing that always impresses me is the great variety of everything that God creates. Take something as simple as the dirt under our feet. In different parts of the world, that dirt comes in different colors because the dirt each place is a little different. It may be red, or yellow, or black. It may be thick clay, or nice rich soil for growing things, or full of rocks like the dirt around here. Even living on a planet where the surface is in pieces that move around is hard to conceive. The pieces crash into each other and we have mountain ranges formed, they move apart and we end up with oceans.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

Everywhere we look, there is something that God created that we can thank Him for because He has made it. Even if you live in a big city and are surrounded by concrete and asphalt, there is always some grass or weeds breaking through the concrete. God will not be stopped. He will make Himself known. He is the God who never gives up pursuing us. I want to encourage you to look around sometime today and thank God for letting you see something He has created.