wednesday, may 15
sharing god’s hope: creation
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. [Romans 8:22-23]
All creation groans. Can you hear it? Extreme weather events destroying homes and taking lives. Children dying from drinking polluted water. Air quality reported like the weather. Entire islands of garbage floating on our oceans. Shrinking forests and glaciers. Animal extinctions occurring at an alarming rate. Creation is groaning! But it isn’t groaning to be put out of its misery – it’s groaning to be restored to what it once was!
This physical world isn’t intended as a punishment for us, something that we grit our teeth and survive until God takes us to Heaven; it is a part of God’s original plan, and when God made it, God called it good. God created a masterpiece and then entrusted it to our care.
Unfortunately, just as Adam and Eve’s disobedience damaged our relationship with God and our relationship with each other, so also our relationship with God’s creation was damaged. Creation itself was “subjected to frustration,” and Adam’s God-given task to work it and care for it was changed from a blessing to a curse. Throughout history, humans have taken God’s incredible work of art and abused, neglected, and exploited it.
When Christians take seriously God’s call to stewardship, when we reclaim the blessing of creation care, we demonstrate not only a hope but an eager expectation for complete restoration for our world and for ourselves.
PRAYER: You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power […] The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. [Psalm 65:5-6,8]