The title of this devotion is taken from Psalm 145:13. It has been something I go back to when the world seems unreasonably preoccupied with the future or predicted cataclysmic events.
It's easy to be drawn into the chaos of climate change, unusual solar activity damaging the magnetosphere and the possibility of the earth's poles shifting.
Genesis chapter 8 records the events immediately after the great flood. Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifices to the Lord. God responds by promising never to curse the ground again because of humans (Gen.8:20-21).
But God goes on to say, in verse 22, "As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."
We can all agree that proper stewardship of the earth is required. Minimizing pollution and regulating the use of toxic chemicals will help maintain and improve the quality of the air, soil and water that all life relies on.
But remember, fear is an enemy. Fear can cause good people to make poor decisions. When you hear of the need to reduce the human population, or stop raising livestock or other food sources in order to protect the earth's climate, I encourage you to place your trust in the God of creation.
The same God who created the earth and everything in it, can sustain it. He will sustain us, too.
Think of His promise. When it is winter here, it is summer elsewhere on the planet. When we are sowing seed, someone else is bringing in a harvest. When the sun rises on us, the sun is setting on others. God's promise is proven every day!
Live from a position of faith. The Lord always keeps His promises.
John Arras is the Park Rapids campus pastor at Lakes Area Vineyard Church.