In the northern hemisphere we are in the middle of the harvest season, an opportunity to thank God, the Giver of Life and the Giver of Joy for all he provides for us. As we do so, we explore the redemption of creation. Our climate is in “code red” crisis. Can it be saved? And as God’s people, what can we do to help?
Our Weather is Becoming More Unpredictable
It seems clear that our weather is becoming more unpredictable (unless you live in our house, where you will notice it begins to rain just after Gail has taken Harley for a walk!). This makes it more difficult to maintain and grow crops. It also leads to damaging weather events such as more frequent and intense floods, downpours, and winter storms. Ice sheets and glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate. Expanding ocean waters due to rises in temperature have begun to damage coastlines as flooding and erosion increase.
We have much to be thankful to God for, the Giver of Life and the Giver of Joy. But we must also acknowledge that the cause of current climate change across the planet is largely due to human activity, much of which has damaged our environment. This is so far from what God envisages for humanity. He commissioned us to “reign” over creation, but too often we have fallen into abusing it instead.
How Can God’s People Respond to Climate Change?
What can God’s people do in response? This week, in our Battle Drill devotionals, we will visit God’s commission again, and look at ways we might fulfil it, and at the same time, have a positive effect on climate change.
As we celebrate Harvest this year may we each remember:
All good gifts around usMatthias Claudius (1740-1815), trs Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817-1878)
Are sent from Heaven above:
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all his love!
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