Personally, I get tired of listening to people talk about global warming. It’s just another indication they just don’t have Faith in a God whose world this is and that He has a Plan for it beyond all our fears.
The earth is groaning, not because of greenhouse gases but because of our sinful lives and our ignoring God. That was the conclusion of what God said to the Prophet Isaiah:
Isaiah 24 3The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The LORD has spoken this word. 4The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the heavens languish with the earth. 5The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. 6Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore, earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.
Notice the conclusion in Verse 6; People will bear their guilt of disobeying God, ignoring His Statutes on how to live, and breaking the Covenants of Believing in Him. The bottom line is the land is polluted not by contaminants of modern living, but by the lives of people in how they are living without God.
Other Signs could be brought into this discussion as well, such as the coronavirus that is creating such fear around the world. This illness is feared more than anything else on earth at this present time. It has every Government on earth preparing to have a pandemic of this flu virus, but it is all predicated upon fear. Here’s the bottom line on the coronavirus … If you do not have Faith in God, you will be a victim of fear. I want to say that again because it is seminal to understanding our culture and Our Day.
If you do not have Faith in God, you will be a victim of fear.
Today, if you do not Believe in the God of the Bible, you will be a victim of the fear-driven propaganda of Politics, weather related phenomenon, wars and rumors of wars, and the deadly disease outbreaks around the world. Fear has become a normal component in the way we live today, and I’m not sure that is healthy or productive. There are 365 times the Bible talks about ‘fear not,’ and that is because of God’s Assurance of knowing us.
Isaiah 43:1 Don't fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.
This was originally written to Israel but is applicable to us as Followers of Jesus. Know God is the antidote to fear. Do not be mistaken … without knowing God has your back, fear will be what you will serve. Bob Dylan wrote a song years ago that says, ‘you’re gonna serve someone.’ So, you will Serve God in Faith, or you will serve fear in doubt and despair.
Romans 8 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
The whole of Creation, which includes the earth along with mankind, is groaning for its Creator to Return to Rule all His Creation again. I never thought about the relationship we have with the earth around us. Environmentalists have a connection to preserving our environment but fail to realize that we affect the land by the way we live out our sinful lives. You may have a hard time to convince them of this fact, but it is what God says.
Personally, I am convinced there is a correlation between man’s Moral and Spiritual life and the health of our planet. I realize that we can pollute the land with contaminates that are harmful to the earth and for all humans, yet we are harmful to each other and the earth in how we live our lives. The Bible tells us that all Creation groans for God and the restoration of the control of this earth back under His Sovereignty and Control.
These Signs of global warming, rampant viruses, famines, and earthquakes are all Signs that God is using to get our attention. These are all incidents that we cannot control with our clever science experiments and knowledge-based theories on life.
All these Signs are God oriented and God controlled, and they are screaming to the world, “pay attention to Me, get a grip on the fragility of life and come and know My Name.”
God wants our attention and these Signs are His Way of letting us know He is concerned about us.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler