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::Devotional:: ‘Happy Belated Earth Day’

April 23, 2010

Yesterday marked the forty-first celebration of Earth Day.  Beginning in 1970 it has been an annual event celebrated by millions of people.  Is there anything wrong with celebrating Earth Day?  Maybe I could put it a different way and say, “is there anything wrong with celebrating Genesis 1?”

Earth Day in and of itself is not something that Christians should be boldly opposed to.  It is a day to reflect on the bountiful earth God has created and be thankful for how He sustains us through it.  It is a day to promote stewardship and conservation of the resources God has given us within the earth.  In a very practical way, it is a day to worship the Lord.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  Genesis 1:2

In light of Earth Day and in worship to the Lord, I’d like to point out something about the great design from the ultimate designer here in Genesis 1.  In tribute and praise to the order by which our great God operates, let’s take note of the creation account in Genesis 1.

  • “Now the earth was formless…” so God gave it shape and form
    • Day 1:  God created light and separated it from darkness – “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”  Genesis 1:3-4
    • Day 2:  God separated the waters to form the sky – “So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse “sky.””  Genesis 1:7-8
    • Day 3:  God gathered up the waters to create the land, seas, and vegetation “And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”  Genesis 1:9-10
  • “…and empty” so God filled that which He had shaped and gave form
    • Day 4:  God created the sun, moon, and stars and put them into place – “God made two great lights–the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.”  Genesis 1:16-18
    • Day 5:  God created fish and birds to fill up the sky and the seas – “And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”  Genesis 1:20
    • Day 6:  God created animals to fill up the land – “And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.”  Genesis 1:24

Day 6 also marked God’s creation of man, the crown of His creation.  Designed in His own image to be His vice-regents, ruling over the earth on His behalf.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth,and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”  Genesis 1:26

In honor of the King of Creation, the Lord God Almighty – Happy Belated Earth Day!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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