Your Father’s love
Following on from Sunday’s sermon on Your Father’s Love, I have been reading through Psalm 104 and it speaks so wonderfully of God’s amazing love and perfect wisdom in creation. Verse 14 and 15 states;
“You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart”.
Often in the developed world, the issue of food scarcity is a long-forgotten woe. People live in abundance, having various food choices that are well packaged on the shelf of grocery stores. Gradually, most consumers are so distant from the actual source of food that some have little or no idea where the food came from.
A few years ago, a friend posted a comment of thanks to God on Facebook. As I read the post, I thought it was a well written response of gratitude to our Lord, and for that, I liked it. Subsequently, another person commented with some harsh statements directly challenging the notion of a God. In His opinion, God does not exist and hence my friend need not thank Him; lest she came across as one who was primitive in her thinking. I stepped in to defend the faith as he posed a question to me. He said, “show me one thing that was created by God and not man”. Instantly, an image of a fruit with a seed came to mind. I said to him, “where do you think the fruits and some of the juice you drink come from?”. He said, “from the farm, and it was man, not God that produced it”. I said to him, “do you know that God created the fruit trees and have placed seeds in some of the fruits to enable us participate in the procreation of those fruits? Without the seeds, we can do nothing, but God first created and placed the seeds in the fruits for us to continue what He had already made”. Upon reading this, he deleted all his comments and did not state a word.
I believe we are living in a time where urbanization has brought about a bit of distance between us and nature, making the wonders of our Father’s love even harder to grasp or appreciate. But as you go through your week, just take time and focus on the ‘little blessings’ and see how much you are loved by Him.
Have a great week.
PR Chris Eke