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Dwelling In Safety

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"We've turned the lights out. Now it's your turn." These words suddenly glared at me against the blackness of my computer's monitor. It was a message to "Become more socially and environmentally responsible."

Initially it struck fear into my heart! Made to call attention by activists who are alarmed with "global warming" and the state of the earth in general, we were being urged to join in with our efforts to do something about the condition, particularly in the overuse of electric power, depleting our earth's resources and thus bringing the world to a disastrous ending. A noble cause indeed!

From a Christian believer's point of view, however, I need to be reminded what the Bible has to say about the wonderful world God created for mankind to live in.

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1, 2)

    And with the words, "Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness," (Genesis 1:3, 4) God began His six days of creation.

    "Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good." (Genesis 1:31)

And when God added mankind, male and female, to His creation, God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:28) What a responsibility indeed-to have dominion with wisdom. That type of dominion requires, first, obedience to the God of all creation! It didn't take long for our first ancestors to disregard God's command and turn to sin and separation from God Himself.

Placed on the path to death, both physical and spiritual, God sent His Son, Jesus to be the sacrificial lamb to save us. When we not only refuse to receive the offer, continue to go our own way, and think we alone without God can solve the world's problems, we in effect, turn our backs on the only One who can save.

And though we again are reminded the earth is ours to tend, certainly our trust is to ever be in God who keeps all in perfect balance. We can willingly obey and continue to trust in the peace of His word and say, "You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety." (Psalm 4:8)

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