Random thoughts regarding environment and choice jewels from Habakkuk.
Responsibility to the environment, 2:17.
“The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you and your destruction of animals will terrify you, for you have shed man’s blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.”
We conservatives sometimes take a bad rap about what is perceived as our attitude toward the environment. I reject that perception. Some, including me, reject some theories regarding the environment. Particularly, the panic concerning global warming. God has set in motion natural principles that will ensure seasons come and go. There will be springtime and harvest.
Obviously there are natural forces that cause erosion, freezing, melting, all contributing to changes in land and sea. He assigned men to care for the enviorment. And we take that responsibility seriously. However, history and science proves that men and animals are adaptable to change. Some do not survive. Just as dinosaurs have not survived.
It is hilarious to me that the same people who panic over the thought of a two degrees raise in temperature also believe people came from some a one celled ameba in a blog someplace. That’s some ability to adapt!
Notice God’s word above. He is disturbed that people have not properly cared for the land or the animals. But the ultimate evil from all their plunder of the land was the resultant death of people – cities and everyone in them. If one ignores, neglects, or ravages land and animals, there will be no food. So we do care for the environment.
PERSONAL TESTIMONY – SINGING HABAKKUK’S SONG:
Sammy and I used to sing this song based on 3:17,18 “I Will Praise Him” I cannot find the composer, but his/her song has been a blessing to me.
If the fields refuse a harvest and the trees no longer bear,
If the flocks forsake their shepherd, and my head be bowed with care;
Yet I know His ways are wondrous, With this man made out of dust.
And these lips of clay shall praise Him, Tho' the world be turned to rust!
I will praise Him, yes, I'll praise Him,
There will be a better day.
There will be a bright tomorrow
God will never pass away.
If the roses lose their fragrance, If the birds no longer sing
If the rivers cease their flowing And the bells refuse to ring;
Still I know that God's in heaven And I know that all is well.
So my lips will sing His praises And the gospel story tell!
If my body suffer torments, Does not He, my Master, know
Who am I to ask the potter, why he made the vessel so?
And if wealth and friends forsake me, Be my home an empty room,
Yet I'll stand and call Him blessed, For the triumph o'er the tomb!
CHOICE JEWELS FOR MEMORY:
“The Lord is in his Holy Temple, so all the earth should be silent in his presence.” 2:20
“The Lord God gives me my strength. He makes me like a deer, which does not stumble.”
“In wrath, remember mercy” 3:2
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” 2:14
“…but the just shall live by his faith.” 2:4