Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
of God’s Beautiful Creation Matthew 6: 25-34
Vs.26 “Look at
the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and
yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than
This passage is a part of the ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ which marks the start
of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Christ is engaged in teaching the disciples
and the crowds about practical living and proper Christian conduct,
especially for those who are wavering in their faith. In this portion,
Christ’s alludes to nature, by speaking about the characteristics of
God Provides for
Verses 25-34 highlight the importance of God’s providence for creation.
As God is the creator of all life, he provides for and sustains the
created order. At the end of each day of creation (Gen.1), it is stated
that “God saw that it was good.” God created the world in such a way that
it would be sufficient in providing for the needs of the created order.
In v.26, the three verbs, sow,
refer to the human action of ensuring financial security. We find
alternative channels to live securely, often forgetting to trust that God
will provide. Christ reminds us that if we are worth more than birds,
then we are assured of God’s providential care for our needs, just as
certainly as the birds depend upon God for theirs. Being God’s people, we
are to trust
in God’s providence.
Responsibility to Creation
The human responsibility to take care of creation is seen in Gen.2, where
humans are given responsibility ‘to till’ the garden and ‘keep it’. God
established the created order,
but now we have made it a disorder.
The disruption of the process of nature has distorted the ways of God’s
working in the world, and also human survival. It is important that the
process/order of nature is respected not only for our own good, but also
to leave the way open for God’s communication through the process of
creation to take place without hindrance. We must not be a stumbling block for God’s
providence for future generations. This challenge us to take
up the responsibility of taking care of our planet.
Just as Christ challenged the crowd about their perceptions on
life, He challenges our today. As God’s people, can we commit to
taking care of creation? We must remember that all of creation comes from
God and is sustained by Him. But it is our responsibility to facilitate,
to enable this order to continue.
we thank you for the gift of life and the created order. Help us to trust
in your providence, and to take great responsibility and care in
protecting your gift - our world. Help us not to look into our own
security, but the world’s security. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
We Maintain -
God Sustains. What is our contribution to protecting God’s creation?
Rev. Dennis Abraham, Youth Chaplain, south East Region
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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