Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sustain Ability - October 19, 2013

Psalm 55:22(New International Version)
22 Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 55:22(Good News Translation)
22 Leave your troubles with the Lord,
and he will defend you;
he never lets honest people be defeated.

You hear much about the word "sustainability" these days. It has become the catch-word of environmentalists. It almost borders on being a new religion of sorts, with the worshipers of the environment, trying to give the animals and plants in the world rights equal to those of human beings. Its goal is to have us co-exist with the environment in the hopes of saving it from ourselves. This is what the EPA calls is a simple principle, and this is what it says about it:

"Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment."

Not that I am not for being a good steward of the earth that God gave us, but I feel many well-intentioned people have forsaken the Creator and are worshiping the creation(Romans 1:25) instead. This is one of the outcomes of our world removing God from their cultures. In everyone, there exists a "hole" that needs to be filled(Ecclesiastes 3:11), and many people these days are wrongly filling it with other things.

God has already told us what we need to have "sustain ability", and it calls for action on our part. In many places in His word, we are told that God will care for us if we turn to Him. He desires us to depend on Him for all of our needs, and in the verse above and in the Book of Peter, we are told to cast our cares on Him and he will take care of us(1 Peter 5:7). Our obligation is to live lives worthy of that care; our calling is to be righteous, living a life that exemplifies morality and justice. In doing so, He promises that He will sustain us.

Photo from Growth Nation, "Global Growth and Sustainability", posted 12-20-10, by Doug Bruhnke

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