Sharing Our Faith Together

Accountable to God

by Andy Cokayne 20 April 2022
First published 16 March 2021. We continue to post new thoughts but hope you find encouragement and blessing in revisiting some we have previously published.

Reading - Psalm 8 v 1-9

It has been great to see some wonderful sunsets over recent weeks, and to see trees and flowers come in to bud as Spring approaches. When we consider creation we are often drawn to the Psalms where we read 'When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him,' (v3-4). To respect God's majesty, we must compare ourselves to his greatness. When we look at creation, we often feel small by comparison. To feel small is a healthy way to get back to reality, but God does not want us to dwell on our smallness. Humility means proper respect for God, not putting ourselves down.

When we look at the vast expanse of creation, we wonder how God could be concerned for people who constantly disappoint him. Yet we read we were created a little lower than the heavenly beings (v5). The next time you question your worth as a person or feel down about yourself, remember that God considers you highly valuable. We have great worth because we bear the stamp of the creator. We read in Gen 1 v26-27 that God created us in his own image, and to rule over all creation. Because God has already declared how valuable we are to him, we can be set free from feelings of worthlessness.

God gave human beings tremendous authority - to be in charge of the whole earth. But with great authority comes great responsibility. If we own a  pet, we can do with it just as we wish, but we also have the responsibility to feed and care for it. How do we treat God's creation? We are to use our resources wisely because God holds us accountable for our stewardship.

Creation Sings the Father's Song

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Father as we look at your creation, we are amazed at how vast it is, yet we too get a glimpse of your vast love for us, and realise what a privileged position we have in your creation.

In Jesus name. Amen