The Only Creation Made in His Image

AUGUST 2

MATTHEW 6:26_Are ye not much better than they?

Do you agree with Jesus’ question? Are you better than the birds? Better in what kind of way? Better looking? Hmm, when’s the last time you’ve seen a Roseate Spoonbill? A Franklin’s Gull? A Red-breasted Merganser? A Wood Duck? An American Goldfinch? A Cardinal? An Eastern Bluebird, or a Mountain Bluebird?  And it would be hard for me to decide who is more handsome – the Indigo Bunting, the Painted Bunting, or the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak? If you are not familiar with these, look them up. Talk about good looks?!

Perhaps, you think you are far more useful to the world, than a bird. Well, farmers and gardeners sure welcome the handsome Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. One of the Grosbeak’s favorite meals is potato beetles – they like the larvae as well. Talk about intelligent design!!

On the other hand, when I see Godly people performing self-sacrificing deeds, making wise decisions, and spreading love in the world, I don’t think there is any greater part of creation. 

Yes, I think God considers us much better than animals. He gives us the opportunity to bear the name of Christ when we become Christians.

I believe God thinks very highly of the only creation made in His image. 

PRAYER

God of Intelligent Design, Praise You for the opportunities You give me to be like You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Christ values me over all creation—I praise Him!

Intelligent Design

 AUGUST 1

MATTHEW 6:26_yet your heavenly Father feedeth them…

Birds are well fed. Not only do they have people like me who feed them, but the Creator feeds them. As we have already said, God created the birds’ food before He created the birds.    

God’s creation glorifies Him. He designed it that way. To become a student of nature is to become a student of God’s workmanship. Remember Psalm 19:1-2 (KJV)? “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.”

Intelligent Design. I like that. What goes on in the world of nature every day and every night is a testimony of intelligence far beyond anything man can fathom.

You may decide to become some kind of hermit because you just don’t like people. They keep hurting you and trespassing into your life. Whatever rock you hide under or cave you hide inside – you cannot escape the world of nature. The rock and cave themselves are designs of God’s incredible intelligence, along with any and everything that dwells in them. They speak God’s name constantly.

God feeds His birds. God creates. God takes care of His creation.    

By the way, God’s intelligent design is for you to allow Him to teach you how to respond to the hurts and trespasses with good works. Hermits are not a part of His design.

PRAYER

God of Creation, Open my eyes to see Your greatness all around me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Christ’s intelligence is in all of nature—I see it!

Jesus Turns to Nature

JULY 31

MATTHEW 6:26_Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns…

Jesus turns to nature. Consider birds, their work habits. 

I love to watch birds. I keep my feeders full, and water in the bird bath. It is a joy to watch the birds flock to the feeders. Don’t get me started on squirrels and my feeders (don’t want to discuss demons at this time).

During the season, I make nectar and keep my hummingbird feeders full. 

The birds did not plant the black oil sunflower seed I pour into the feeder. Neither did they harvest the seed, nor separate the seed from the hull. The hummers did not plant and grow the cane, nor go through the process of pressing, extracting, etc., to produce the sugar I use to make nectar. 

It is true that all the birds in my yard will eat well without my feeders, and without me. Genesis 1 (KJV), “11 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.”

God had provision on His mind before He created who would need it.   

PRAYER

God Who is the First and the Last, Thank You that You know my needs before I need them. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Christ provides—I receive!

Your Heavenly Body

JULY 30

MATTHEW 6:25_Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Raiment is translated as clothing or apparel or garments. Meat in this verse represents any kind of food. 

When you die, you won’t be packing a sack lunch. Food stays here – heavenly food will be provided for your heavenly body. Jesus’ first temptation in the wilderness was to eat when He had been called to fast. Do you recall what He said to the devil? Matthew 4:4 (KJV), “But he answered and said, ‘It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’’ This calls for the spirit to be stronger than the body. You can practice strength building for your spirit just as your body.  

When you die you won’t be packing a suitcase either. The clothes stay here. You will have clothes on your body in a coffin, but the body in the coffin isn’t going anywhere either.

Again, heavenly clothes will be provided for the heavenly body. Heavenly bodies will not be dependent upon anything from the earth.

Your heavenly clothes may be full of light. How cool would that be?

Whatever you wear in heaven, I promise there will be no fashion police! 

PRAYER

God in Heaven, Thank You my spirit can withstand difficult times. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Christ strengthens the spirit—He will strengthen mine!

You Are Worth Far More

JULY 29

MATTHEW 6:25_nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on…

How long do you stand in front of the closet deciding what to wear? Whether you set it out the night before, the morning of, or an hour before some special event, does it involve a major decision? If so, is that because you have too many clothes? Maybe it’s because you have too few, and are embarrassed about wearing the same thing … again. 

This is not about making a fashion statement, or lack of one. This is about worry.

You may worry about money to buy clothes.

You may worry about fashion police.

You worry because you do not have the latest name brands.

When you worry this way, you have degraded your self-worth. You have placed your value to equal a brand label on a piece of clothing. Even if it is a very expensive piece – you are worth far more. You are a living being created in God’s image.

To worry is to place the world above God. This may be very cliché but—worrying will never change anything.         

PRAYER

Holy Creator, Thank You that my worth is far more than man made stuff. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Christ gives me great worth—I will not degrade myself!