November 19

Psalm 46:1-6

“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” vss. 2-3

As global temperatures rise more and more people are convinced that we are in the beginning stages of significant climate change. Even though some aren’t convinced that this is human-caused they do agree that preparations need to be made for the consequences of warmer temperatures. Even though sea level changes seem incremental they will cause catastrophic damage to our coastlines–there will be massive flooding in some of the world’s most heavily populated and vulnerable areas. Storms will increase in intensity–damages from rain, winds, and flooding will be widespread and millions of people will be displaced. Though the psalmist likely didn’t have a clue about such things he was aware of natural disasters–earthquakes were commonplace along the Jordan Rift Valley–and he believed that in such circumstances the Lord was our refuge and strength. This doesn’t mean that we can afford to adopt a casual attitude about the environmental threats that we currently face. Even though the earth will likely survive any damage that humans can inflict, there are things that can be done to mitigate the coming disasters. As we begin to make those necessary changes we can be sure that God will be our very present help in trouble. Despite our careless stewardship, we will survive.

Thought for the Day: What’s our best hope in the face of a changing climate?

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