May 12

Psalm 67:3-7

“The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.” vss. 6-7

There is no doubt that as inhabitants of the earth we have been blessed by God in unbelievable ways. There are now more than 7.7 billion people in the world and every day all those persons have to be fed, clothed, and housed–and all the resources come from our Creator and Sustainer. All of them! Our little minds can scarcely imagine how that can be done–just think of all the grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, fish, poultry it takes for just that one day! The psalmist was right–we have been blessed! And we even dare to hope that we will continue to be blessed. Sometimes that seems a tenuous thought given our enormously wasteful ways. Will our profligacy catch up with us? How long can a few people continue to amass fortunes while others go without? Fortunately there are many people who are concerned with the stewardship of the earth’s resources. They’re spending their lives developing new and better ways of using water and land for prudent production. While the earth can easily produce enough food for all to eat and be satisfied, we’ve had a dickens of a time with distribution–there’s a powerful tendency to hoard and not share. We’ve been around for a long time now, we’ve learned a lot about crops and technology, perhaps someday we will also learn to ensure that everyone will have enough of everything!

Thought for the Day: Are the earth’s resources finite or infinite?

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