Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We Can't Destroy The World

“This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Once again I will yield to Israel’s plea and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep, as numerous as the flocks for offerings at Jerusalem during her appointed festivals. So will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the LORD.” – Ezekiel 36:37-38

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 35-36; 2 Peter 1

The ruined cities will be filled with flocks of people huh? Flocks…what an interesting choice of words... What if that’s how God sees us? What if we are to God what flocks of sheep are to us? Maybe we aren’t even at that level. Maybe we are like one big ant colony digging up the ground trying to make sense of the world around us by rearranging bits of gravel.

I started reading this article from The Economist about how we have changed the world and now we have to change how we look at the world. From our perspective that is true. We have done some things to the earth that are not so fresh at all. Many say that we are destroying the planet. We are polluting the air and the waters with the byproducts of our civilization. The temperatures are getting hotter, the ice caps are melting, and the world is changing as we know it.

But there’s always been something about this notion that we are destroying the world that has struck me as being self-centered. It implies that we are capable of destroying it. There’s nothing that we can do to destroy the planet. All we can do is destroy our ability to live on it. The planet has been here for many millions of years and human existence on it represents a mere blink in its lifetime. At worse we are what The Matrix said we are; a virus to this world. But more accurately we are probably more like a flu or a cold.

Regardless of what we do to this planet it will recover. It will restore its natural balance. That’s how God created it.

The real question is what will we do? Will we learn to live in balance with the earth? Will we try to live in balance with the creation of our creator or will we continue on trying to live life on our terms.

The way that we treat the planet is really just a reflection of how we treat each other and ourselves. Maybe once we learn to love one another, our enemies as well as our friends, we will learn how to find that balance. That balance that our spirits long for. The balance that will enable us to move forward in such a way that everyone has enough rather than the imbalance that we have now where few people have plenty while others starve.

We are nothing more than a flock of sheep. And like a flock of sheep we cannot help but be lost without the shepherd. 


  1. Hello Man of God, This is such an awesome post for so many reasons, but I'll just start with the quoted scripture.

    “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Then they will know that I am the LORD.” – Ezekiel 36:37-38

    Just as the servant JOB had to discover for himself, God is sovereign. We only have the power God has given us and (no more). We are merely stewards over something that belongs to God.

    In every aspect of our lives, everything belongs to God. Furthermore, anything we destroy has already been created with the capacity to replenish itself just like us as people.

    God's grace and sovereignty has built within us everything we could ever possibly need through Christ. He's the one who was, who is, and is to come. Even those who are not Christians, they still have the BREATH of God within them. Again, the sovereignty of God to reign on this earth.

    Okay, now a side note...

    Clarence, you are and have been such a blessing through this vehicle God has given you. I have been trying not to say much because I don't want to sound like a broken record. However, you are such an enormous gift to this world and to me.

    So I just wanted to say thank you for being who you are, just as you are.

    Love you Much

  2. @Nicole "In every aspect of our lives, everything belongs to God." TRUTH! Great comment. I agree with everything you said. Well stated.

    And thank you for the compliment. I'm glad that I can be of some help as I share the questions and ideas that I am sorting out with God. Thanks for the encouragement.


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