Comments on Verses from Prophets

Haggai

Haggai 1:11 “And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labors.”

Let there be no doubt, God is in control of the earth. Many in our time are concerned about what man is doing to the earth’s environment. They are confused about the ability of humanity to affect what God controls. I am not against good environmental practices or efforts to live in harmony with nature. It’s obvious we are doing a poor job taking care of the planet and if we were the only ones in charge I would be very worried. The big difference between the green earth folks and me is that I don’t believe we are the only ones in charge and I certainly don’t believe we can stop the dew or create droughts. We don’t control the weather nor the outcome of the weather. God is in charge of wind and rain, sun and moon.

Be a good person and take care of your part of the earth, but don’t think for a moment that you can take God’s job. God can call for rain or drought, you can’t. God determines the number of storms and their nature. We on earth should be considering how our behavior might be influencing what God is calling for. The Israelites found that out. Rain, drought, hail, earthquakes and armies are under God’s control. Have you read Psalm 2 lately? How about the story of Babel? Then there is the situation with Noah and his family, Lot and the twin cities. Who divided the sea or held the waters of Jordan? The only climate czar that matters is the Lord God.

Task for Today: Today I suggest you let God be God and you try the role of servant. Plant a tree or dig one up; in the end, this is your Father’s world. If He knows how many hairs sit on your head He knows how many trees we need and will, as He always has, provide them. God maintains the oceans in their place, not you. God changes the earth’s temperature, not you. Just remember that man will not determine how long the earth exists. Your job today is to prepare for the ending.

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