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Psalm 24v1: The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world and those who live in it.
Ever had something fail on you, prompting you to reach out to an expert – perhaps an everyday object, such as a phone or television, bike or car?
When something fails, we reach out to someone qualified, because the problem is greater than our ability to resolve it. Often, even though it might cost more to us personally, we are best-served contacting the one who made the item, as they are best-placed to understand the fault and fix the problem using authenticated and trusted parts. There’s a weight of authority and a level of trust found there that gives assurance to us: whatever problem we face, they can resolve it.
There’s something of this to be applied in the hearts cry of people over these past few weeks as they have gathered to consider the challenges faced by a shifting climate… so many voices from across society and national boundaries have proposed their genuine, heart-felt solutions to the problems facing the world, and yet so often something significant is missing.
With the Earth’s problems in mind, are they contacting the One who made it? Are they even aware of His role in creation’s beginning, let alone His promises for its present and its future?
We all want answers to the challenges we see, and I’m so heartened that these answers can be found in the pages of Scripture – that our love relationship with God through Jesus, and our love relationship with each other by the Spirit can transform not just society, but can ultimately resolve even our greatest concerns about the Earth on which we live.
Let’s embrace the call to champion justice for humanity and accept the mandate to care for creation. But let us also invite the One who made it, and all it contains, to lead us every step of the way, so that a full, perfect and eternal solution can be realised.
Reverend Stuart Lawson, Oban Baptist Church.