Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee. Jeremiah 32:17.
As the earth came forth from the hand of its Maker, it was exceedingly beautiful. Its surface was diversified with mountains, hills, and plains, interspersed with noble rivers and lovely lakes; but the hills and mountains were not abrupt and rugged, abounding in terrific steeps and frightful chasms, as they now do; the sharp, ragged edges of earth’s rocky framework were buried beneath the fruitful soil, which everywhere produced a luxuriant growth of verdure. There were no loathsome swamps nor barren deserts. Graceful shrubs and delicate flowers greeted the eye at every turn. The heights were crowned with trees more majestic than any that now exist. The air, untainted by foul miasm, was clear and healthful….
After the earth with its teeming animal and vegetable life had been called into existence, man, the crowning work of the Creator, and the one for whom the beautiful earth had been fitted up, was brought upon the stage of action…. Here is clearly set forth the origin of the human race; and the divine record is so plainly stated that there is no occasion for erroneous conclusions…. He who set the starry worlds on high, and tinted with delicate skill the flowers of the field, who filled the earth and the heavens with the wonders of His power, when he came to crown His glorious work, to place one in the midst to stand as ruler of the fair earth, did not fail to create a being worthy of the hand that gave Him life…. Though formed from the dust, Adam was “the son of God.”—Patriarchs and Prophets, 44.
With God at Dawn p. 344
—-Please pray for E for God’s guidance and protection. R
—-I have eyelid surgery on Wednesday morning and could use the prayers for a successful outcome. David
— my friend Joanne is in the hospital with this second kind of COVID she is 58 years old. She is on a ventilator and is getting weaker… The doctors are saying she might not make it. I am asking for mighty prayers for her. Maryanne
—-Please pray for my friend who fell and is in the hospital for observation. M
Yesterday, I wrote about the eight baby hamsters that Ronnie Jay had so many years ago. Their lives were full of object lessons. What busy little rodents they were! While one was on his tiptoes getting a drink from the water bottle, others were running in the wheel. Some were wrestling; still others were foraging around looking for something to eat or just exploring their surroundings. It was so much fun watching their antics! One time, after we cleaned out their cage, I laid my hand on the freshly changed pine shavings to get them used to me and to see what they would do. Immediately, four of them came over to investigate. After smelling my fingers all over, one of them tried to take a bite. He didn’t hurt me, he was just tasting me to see if I was edible. I withdrew my hand rather quickly, before he decided he liked the taste!
Think of it. If those little creatures give us so much pleasure, think how much enjoyment we will have when interacting with all of God’s creatures when sin and sinners are no more. Isaiah speaks of that grand and glorious day. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. . . .And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Isa 65:17-24; 11:6-9;
What delights await us when we will experience the time John foresaw, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Rev 21:1-4
May we all be there is my prayer.