Date: Monday, November 25

ScriptureGenesis 2:4b-17

Verse: Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9)

Many of us living in Colorado are big fans of the outdoors – camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, cycling. We know about glorious views, even if it is of Pikes Peak from our living room or car. Many report being out in nature is where they feel closest to God. It makes sense. God is the creator of all we can see in the natural world, including us.

The creation stories of Genesis 1 and 2 remind us that God is the God of everything. He made it, loves it, and has asked us to care for what he has created, including one another. These stories tell us God is concerned with so much more than just what we consider the “spiritual” part of lives. He is concerned with all of life, because he created it all.

As we begin to prepare for the first Sunday of Advent this week, the first Sunday in the Christmas season, it is good for us to begin with this reminder of God’s love for all of creation, and his desire to redeem the entirety of it. God loves what he has made and has a plan for redeeming all of it, a plan that is coming to its fullness in the person of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Thank you, Creator God, for the gift of the world around me, and my place in it.

Action: Spend some time outside this week enjoying the created world.

Respond: Where do you feel closest to God? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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