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2199 WE are the guardians

The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it. Gen 2:15 CEV

At the creation God firstly made the earth – beautiful, perfect and full of life. It was God’s intention to make us a habitation, a house (literally a “tent”) to live in. Then God created man and put him on earth, his home. Man’s directive was to rule over the earth, to manage it – “to work and keep it”. We are ruling, then, over creation, but under the Creator, on his behalf. We’re like people renting a house: they live there and take care of it, but it doesn’t belong to them. At some time they will move on and must leave the house fit and habitable for its next occupants. We, however, because of sin, damage the house we occupy – and then just shrug it off. The harm that man is currently doing to earth is appalling and serious. We may expect such behaviour from unbelievers, but not from believers. We know our Creator best, we know his command to us!

Heavenly Father, we are guilty of the neglect and mistreatment of our beautiful home. Forgive us! Amen.

Take responsibility for the earth!

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