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Genesis 1

For Christmas, Emily and Ethan each got a book called, Amazing Animal Journeys from Kerry, a cousin.  In the book is wonderful information about God’s diverse creatures such as finding out that thousands of zebras in Botswana, Africa migrate approximately 360 miles total, and that millions of little, red crabs on Christmas Island migrate from their forest burrows following “the season’s first big rain.”  From there, they tackle cliffs and face other dangers like becoming roadkill, just so the female crabs can get to the ocean to release the eggs.

In addition to migration facts, other information was packed in the book.  For example, walruses have an air pouch so that when they go to sleep, their heads won’t submerge.  Also, a baby zebra has the ability to recognize its mom’s unique stripe pattern.

When Creation was complete, God looked at what He made and “it was good.”  The walruses wouldn’t drown because of the built-in air pouches, the baby zebras would quickly learn how to identify their mothers, etc.  He thought of everything.  Is there anyone that can identify all of the animals God made?  Maybe.  But is there anyone that can identify all of the animals and know everything about them?  Probably not, and animals are just a fraction of what God made.

Evolutionists don’t give God the credit He deserves.  How can they think all of the animals happened by chance?  I want to conclude with a quote from The Collapse of Evolution by Scott M. Huse:  “Extraordinary design and adaptation are found throughout nature in such abundance, perfection, and complexity as to utterly defy evolutionary explanation.  Most of these structures and abilities simply could not have evolved piecemeal because they are useful only when perfect and complete.  Indeed, all of nature proclaims, ‘Behold, the Master Creator!’  As Lord Kelvin has written:  ‘Overwhelmingly strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us…the atheistic idea is so non-sensical that I cannot put it into words.'”

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Deuteronomy 25:15, Proverbs 16:11, Jeremiah 5:1

I’ve been on a lot of errands over the last few days.  At one store, I purchased two mylar balloons, two latex balloons and some Hi Float to make the balloons last longer.  The total was under $15.  When I got home, I decided to look at the receipt before tossing it.  I discovered that I was only charged for the mylar balloons and the Hi Float.  I figured out that they undercharged me about $3.  It was night by that time, and, even though they were open, I decided to make it right in the morning.  Not long after their store opened, I came in with my receipt, waited in line, and when it was my turn, set my keys with a sparkly cross on the counter and explained that I was undercharged.  The clerk was surprised, but rang up my total which I paid.  She thanked me for my honesty.

There is a story told about Abe Lincoln and his honesty.  You can find it in The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett on page 620.  It tells about Abe when he was a clerk.  A woman made a purchase that was a little over $2 and left.  Later, Abe realized that he had accidentally overcharged her 6 1/4 cents.  After work, he walked in the dark two or three miles to her house after thinking, “The money must be paid back.”

Honesty is important.  If you read in Proverbs or Deuteronomy you’ll run across verses about honest scales and weights.  In Jeremiah 5:1, it looked like an honest person was a rare find.

Abe Lincoln might have been tired from his work shift, but he pressed on in the dark, risking embarrassment, to show that customer what honesty looks like.  The lady in the story might have been timid to open her door in the dark and then startled to see Abe.  But once he explained, she could gladly receive the change and instead of feeling troubled, he could feel a positive change inside.

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Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28

Yesterday, my family and I were out doing errands when we noticed a construction sign that said, “Detour.”  It seemed like a sad thing, but as we got off the beaten path and onto the new path, we realized it was enjoyable.  The road climbed and swooped, showing us a part of our city we hadn’t seen before.

Let’s say the beaten path represents a person’s life that has stagnated and is just surviving day to day.  And say the new path represents a person’s life that is alive with hope.  This all reminds me of a book I read called Destiny: Let God Use You Like He Made You by Tony Evans.  He said that if we just survive day to day, we risk someday hearing from God, “I had so much that I wanted to accomplish through you…but I never could get you to focus your full and undivided attention on My glory.  You wanted your own.”    Tony Evans further states, “…your destiny is about His glory.”

Speaking of what to focus on, Dr. Evans said, “Focusing on the world creates static on the line that will interfere with what the Spirit wants to speak to your mind (see Romans 12:1-2).  But if you focus your mind on God and His kingdom, you will pierce through the fog of this world…Seek Him first, and you will make it…All these things will be added to you-including your destiny.”

Tony Evans mentioned, “While waiting on God for your destiny, promote the well-being of the people around you now.”  Later, he said, “When you find Him, you will find the plan as well because He knows what it is and wants to give it to you.”

In the last chapter of the book in the last paragraph, Dr. Evans requests that the reader remember Jeremiah 29:11.  Jeremiah says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

 

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