Posted by: The Simple Guy | January 28, 2011

Use it or Lose it. . .

My boss forwarded this to me today.  (I work at a sawmill)

I don’t know anything about “Rethinkforests” and am not endorsing or opposing them at this time.  Liked the message, but . .

. . . it brought a couple of things to mind:

Rom 1:18-23 ESV
(18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
(19) For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
(20) For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
(21) For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
(22) Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
(23) and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

I find myself thinking from time to time of how foolish we are with our natural resources.  Where I live, 90% of the timber is federally owned.  It pains me to walk through the forest and see how much of the wood is dead and dying because of over crowding, yet someone in an office on the other side of the country decides when and where we cut trees.  We worship “nature” at the expense of our economy.  We deserve what we get.

Today we read this in Proverbs:

Pro 28:4-9 ESV
(4) Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them.
(5) Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.
(6) Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
(7) The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
(8) Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
(9) If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

Verse 5 really caught my eye, but the whole context points to where we are today.  You see, those who don’t honor God, cannot understand right from wrong.  This is why we are in this condition.

Only God can save our nation.  We each need to seek the LORD.  Only when we see Him as He is, can we make right judgments.

We won’t correctly handle the forests until we correctly view the Maker of the Universe.

Craig

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  1. Only God can save our nation. We each need to seek the LORD. Only when we see Him as He is, can we make right judgments.

    Amen to that.

    We won’t correctly handle the forests
    or our families, jobs, personal possessions, the economy…(I know you already know this. Couldn’t resist tossing it in, though 🙂 )
    until we correctly view the Maker of the Universe.

    Even when one sees that this is what is necessary, there is still the difficult road of being disciplined and trained to remain with eyes on the true treasure.


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