Dominion - Tuesday's Dose - 15th January 2013

Tuesday's Dose - 15th January 2013

Dominion

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over everyliving thing that moveth upon the earth. - Genesis 1:27-28.

Anyone who has been around children knows that they move. They can move quickly. Parents keep a watchful eye on children to help prevent them from being destructive to themselves or to others. Parents also protect their children from outside dangers. This is what it means to have dominion over something.
God gave us dominion over every living thing that moves on the earth. And, with his wry sense of humor, he gives us active children. So, we can grasp the meaning of `dominion' by noticing how we instinctively care for our children.
At the very least, we make sure our children have a place to live, food to eat, and clothes to wear. This represents habitat, nourishment, and ability to thrive in the natural environment. Dominion over animals that move requires us to be vigilant about protecting where they live, ensuring that we humans don't deplete their food source, and allowing them to remain in conditions for which they are best suited. We wouldn't, for example, move a polar bear to the equator, or make a bird swim in the sea.

Today we are beginning to understand how negligent humankind has become over past decades. We have cut down rain forests, which is the habitat for many life forms. We are depleting the food supply of fish. We have claimed so much land that wild animals, such as coyotes, have nowhere to go but suburbia and almost nothing to eat but our pets.

Now, we are realizing that we've been wasteful, that our globe is changing because of our waste, and that future generations will suffer for it. By giving us dominion over life forms that move, God gave us his first commandment—to respect him enough to care for and about the life he created in this world. God provides a variety of life forms so we can learn from them. When we destroy them, we destroy the opportunity for education that God wishes for us, and in doing so we also destroy ourselves. When we embrace all of life, we submit to the two commands Jesus says are most important, that we Love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and that we love others as we love ourselves (Mark 12:28-31). Dominion has nothing to do with greed or self-satisfaction. Dominion has everything to do with love for all God's creations.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, you have provided us an awesome world. Thank you for all the people who study it so we can know it better. Grant us wisdom to know how to preserve and restore rather than abuse life on earth. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Tuesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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