Daily Devotional for March 29
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 12:27(KJV):
27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
Thought for the Day
It is not wrong to hunt; but hunting for mere sport, in order to just hang a stuffed animal's head on a wall as a trophy of one's prowess without using the meat for food, is slothful. A diligent man considers game a precious possession providing food for his family's table.
While some people wastefully destroy animals, others consider it evil to kill them for food and become vegetarians. This is a nobler viewpoint, but the Bible does not forbid killing animals for food at this time. In the beginning, man was given a vegetarian diet of fruit, grains, vegetables, and seeds (Genesis 1:29-30, NIV). Apparently, all creatures of the earth were herbivores until after the great flood. This could have been one of the reasons that Noah was able to easily gather them into the ark and that they did not attack each other while in it. After the Flood, God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, now I give you everything" (Genesis 9:3, NIV). God had already established the difference between clean and unclean animals in Genesis 8:20, and now told them that they could eat all clean animals as well as plants and fruit. He also told Noah that the animals would now fear man; something that apparently did not exist in the pre-flood world.
A possible clue to why God saw fit to allow some of His creatures to feed upon others after the Flood is that it somehow changed the order of things. God had created a perfect world. Earth's atmosphere and vegetable life had provided a perfect environment and perfect nutrition for man and animals. This perfect earth was first cursed because of man's sin and destroyed when man's wickedness reached its fullness. After the flood, Noah and his family began all over again like Adam and Eve, but in an imperfect world. Perhaps God allowed the eating of meat - so familiar a part of our existence today - because the original order of things had now changed due to the influence of sin in the world.
By choosing to sin, man lost his position of authority over God's creation. The loss of man's proper position on earth caused the rest of creation to lose its proper position. Creation has now been tainted by the wicked one's perverted character. Certain animals and humans now prey upon each other.
This will change. We will all be able to truly enjoy the earth when Jesus returns. He will restore it to what He originally planned it to be, when He reigns during the millennium (Isaiah 11:6-9). The animals will once again eat plants and not each other. Man will enjoy the original foods that God made for him without any desire to hunt or kill. Satan will no longer be loose on earth, and all creation will be free from the atrocities of sin. All the earth groans and waits for the day when Christ will return as King.
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, thank you for Your creation of animals. You made so many magnificent creatures. Your diversity is astounding. Some are such a delight to watch. We can learn from so many of them. Your domesticated animals are such a joy to us, while the wild ones challenge us to observe their ways and learn about them. Thank you that You made them for man's enjoyment and use. Since many of them are directly dependant upon us, help us to be good stewards over them. Lord, protect the endangered beasts of the earth who are hunted by poachers for the wrong reasons. Lord, may our prayers create a spiritual ark for the preservation of your animals, especially the ones that are near extinction. Give us Your heart for the animals You created. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? Heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
The Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me. God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 25:34; Luke 12:32; James 2:5; Romans 8:17; John 16:27; Hebrews 11:16; Revelation 21:7; 2 Timothy 4:8; Philippians 1:6
Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
They do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. We look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. To him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only but unto all them also that love his appearing. A crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Proverbs 27:24; Psalm 39:6; Colossians 3:2; Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Corinthians 9:25; 2 Corinthians 4:18; Proverbs 11:18; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 5:4