Our Daily Bread
- READ: Isaiah 41:17-20
I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree. —Isaiah 41:19
Near one of the most majestic sites in God’s nature is a botanical garden of awe-inspiring beauty. On the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is the
Floral Showhouse. Inside the greenhouse is a vast array of beautiful
flowers and exotic plants. In addition to the flora my wife and I
observed, something else caught our attention—the wording of a plaque.
It reads: “Enter, friends, and view God’s pleasant handiwork, the
embroidery of earth.” What a marvelous way to describe the way our
Creator favored this globe with such jaw-dropping beauty!
“embroidery of earth” includes such far-ranging God-touches as the verdant
rainforests of Brazil, the frigid beauty of Arctic Circle glaciers, the
flowing wheat fields of the North American plains, and the sweeping
reaches of the fertile Serengeti in Africa. These areas, like those
described in Isaiah 41, remind us to praise God for His creative
Scripture also reminds us that the wonder of individual plants are part of God’s
work. From the rose (Isa. 35:1) to the lily (Matt. 6:28) to the myrtle,
cypress, and pine (Isa. 41:19-20), God colors our world with a
splendorous display of beauty. Enjoy the wonder. And spend some time
praising God for the “embroidery of earth.” —Dave Branon
If God’s creation helps you see
What wonders He can do
Then trust the many promises
That He has given you. —D. De Haan
Creation is filled with signs that point to the Creator.
- READ: Psalm 22:1-8,19-26
Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! —Psalm 22:26
Do you know which psalm is quoted most often in the New Testament? You may have guessed the familiar and beloved 23rd Psalm, but actually it is
Psalm 22. This psalm begins with David’s poignant, heart-breaking words
that were quoted by Jesus on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You
forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34).
Imagine the situation David must have found himself in that caused him to cry
out to God in this way. Notice that he felt forsaken and abandoned: “Why are You so far from helping me?” (Ps. 22:1). He also felt ignored: “O
my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear” (v.2).
Ever been there? Have you ever looked up into the heavens and wondered why
it seemed that God had abandoned you, or was ignoring you? Welcome to
David’s world. But for every plaintive cry David expresses, there is a
characteristic of God mentioned that rescues him from despondency.
Through it all, David discovers that God is holy (v.3), trustworthy
(vv.4-5), a deliverer and rescuer (vv.8,20-21), and his strength (v.19).
Do you feel forsaken? Seek the Lord. Rehearse His character. And “let your heart rejoice with everlasting joy” (v.26 nlt). —Dave Branon
Lord, sometimes I feel as if You don’t care about
my life. When those times come, please remind me
of Your character as You did David. Help me to
lean on You again and know that You are there.
Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.