March 12, 2013

Be proud

By Paul Steury, assistant professor of sustainability and environmental education
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 43:16-21 (NRSV)
DEVOTIONAL:

Quite often we are told to be humble. My mom always said “pride cometh before fall.” But we must take pride in who we are – body and soul!

In today’s text it says, “the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.” Wow! All of us – all 7 billion people were made for God and it says we need to acknowledge that. This is the same Creator that made the owls and jackals, the deserts and the rivers, the cardinals and the black squirrels. It is the Creator that made our muscles and our reflexes so we can be mobile and blink. It is God that made chlorophyll so plants can create sugar and so we can breathe. They are, what I say, amazing daily miracles.

But often we just take those simple day-to-day things that surround us for granted. We get into our routines and grinds and we sure know how to complain some days!

We need to daily exclaim, “Wow! God you are amazing to create all these things that I need – thank you soooooo much!!”

Be proud that you are an amazing miracle – all of us – every single thing! Because God reminds us in verse 21 that we are “the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.”

Be proud. You are a miracle!

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 43:16-21 (NRSV)
Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
who brings out chariot and horse,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
The wild animals will honour me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise.

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Comments (8)

  1. Hi Paul, Nice thoughts to start this rainy Tuesday morning. Thanks!

    Eric Hostetter March 12, 2013 |
  2. I join in your “WOW” and give thanks.

    Wilma Shank March 12, 2013 |
  3. by the way, Paul–I am proud of you–for your love of God and all creation!

    martha Steury March 12, 2013 |
  4. Thanks for your wonderful reflection, Paul. Your reminder to give thanks for the daily miracles of creation struck a chord with me this morning.

    Sheldon C. Good March 12, 2013 |
  5. One of my favorite verses! “I am about to do a new thing. . .” Your comments indicate that you do perceive it. Thanks, Ruth

    Ruth March 12, 2013 |
  6. Excellent — thank you.

    Norm Morford March 12, 2013 |
  7. Amen, brother.

    Marian March 12, 2013 |
  8. I’m with you, Paul! Hardly a day goes by when I don’t marvel at the INFINITE space we can observe with our finite minds to the tiniest cell in our bodies, unperceiveable to the human eye. Perhaps I need to name more wonders, as you did, each day, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Ethel Umble March 12, 2013 |