vegetation-tropicaleHave you ever started out to do something only to realize that you needed to do three other things first? Before you could pack for a short trip, you needed to finish the laundry. But you were low on soap and needed to run to the store. While you were at the store, you remembered that you needed to stop by the bank for cash … and two hours later, you still weren’t packed. Please don’t tell me I’m the only one!

It’s a good thing God does a better job of planning ahead.

God separated the land from the sea. “Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:11 NIV)

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years looking at trees and plants and seeds. (See Be Like A Tree and Devotions From the Garden) But what occurred to me this time around is how much God plans ahead and provides for His creation.

On days five and six of the creation account, God spoke into being countless birds, fish, livestock, wild animals, and eventually mankind. What were those creatures going to eat? Plants and fruit. Where would they find shelter? Under trees and near bushes. And what were they going to breathe? Oxygen from the air … that was continually being refreshed and recycled by the act of photosynthesis in the leaves of plants.

And before God created the plants, He made sure they had the light, water, air, and soil they needed to survive and grow.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

Creation declares that God provides all we need.

What about you? Do you have everything you need to survive? Why or why not? Where do those things originate? Are you good at planning ahead or seem to forget things?

Creation Declares – Plants
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  • March 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, you described God’s perfect ability to create so well! I hardly even touch on being anywhere close to my own plans and implementions; yet I survive – thankfully.

    I am not good at planning ahead, nor am I forgetful; I just rush around like a mad woman. 🙂

    Best wishes in your family and professional pursuits.

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