Ralph's Daily Devotional - Tuesday, June 5

While we need to take seriously our human struggles with the environmental crisis, overpopulation and potential for mass destruction through war, nevertheless it is God who has responsibility for the human race.  Through willful rejection of God (Romans 1:18-25) and by trusting solely our own ingenuity, even the best scientists concur and concede that the human race at best is but postponing extinction.

Is this our hope?  Extinction of the human race in one sense is demonstrably true.  Ask anyone born in 1900.  Oh I forgot, you can't because they're all gone!  That's right, every last human being of that generation is physically gone.  But what of the new creation that so few consider?  What of God and Jesus and the Scriptures yet fulfilled, pointing to a new Heaven and Earth?

Amid the gloom and doom, we have the promises of God.  Ironically, today it is not so much the church preaching the "end times" of fearful apocalyptic scenarios as it is the scientists!

Exodus reminds us that God's people, as the world itself, face at times episodic nightmares in which extinction is a nemesis waiting to happen.  Israel under Egypt's cruelty was facing extinction.  The message of Exodus for them and ourselves is "God sees, God acts and God delivers."

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