Devotion for Sunday, September 10, 2023

“The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died” (Revelation 16:3).

 have often wondered if this is the pollution we have poured into the sea or the after-effects of it.  We humans are guilty of having polluted so many places.  Will we eventually pay the price for our lack of stewardship?  We already do.  This does not mean that a day may come where, quite literally, this happens as it is being described.  For us, this is a reminder that we are called to be stewards of the earth and to seek to obey all that the Lord has commanded. 

Lord, it is difficult enough for me just to work on the commandments You have given me.  I confess that I try to be a good steward, but I am not good.  Tribulation will come because of sin.  Even if I am not directly involved, I will pay a price.  Lead me away from selfish thinking so that in all circumstances, I will give thanks for the salvation You have given me.  Knowing these things makes me sad, but to know Your grace restores my joy.

Lord Jesus, You said there would be a new heaven and a new earth.  You have promised that all who are in You should be with You forever.  In hearing these words today, what will happen between here and there is not going to be pleasant.  Wrap Your protective arms around me that I may be strengthened for whatever befalls me on this side of life, knowing that You will use all things to shape me for eternity.  Help me to be a steward and care where I am able for the world around me.  Amen.