Our Dependence on the God Who Created Us
We don't realize how fragile our existence is, how constantly dependent on God's care we are. Should God allow even a few degrees' change in the average temperature of the earth's surface, the perfectly balanced ecological system that is necessary for our existence would be devastated. Only minor changes in the earth's atmosphere would permit destructive radiation to render us sterile, rapidly extinguishing human life.
Unless the delicate balance of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, ozone and other essential gases and elements is consistently sustained in the atmosphere, life as we know it could not exist on planet earth.
The same balance is evident in the amount and distribution of water in oceans, lakes, rivers, glaciers, aquifers and mountain snowpacks in relation to the planet's land mass. The efficient dispersion of water is essential for proper irrigation of the earth's surface. The world's incredible weather system enables us to grow food, cleanse the land of waste and meet countless other needs—not to mention the recreation and beauty it provides.
Every day we depend on this delicate balance. God reveals that He actively rules and controls it all. He is the Being "who made the world and everything in it" and is "Lord of heaven and earth, [who] does not dwell in temples made with hands." The true God is not "worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things" (Acts 17:24-25).
In spite of God's greatness, power and majesty, "He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being . . ." (verses 27-28).
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