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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority.”—Psalm 8:6 (NLT)
What can be done? It’s a question that’s often posed regarding any number of circumstances. A natural disaster befalls a city or country and we ask, “What can be done?” A friend is in distress, a family is stricken by a crisis, or a horrible injustice is brought to light and we ask “What can be done?” Sometimes, the question is asked rhetorically, because it just seems like an impossible situation with no solution . . . a no-win scenario.
In yesterday’s devo on Genesis 1:28, we established that the Lord left us in charge of this earth. He put His good creation in our care, to govern it and have dominion over. And we also came to the conclusion that we have failed spectacularly at it. Today’s verse essentially parallels Genesis 1:28, so instead of sounding like a broken record about how we have not lived up to our responsibility as caretakers of the earth, I’m going to ask myself, and I hope you are asking yourself, too, “What can be done?”
Now, you can read into that in two different ways:
1) The rhetorical, hopeless way, which basically says, But what can be done? It’s too late now. The damage has been done. There’s no going back.
2) The genuine, servant-hearted way, which basically says, Hey, the past is in the past; we can’t undo what’s been done, but what steps can we take to honor God and be good stewards from this moment forward? What part can I play in being faithful to God’s first blessing and directive to mankind?
Today, Christ-follower, I implore you to embrace the second mindset. I encourage you to identify the mistakes of the past, the errors in our ways, the selfish and sinful manner in which we’ve “governed” and “reigned” over God’s creation . . . and then prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance in how you can be part of the solution. This is not a no-win scenario.
Maybe for you it’s being an environmental advocate or volunteering at an animal shelter. Maybe it’s being more conscious of the clothes you buy, the products you use, or the car you drive. Or maybe your role is to fight for justice in areas of human trafficking, child labor, animal abuse, or orphan care. Whatever it is, if you do it with a desire to glorify God, be faithful to His directive, and care for the world He made, the world will see your good deeds and your Father in heaven will be glorified because of it!
DIG: Have you ever looked on at a situation and asked yourself, “What can be done?” What mindset were you approaching it from—rhetorical or helpful?
DISCOVER: Is there an area from the things listed in the last paragraph that you’re passionate about? Orphan care? Trafficking? Animal abuse? Environmental advocacy? Ethical clothing and food practices?
DO: Pray about where the Lord is calling you to be faithful to His directive to govern the earth.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.