REPOSTToday’s AMI QT Devotional, provided by Cami King who serves as associate pastor at Remnant Church in Manhattan, was first posted on November 22, 2014. Cami is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania (BA) and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.).
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
A righteous person cares forthe life of his animal, but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.
A few years ago, I met a woman who truly loved her cat. She had a sickly cat that required constant care, medications, doctor’s visits, and she faithfully cared for him through it all. When I first met these two, I thought their relationship odd – such devotion to an animal that couldn’t give the same in return and likely didn’t understand the care he was receiving didn’t make sense to me. But if you asked her why she did it, she’d say because God made and loves her cat.
And then one day, it hit me. I was sitting at the lunch table, about to enjoy a burger, when all of a sudden my heart was moved with what I can only describe as compassion… for my burger. I thought of the animal whose life was no more all so that I could enjoy my delicious (and it was delicious!) burger. And then I thought of all the inhumane ways that cow come to be beef on my plate. And my heart was moved (there may or may not have even been a tear in my eye). In that moment, I was sincerely thankful to God for creating the cow and for the privilege of being able to enjoy a burger. And I was deeply repentant on behalf of my society for not taking more care in the process by which the cow became my burger.
It was a weird moment, if I’m honest, but it was one in which God taught me a thing or two about His heart. God is a being marked by kindness, compassion, tenderness, and mercy. And that mercy is so great, that it can’t help but flow forth to His creation – and not just the human creation, but the animals too. And when God made man in His image so that they might “rule” over the earth (Genesis 1:26), he intended our rule to be one that looked much like his own – marked by kindness and overflowing with mercy.
I don’t tell this story to suggest that Christians should run around hugging trees, but I do wish to say that the compassion and mercy of God within us should be evident not only in our dealings with one another, but with all of creation. Our societal consumerism programs us to see all of creation (people, animals, and nature alike) as objects for our use and consumption. But God did not intend things to be this way. So, as we go through our day today, may we look at the squirrel and the bee and the tree anew. May we care for and appreciate all life around us the way our Heavenly Father does.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your kindness and gentleness and compassion from which I benefit everyday. Open my eyes to see all life around me the way You do. Help my heart to be so full of your kindness and compassion that it marks my dealings with all that You’ve created.
Bible Reading for Today: Genesis 26-27