For Believers Before Work, Part 3

April 28, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

Today, I finish my short devotional detour, in which Charles Wesley’s marvelous hymn, “For Believers Before Work” is our inspiration. Yesterday, we looked closely at the first three stanzas of this hymn. Today, we’ll be focusing on the last three. Tomorrow, we’ll return to Genesis.

For Believers Before Work, Part 2

April 27, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, I explained that I’m taking a short, three-day detour from Genesis in order to share a wonderful hymn about God and work. “For Believers Before Work,” also known as “Forth in Thy/Your Name,” was written by Charles Wesley in 1749. It offers a moving prayer of dedication to God as we think about and commence our daily work.

For Believers Before Work, Part 1

April 26, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

In the seven-plus years during which I have been writing daily devotions, I almost always work my way incrementally through a book of Scripture. These days, as you know, I’m moving slowly through Genesis. But, every now and then, I have interrupted my standard procedure to share with my readers something of unusual interest. I’m doing this today and for a couple more days as well. We’ll get back to Genesis on Wednesday.

A New Twist in the Story of Creation

April 25, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

Today, we encounter a new twist in the story of creation found in Genesis 1. Throughout the first twenty-five verses we have seen a fairly consistent narrative style. God says “Let there be” and whatever God has spoken comes into existence: light, dome, waters, vegetation, sun, moon, living creatures in sea and sky, living creatures on the earth.
But verse 26 breaks the pattern….

Did God Create Godzilla?

April 24, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

When I read Genesis 1:21 in the New Revised Standard Version, I must confess that something quickens inside of me. The fact that God created “the great sea monsters” awakens my boyhood fascination with monsters, especially the notorious King of the Monsters, Godzilla. Though devastatingly powerful on land, Godzilla was an ancient sea monster awakened by nuclear radiation. With fearsome might, he could break ships into bits or ravage Tokyo (which seemed to be his favorite pastime). The horrifying sight or iconic sound of Godzilla would send the crowds fleeing for their lives, hoping to avoid certain destruction.

Partners with the God of Peaches

April 23, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s devotion, we reflected on the fact that God created fruit, such as the delicious peaches grown in the Texas Hill Country. Every single peach from this region reflects God’s design and creative power. Yet, God does not work alone to grow peaches, though I suppose that wild peaches exist somewhere. The vast majority of peaches, however, including those grown in Texas, are the result of God’s creative power and plenty of human effort.

God of Peaches

April 22, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

When I read Genesis 1:11-12, I can’t help but think of my life in the Texas Hill Country. For seven years, my family and I lived in this beautiful region to the west of Austin and San Antonio. It features rolling hills, rocky outcroppings, winding rivers, and millions of oak trees. If you’ve never been to the Hill Country, I heartily recommend a visit.

God of Seeds, Part 2

April 21, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s devotion, we considered the implications of God’s creating plants that contain seeds. From small and apparently insignificant seeds grows fruitful and beautiful vegetation, such as bluebonnets in Texas.

I can’t move on from this consideration of seeds without making a connection to the New Testament.

God of Seeds, Part 1

April 20, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

In my plan for what I was going to write today, I was not going to talk about seeds. But, after I read Genesis 1:11-12, I sat back in my chair and lifted my eyes from the screen to reflect prayerfully on the text. There, in front of my eyes, were some of the most wonderful results of seeds that I have ever experienced. I’m talking about Texas bluebonnets. These flowers grow wild throughout Texas. Each year, they bloom in mid-spring, covering the fields and hills with a carpet of rich blue and white highlights. Until I moved to Texas, I had never seen anything like it. If ever there was even the slightest question about whether or not God enjoys beauty, bluebonnets ought to settle the argument in favor of divine delight.