Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
Much emphasis is placed lately on the need to create eco-friendly, sustainable products for an ever-withering planet. A sustainable resource is defined as one that is renewed at the same speed it is used. The word derives from the Latin sustinere: sub, meaning "under," and tenere, meaning "to hold." We on earth are desperately seeking resources that will "hold us up," or sustain our planet, in the face of some scary forecasts.
The Bible speaks directly to this issue in several places. In fact, the Bible makes an extraordinary claim concerning sustainability. Jesus states in the Gospel of Matthew: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will not pass away." (Matthew 24:35, RSV). To a world that is decaying rapidly, Jesus shocks His audience by claiming that the Word of God is eternal, renewable, and sustainable. What does this mean?
God's words are our most sustainable resource; their riches cannot be depleted. The resources available to us in the Bible never run out. There is an endless supply of whatever we need: healing, provision, forgiveness, strength, love and power. And before you dismiss His words on this topic as referring only to spiritual things, take a look at these practical examples:
- Contaminated water becomes clean when the prophet, Elisha, casts salt into it (2 Kings 2:19-22).
- Jacob multiplies Laban's sheep and goats supernaturally, increasing his income (Genesis 30:25-43).
- Jesus turns water into wine, multiplies a loaf of bread to feed thousands, and produces tax money from the mouth of a fish. (John 2:1-11; Matthew 14:13-21; Matthew 17:27).
- Elijah is sustained in a time of drought by ravens & a brook (2 Kings 17:1-7)
- In the same drought, a widow's oil nearly runs out. Elijah gives her a strategy for supernatural reproduction that pays her debt and keeps her family alive in a time of economic distress.