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GOD’S WORD FOR NOVEMBER 25 ~ ~ Romans 8:20-21~ ~ “ For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope, because the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

When the first man, Adam, sinned and plunged this world into disease, rot and death, creation was plunged into the darkness along with mankind. But, at the end, when God creates the new heavens and new earth, and satan is in the lake of fire, creation will be renewed when those who trusted Jesus Christ for salvation will be resurrected with a perfect body to match the perfect world. Creation will again be perfect as it was in the garden in the beginning. That is what the verse above is referring to.

But even though creation is in darkness and death, God hasn’t forgotten it. He guards and guides each animal, mineral, and plant creation. All is in His will. He guides their times, gives them their food, and knows the time of each one’s death, as he tells us in Matthew 10:29

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.”

When penicillin was first used as an antibiotic, it was considered a wonder drug. Infections which had been fatal for thousands of years were all of a sudden curable.

Man has long known that some natural substances have a natural ability to fight infection. But modern medicine had to step aside and acknowledge that not all medical breakthroughs are made by doctors – or even human beings!

For years it has been known that the roots and leaves of the Aspilia shrub are used as a traditional African treatment for wounds and stomachaches. Researchers also observed chimpanzees swallowing the leaves of the shrub. This led them to investigate more about the leaves. They learned that Aspilia leaves and roots contain a chemical which kills some infectious bacteria as well as fungi and worms. Researchers hope to learn whether this chemical is safe and effective for humans when taken orally.

However, the mystery remains. How did the chimps discover the antibiotic nature of Aspilia? Of course it was their Creator, Who has given the chimps this knowledge. For while disease and death are not part of His original design for the creation, He was loving enough to provide medicinal help for these consequences of human sin. But the permanent cure for sin and death began with the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. Are you FULLY trusting Him and Him alone?

Ps 50:10-11 ~ ~ “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
 I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine”

Ps 147:9 ~ ~ “It is He who gives an animal its food, And feeds young ravens that cry.”

Job 39:1 ~ ~ “Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young? Or can you mark when the deer gives birth?”

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