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Better Together

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February 23, 2024 7:00 pm

Better Together

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February 23, 2024 7:00 pm

After another health setback, I feared the unknown and uncontrollable. One day, while reading a Forbes magazine article, I learned that scientists studied the rising of the “Earth’s rotation velocity” and declared that the Earth “wobbled” and is “spinning faster.” They said we “could require the first-ever ‘drop second’—the official removal of a second from global time.” Though a second doesn’t seem like much of a loss, knowing that the earth’s rotation could change seemed like a big deal to me. Even slight instability can make my faith feel wobbly. However, knowing God helps me trust that He’s in control no matter how scary our unknowns or how shaky our circumstances may seem.

In Psalm 90, Moses said, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (vv. 1–2). Acknowledging God’s unlimited power, control, and authority over all creation, Moses declared that time cannot constrain God (vv. 3–6).

As we seek to know more about God and the wonderful world He made, we’ll discover how He continues perfectly managing time and all He created. God can be trusted with every unknown and newly discovered thing in our lives too. All creation remains secure in God’s loving hands.

How does knowing God is in control of time and all creation help you trust Him when facing the unknown? How can you honor God with the time He’s entrusted to you today?

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

I'm Wynn Collier and I wrote today's piece titled Better Together. Sora and Solker spent years photographing starlings and their breathtaking spectacle. Murmurations. Where hundreds of thousands of starlings move in fluid motion across the sky. Watching this marvel is like sitting underneath an orchestrated swirling wave. Where a massive dark brush stroke flowing into a kaleidoscope of patterns. In Denmark they call this starling experience Black Sun.

Also the title of Solker's stunning book of photographs. Most remarkable is how starlings instinctively follow their nearest companion. Flying so close that if one were to miss a beat they'd suffer mass calamity. However starlings use murmurations to protect one another.

When a hawk descends these tiny creatures enter tight formation and move collectively. Beating back a predator who'd easily pick them off if they were alone. We're better together than we are alone. Two are better than one, Ecclesiastes says. If either falls down, one can help the other up. And if two lie down together, they will keep warm. Alone we're isolated and easy prey.

We're exposed without the comfort or protection of others. But with companions we give and receive help. Though one may be overpowered, Ecclesiastes says, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. We're better together as God leads us.

Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Ecclesiastes chapter 4 verses 9 to 12. Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Let's pray. Dear God, please help us commit to being in community and extending to one another your love. In Jesus' name, Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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