Dave Kier is a business owner in western Iowa in the agriculture sector. IBEC Ventures is blessed to have Dave as a board member. He contributes much wisdom and hard work to IBEC, as well as demonstrating what “Business as Ministry” really is. He writes daily devotionals for members of his family and his employees. Here is a recent one which may bless you as it did me. — Larry W. Sharp
“.. and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 1:28b NASB®
Don’t you just love this time of year? The cool nights, the trees turning yellowish gold, the shadows becoming long, dragon flies zooming about, the birds congregating – it’s a grand time of the year. Soon the wondrous time of harvest will be in full swing as farmers see the fruit of their labor and the result of God’s majestic creation as one seed replicates itself many times over. As I look over the sea of corn and soybeans maturing in fields carefully tilled by the farmers, I have a sense of pride in what good stewards they are over the land God created.
Do you realize that when the creation story begins, it begins stating the earth was “formless and void” or in the Hebrew this means it was a wasteland or literally, a garbage dump? Yet because of His great love for us, He made it beautiful and productive and He allowed a lesser being than the angels, mankind or you and I, to manage His wonderful creation. What an awesome privilege — but what a responsibility — to manage the property of the King of Kings. Yet, since the day man gave way to temptation, man has the tendency to get his role mixed up. Many a person succumbs to the temptation of thinking he is the owner and not the manager. Instead of managing to give God the glory some exalt themselves thinking they are more than they are.
You know, I don’t mind being the manager or the steward over what He has entrusted to me. I believe it’s a great plan that He is the owner and I work for Him. There is no better “boss” to work for. Oh, and by the way, our Heavenly Father is not an absentee landlord. He is ever present. Manage well this week!
“Thank you Lord for this beautiful world you made for us. Thank you for entrusting to us the privilege of managing your land but more so the time and talents you have given us.”