Have you heard of the fascinating saguaro (sa-WAHR-o) cactus? Its botanical name, Carnegiea gigantea (in honor of Andrew Carnegie), means gigantic candle. The saguaro is the largest cactus in the USA, commonly reaching a height of 12 metres (40 feet) and an age of up to 200 years. Some have even reached 70+ feet! It is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, USA, the Mexican State of Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California, USA. The saguaro blossom is the state wildflower of Arizona. You can read more here and on Wikipedia. There’s much we can learn from God’s creation. During precipitation the plant soaks in the rainwater and visibly expands. The water is preserved and used very sparingly. The plant provides shelter and water to birds and insects of the area.
God is the incomparable Creative Genius and Master Builder. He created everything by the Logos – the Eternal Word, Himself God – Jesus Christ.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:1, 3.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:19.
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36.
The Lord is our shelter and He nourishes us.
“The poor and needy seek water, but there is none,
Their tongues fail for thirst.
I, the Lord, will hear them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will open rivers in desolate heights,
And fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
And the dry land springs of water. – Isaiah 41:17, 18 (cf. Psalm 107:35).
We have the Fountain of Living Water to nourish us. Jeremiah 2:13; John 4:14. Due to the uncertainty of life and inevitability of physical death, we need to drink deep, long, and often from the Fountain of Life so that we may remain fully nourished and able to endure the famine for God and His word that is currently sweeping the world. We need to hold out the promise of spiritual nourishment and life to a generation that has turned its back on God and who brazenly say, “You are doing your cause no good by quoting from the Bible since nobody cares for it.” The gap of alienation from God is widening! Confronted with the word of God, they mock us. They are really mocking God since it’s His word they are rejecting.
As lights of the world (Matthew 5:14), we are under obligation to God to present (hold up) Jesus Christ as the all-sufficient Provision to a spiritually lost and dying world. In the face of stiff hostility, we have to tell everyone that provision for reconciliation, nourishment, and life is available in Jesus Christ.
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.