Good afternoon! Today we wrapped up our five-week series on the Fingerprints of God, and today we talked about how we see the fingerprints of God in the creation and existence of animals!

We started in Genesis, with chapter 1, verses 26 through 28…
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

We dove into the Psalms a little bit today too, and there is just some incredible encouragement to be found in Psalm 36:5-7. It reads…
“5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

Here’s an excerpt from Job 12, where Job is being made a laughing stock, but he tells us that the animals are still pointing to the existance of God, and Job stood firm and praised God through all the trials and tribulations that he experienced. 

“I have become a laughingstock to my friends,
    though I called on God and he answered—
    a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!
Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune
    as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.
The tents of marauders are undisturbed,
    and those who provoke God are secure—
    those God has in his hand.[a]

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
    and the breath of all mankind.
11 Does not the ear test words
    as the tongue tastes food?
12 Is not wisdom found among the aged?
    Does not long life bring understanding?

Our word of the day today was animal related, and it was diurnal‘! (Adj, [dahy-ur-nl]
In the animal world, this word means active by day, as certain birds and insects’
To see the rest of the definitions, check out Dictionary.com’s definition here!

I left you today with the encouragement of Matthew 10:29-31…
“29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

As always, thanks for listening, and have a great day!
-Lilly

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