Food for ThoughtProverbs 27:23 Animals
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living. True Christian living requires us to live according to Kingdom standards which bring Heaven to earth

By Marni Montanez

Proverbs 27:23 New Living Translation   

23. Know the state of your flocks,  and put your heart into caring for your herds,

As Christians, there is very little concern in the way of acknowledging animals and their welfare.   Our role in this arena is virtually non-existent.    We have numerous prayer groups that target human beings and a desire for cruelty to stop against humans.  It is a small number of those who pray for animals on a consistent bases. 

God did not put this verse in the bible just to fill the Bible up.  He did so because of His great heart for animals.  

God creates nothing without love and when He created animals this was part of His expression of love. To Him all that He created is good. 

Genesis 1:31 New International Version   

31. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Nothing is left out regarding what God calls "good" of His creation.  The animals were included in the "all".  They were a good thing to God. 

The Bible has many verses that point to taking care of God's animals and treating them well. 

In this verse God is instructing the shepherds to be mindful of those who are under their care.   God gave us the earth and called us to take care of it; this also included the animals.  

God even calls those "godly", who care for His animals.. Proverbs 12:10 New Living Translation   

10. The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel. 

God specifically created animals because He only creates what is good.    He envelopes them with His great love and compassion.   He always intended for human beings to be kind, loving and compassionate toward animals.  

Challenge:  As Christians we are to pray for the animals on the earth.  Millions are suffering from cruelty by humans right now.  Get involved in taking care of animals whether it is in your home or donating or signing petitions.   We need to be more involved in God's heart toward animals.   

God bless


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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.