In Jeremiah 23:10 this short phrase jumped out at me
because of the curse the land mourns
It reminded me of the truth that not only are we subject to the curse of the fall, but so is creation. You can see the devastation of this on a grand scale all the time - hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires. It's also there in a smaller scale - disease, winter rot, infestation.
Yet, at times creation is absolutely breathtaking. Again, on a grand scale we see Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. On a smaller scale we see the sunset, a rainbow, a majestic mountain, and on and on.
When I see the beauty of God's creation after the fall, it makes me wonder what it must have been like before the fall, and what the New Earth will be like after Christ's return. It will be beyond spectacular!
I also see hope in the beauty of God's creation. Though flawed, it is still beautiful, and it speaks to the hope of what creation, and we, will be in the perfection of eternity.
It is interesting, too, how much creation plays into the second coming, as we see in our NT passage.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Jeremiah 24-26; Matthew 25:1-30