Don’t you just hate those greetings, you know, the ones when you open your refrigerator and find your favorite food has a substance growing on it, “Hello..”
Good bye… so we toss it. Yet while we do so wisely, often this attitude of waste permeates much of the rest of our lives. But if we have enough, isn’t some waste harmless? I think it is reasonable to consider. I can think of no greater example about it than from the Lord Himself.
In John 6:12 we read; So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
He had just fed 5000, and yet was concerned about the fragments. I doubt in a monetary scheme that those fragments had too much value. Was this a way for Him to display His attitudes towards waste? Or was it simply a display of one of the attributes of God, in action? Both are true, it is both His attitude and His attributes we see on display. How do we see this displayed? At its’ core we see God in His redemptive plan. When creation itself was cursed by mankind’s sin, God couldn’t say “let the entire creation be destroyed”, I know many well meaning Christians think He could, but would not that negate His attribute of mercy, and His desire to “restore all things”, opposite of letting it go to waste, and just throwing it away. Clearly from the very beginning of the Bible we see someone who saves all things, not just people.
Waste isn’t something that you just throw away, quite often its merely a misuse of the resources God has faithfully supplied us. I can attest to this. Yet this is an area we all grapple with. It comes down to using our resources exclusively for our own benefits without regard to others. Selfishness. Sometimes we give little thought to what we have and how we should use it, yet God keeps track and tests the hearts. What He gives us is meant for our good, not primarily for a cushy life, but that we might become like Him, generous, given to hospitality.
Stop to consider just for a moment just how minute a detail God keeps track of, nothing wasted.
Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Attention to detail unlike this world has seen. Can you imagine the likes of it? To actually do this for every person ever born? You begin to appreciate who God is. Finally, let’s consider one more…
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?
Look at the care of the Lord for His own, He knows how many times you turned in your sleep. But not only that, He even saved your tears in His bottle. Perhaps this is merely an expression to show the level of care for His own. But I know God, He does things in a big way, one day I may see His bottle, placed on display for all to see, its’ brilliance may surpass objects near it, for they are the tears of the saints of God. They represent the sacrifice, heartaches, persecutions, shame, reproach, and death, all borne for the Savior. Do you think that would bring God glory?