We sing the hymn, “This Is My Father’s World.”  Let me just remind you of the first verse which is:  “This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ear, all nature sings and round me rings, the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world, I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.”

  The sentiment is lovely but this world as we know it is NOT my Father’s world.  I mean by that, what God brought into being, created from the beginning, is not what we have now.  God’s world was one of perfect harmony between God and man.  God walked and talked with His people. No sin, no shame, no killings, no hate existed in what God intended for His world to be. But, the Fall came, sin entered the picture as man disobeyed God.   God told His people, “don’t eat” and they ate.  Disruption between God and man commenced and has continued ever since.  Man has continually yielded to fleshly appetites seeking to satisfy their own desires.  It is the influence of the Devil in man that brings about the hurts and heartaches between people.  Selfishness is the basic sin.

  People wonder about the terrible tragedy in Connecticut leaving 20 first grade children and seven adults dead.  Rest assured that none of that was of God.  Such a things would not happen in God’s world.  God said through Paul, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we  ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”  Romans 8:22-23
The 11th chapter of Hebrews calls the people of God, aliens and strangers on earth.  “Instead they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”  Hebrews 11:16    Remember the words of Hebrews 13:14: “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.”

  I prefer this song:  “This World Is Not My Home.”  Read the words:
“This world is not my home, I’m just passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.  The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.
They’re all expecting me and that’s one thing I know, my savior pardoned me and now I onward go.  I know He’ll take me through though I am weak and poor and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.
Just up in Glory Land we’ll live eternally, the Saints on every hand are shouting victory.  Their songs of sweetest praise drifts back from Heaven’s shore and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.
O Lord you know I have no friend like you, if Heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do?  The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

Jesus said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”  Mark 8:36


  1. Max , thank you for this one. I am so glad I know where my HOME is !! You bless so many with these devotionals.
    My prayer is that God will continue to bless you so that you can continue to bkess others with these words from your heart
    Love you, Joann

  2. One of my favorite songs as well. I remember my dear mother singing it with the “Singing Seniors” at Westside.

  3. I had to share this one,Thank you for such an insight to this song!Well,two songs !So glad to be able to receive these devotions each week!!

  4. I have always liked the song “This is My Father’s World”. Some days when it is so beautiful and sunny, I am filled with gratitude for the beauty of creation (every facet of it, from the trees and flowers, insects, all critters, and of course humans…so much variety). And then I am reminded that even with all the beauty around us, even creation as we see it is in a fallen state. I can’t even imagine how much more beautiful it will be some day in eternity. Sure gives us something to look forward to – spending eternity with Christ and enjoying His presence and his beautiful unblemished creation.

    Thank you Max.

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