Do you trust the Creator? Are you a good steward/caretaker of the things He created?
It’s impossible to turn on the news without hearing about the dangers of climate change. Reports about the deterioration of our atmosphere causing hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, earthquakes, and basically anything else that happens in nature.
I believe God created the world and He is able to sustain it for as long as He chooses. He alone is Lord of all creation.
I also believe in the fact that God wants us to be good stewards in caring for His creation. It’s important that we wisely use the resources He has given to us and do our best to carefully preserve all that nature holds.
The Bible has many accounts of the fact that God didn’t speak creation into existence and then just walk away. And one of those accounts can be found in Psalm 114…
The Red Sea saw them coming and hurried out of their way!Psalm 114:3–4, 7–8
The water of the Jordan River turned away.
The mountains skipped like rams,
the hills like lambs!
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob.
He turned the rock into a pool of water;
yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock.
God demonstrated His power over all of creation as He delivered the Children of Israel from Egypt and as He provided for them in the wilderness.
Here are just a few examples:
- He led them by day with a pillar of cloud and by night with a pillar of fire. (Exodus 14:19–20)
- He split the Red Sea and led them through on dry land. (Exodus 14:21–31)
- He made undrinkable bitter water drinkable at Marah. (Exodus 15:22–26)
- He gave the bread of manna and the meat of quail to eat in the desert. (Exodus 16)
- He brought water from a rock at Merebah. (Exodus 17:5–6)
- He called Moses to meet on Mt. Sinai with lightning and thunder. (Exodus 19)
- He stopped the flow of the Jordan River and the people crossed into the Promised Land on dry ground. (Joshua 3)
And when Jesus came to live among us, He demonstrated His power over creation as well.
- He turned water into wine. (John 2)
- He calmed the wind and waves of a terrible storm. (Psalm 107:23:31 and Mark 4:35–39)
- He fed 5000 with two fish and five loaves of bread. (Mark 6)
- He healed the sick and He raised the dead. (Matthew 14:14 and Luke 8:40ff)
- He Himself rose from the dead. (Mark 16:6)
God is the Lord of all creation…
In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.
In the beginning was [Jesus] the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1–3
Creation proclaims God’s glory…
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.Psalm 19:1–2
The skies display His craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make Him known.
And God assigned people the role of being stewards of His creation…
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.Genesis 2:15
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;Psalm 8:3–4a and 6
You have put all things under his feet.
I don’t believe God wants us to panic over “climate change.” I believe He wants us to do our very best to take care of every aspect of the world He created for us . . . to wisely use the natural resources He has given as a way of thanking and praising Him for who He is and all He has done.
A Prayer to Trust the Creator and Steward His Creation
Father, thank you for gifting us with such a beautiful place to live. And when I stop to think about the way our world is broken by sin, I can’t imagine how glorious Your new heaven and earth will be.
Today, I pause to think about the ways You miraculously used the things You created to protect Your children as You rescued them from slavery in Egypt and led them through the wilderness. You made everything we would need and it all still responds to every one of Your commands.
Please forgive us for not caring for this world the way You desire. We have failed to protect plants and animals, sea and sky, mountains and valleys. We have allowed waste to pile up and contaminates to pollute Your world. And yet, we are also guilty of worshipping creation rather than worshipping You, the Creator. Oh Lord, forgive us.
Please help us watch over all You have made. Like Adam, You want us to tend and care for this world. Make us good stewards of all the resources You give to us. Make us mindful of the effect our behaviors may have on future generations. May we show our love for You by caring for all of the many blessings You pour into our lives every single day. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
God is just as powerful today as He was when created the world and when the Children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt. He is able to use any and every part of what He has made to make His power known to us.
I believe He wants us to fully trust Him just as much as He wanted Wilderness Wanderers to trust Him. And I’m guessing He’d also like us to do it without all the whining.
So, let’s make a commitment to do our best to be the best stewards possible. Let’s use resources wisely, and treat everyone and everything He created with love and respect. And let’s pray to the Creator more than we panic over the climate.
God bless you as you trust in His creative power and steward His creation.
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