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Did You Know That We Are the Stewards of Nature?

Humans and nature have a relationship. God made that clear in Genesis 1:28:

God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’

The question is, what exactly is our relationship to nature?

  1. God created us both. “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 17:24).
  2. We hope together. “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God “(Romans 8:19).
  3. We praise God together. “Praise the Lord! Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all stars of light! Praise the Lord from the earth, sea monsters and all deeps; Mountains and all hills; beasts and all cattle; Kings of the earth and all peoples; Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted” (Psalm 148:1,3,7,9,10,11,13).
  4. We suffer together. “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Romans 8:22).
  5. God made man the steward of nature. “The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth He has given to the sons of men” (Psalm 115:16).

Humans stopped being responsible for the environment when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We stopped being good stewards of the earth when we allowed sin into the world.

This doesn’t mean that we should trash the environment. We need to maintain balance between caring for the environment and caring for people. I love nature and I’ve never seen an animal that I didn’t like. Loving and caring for the environment is the first task that God ever gave to man.

Remember that God’s #1 concern is with the souls of people – that’s you! So take good care of yourselves, girls!

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? (Matthew 6:26; 30).

 

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8 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by lizzylulz on February 18, 2012 at 16:34

    God said that we CAN eat meat. And it is good for you.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on February 13, 2012 at 13:36

    Jenn, could you maybe start some kind of a nature challenge for us? It doesn’t have to be like picking up trash, but maybe because spring is kind of on it’s way we could grow something special. I dunno. Like plant a God tree in our backyards or something like that?? I think that would be fun! 😀

  3. pinkpenguin318

    Posted by pinkpenguin318 on February 12, 2012 at 14:14

    Thanks for this reminder, Jen! A reminder that we are VERY important to God and that we were created to glorify HIM! 😀

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by shelby77 on February 9, 2012 at 20:06

    for my college major naext year i am going into environmental studies! i am also a vegetarian too! i am very eco-friendly =)

  5. Melissa218

    Posted by Melissa218 on February 9, 2012 at 18:12

    I personally have a diet with meat and other products 😀 i think whatever your diet is though, that we can all do our part to keep God’s creation beautiful ^_^

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by brennareads on February 9, 2012 at 16:08

    I live green by living a whole foods, all-natural plant-based diet. My family is totally vegan, and we love it! It’s very good for the earth! 😀

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by mskayallyn on February 9, 2012 at 15:59

    I’m vegetarian, and eating meat’s not bad, but by decreasing your meat consuming it could reduce your carbon foot print. Also I have a water reducing shower head, your can barely feel a difference 🙂 Also,there’s a water reducer you can put in your toilet to reduce some water there too 🙂 Just some ideas 🙂

  8. Paris

    Posted by Paris on February 9, 2012 at 15:31

    Good Job Jenn! Nature is so beautiful,and we should take care of it because God is pleased when we do. Love the last verse. He always takes care of me.