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?
- 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).
- We hope together. “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God “(Romans 8:19).
- 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).
- We suffer together. “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Romans 8:22).
- 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).