Bible verses about nature give a better understanding of God’s beautiful creations. It’s such a great time to reflect on how we are called to protect all of which He has created.
When was the last time you were once again struck by the fact that God made you? When was the last time you thought about trees, lakes, rabbits, birds, and mountains and were struck by the fact that God made them too?
God thought of everything when He created us. He gave us antibodies to protect us from sickness. He fashioned our bodies to function well in this world. And look at everything we can do! God enabled us to achieve our full potential. Let’s dive into the Bible and see what He has done with nature.
10 Bible Verses About Nature in the Old Testament
Nature is all around us and is crucial to our survival. So let us see what the Bible says about it.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”
The way God created a lot of things can be intimidating. Imagine the moon, the stars, the sun, the various gases all around us. How can one fail to be amazed by all that God has created?
“Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.”
The Lord God Almighty deserves to be praised for everything He has done and continues to do to us and for us, the ones He created.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
We might be familiar with Job and all the sufferings and losses he went through. In the end, he asked God why this was happening to him. God answered him by telling him to look at how great His creations are. If He can do all this, then we can trust that He is always doing what is best for us.
“How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.”
Nature is amazing. It is made up of billions and billions of life and yet it seems to live and breathe as one. God truly is amazing.
“He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth.”
All of God’s creation is connected. We are all connected. Each one is needed for our survival. No one is above the other.
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”
Every life in this world is given by God. Some Bible scholars even say that when God created life on earth, He gave us all a piece of Himself. And that piece of God enables us to live in this world.
“The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the excellency of our God.”
The glory of God calls for singing and celebration. The greatness of God and His victory are shown in how everything is created and how everything works smoothly like a well-oiled machine.
“You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.”
The vastness and grandeur of nature can bring us to our knees and worship its Creator.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
There is nothing in this world that truly belongs to us. It all belongs to God, even us, our lives. Only the One who made everything and gave life to them can be the owner of everything.
3 Bible Verses about Nature in the New Testament
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”
God did not create us and then left us to fend for ourselves. God is still there taking care of our needs. He takes care of the needs even of the tiniest of creatures because He loves us.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
Being able to grasp the magnitude of the power and might of God would be next to impossible if there are no mountains that boast their might. We would have no way of hearing the whispers of the Lord God if there are no rustling of the leaves of trees. Nature helps us get to know God and experience Him better.
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together.”
Nothing is above God. We have been given remarkable intelligence and we have created wonders using it. He created everything, and everything in this world exists because of Him.
What Does the Bible Say About Nature?
We are not the only living creatures here on earth. All we have to do is to look around to see some of them. We know that there is lots and lots of life here with us although, perhaps sometimes, our views are obstructed by tall buildings and blinding lights and we tend to forget or dismiss that fact. Still, the fact remains that they are out there.
How should Christians interact with nature?
Sadly, a lot of Christians do not even interact with nature. Some say that humans are more important than nature so we should focus on saving souls rather than saving wildlife from the loss of their natural habitat. Or sharing the Good News is more important than saving hundreds of species going extinct at an alarming rate.
Leading souls to God and sharing the Good News are indeed important tasks that God has given us. However, Genesis 2:15 tells us that God has entrusted us with the care of our fellow creations. Humans were created on the last day. Why? Because we cannot live without any of them.
We cannot live without light, water, land, trees, fish, birds, and other animals. Each of us, God’s creations, has a role to play. We may not understand it all the time, but each one of us is important.
We are not the only ones that should be valued. Some studies even say that life in this world would go on smoothly even without us humans, but we definitely cannot live without all the other things that God created. It is only right to say, then, that as part of being good Christians and as part of fulfilling God’s will, we also have to take care of God’s creation.
What part does nature play in our faith?
Nature gives us a glimpse of God’s nature. Who is God? Dragon-blood trees, Baobab trees, Thorny dragons, and Babirusa can all tell us that our God is creative beyond human comprehension. He created all this! God put a lot of care into creating everything.
Nature helps us know God better. If we want our faith and our relationship with God to grow, we have to know Him better. This is why we read the Bible, why we pray, and why we attend Christian gatherings. We want to know God better.
Our experiences tell us who God is. We know God is a healer because He healed us once or twice or maybe hundreds of times. We know God is our parent because He cares for us and provides for us like a good parent.
And yet, there are still so many sides to God that we do not know yet. Maybe one way of getting to know Him better is to connect with other creations and experience His presence, power, and love through them.
3 Bible Verses About God’s Creation
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Before there was any order and balance in the world, God was there. He envisioned each tree, each fish of the sea, each of us, and saw the best that we can be.
“God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”
God created the world in the best state it can be. He made sure life was possible on sea, land, and air. God made the diversity of life in the world possible. He looked at everything and He saw that it was good.
“It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.”
Like an artist taking credit and pride in his work, God declares that He is the source of everything.
3 Bible Verses About Nature Revealing God
“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you, and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?”
Some things about God can best be learned through everything He has created. God’s power, might, and creativity can be seen in nature.
“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
Nature does not communicate the way we do. Animals use different sounds. Plants rustle their leaves. We have different ways of communicating and expressing ourselves, but it does not mean that nature does not praise God. God created all of us, and nature along with us expresses worship in different ways.
“This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown.”
Before everything came to be, God was there. He is the source of everything in and out of our world. He created the heavens, galaxies, stars, and everything out there.
3 Bible Verses About Protecting the Environment
“The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.”
What we have done and continue to do to nature and the world, in general, is saddening even disappointing. Another sad thing is the fact that everything we do has a consequence that will surely come.
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God put us in charge of our fellow creations. This does not mean that we are greater than them though. This means that we were given everything we need through nature, but we also have the responsibility of taking care of everything.
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
The chapter of Genesis 1 is all about the creation of the world. But, it also shows us how God entrusted the care of everything He created, from birds of the heavens to fish of the sea to wild animals. God created us in His image with the same love for everything He created so that we could take care of His creation.
Stewardship of Nature in the Present Day
The earth is not in a very good place these days. We have all kinds of pollution, our oceans are rapidly turning into oceans of garbage, our sea levels are rising because of melting ice, and so much more. We have a lot of problems and it can get overwhelming most of the time. It is paralyzing, but it does not mean that we should not move.
We have to keep in mind that God saw everything He created as good. Let us go back to John 3:16. The verse tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His Son for our salvation. The verse did not say that God so loved humans or that God so loved Christians. God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus here to save us. ALL of us.
We do not have to go up to the mountains or join protests and boycotts. We do not have to throw our lives and our other obligations as Christians just to be good stewards of nature. Here are some practical ways we can help save nature.
Plants and trees are crucial to our survival. We can take care of indoor plants if we do not have a big backyard. We can also plant herbs, fruit-bearing trees, and shrubs, and save money while helping save nature.
We use electricity 24/7. We rely on it now to live. Hospitals would not function without it. Our economy would crash. We cannot remove it from our lives at this point so what we can do is be responsible for it. Unplug anything and everything that you are not using or that you do not need for the time being. As long as our appliances are plugged in, they are consuming electricity, and a lot of the process that we use to generate electricity is harmful to nature.
We have to be wise in how we use water. Never waste any water. We can even reuse water by using the water we used to wash our vegetables to water our plants for example.
Reduce the use of paper
Paper exists because trees have been cut down. Cutting trees exposes us to a lot of danger like landslides, floods, and way too much carbon dioxide in the air. Reducing our use of paper or even going paperless would lower the demand for more trees being cut down.
Use reusable bags
The use of plastic bags has become a huge part of the plastic waste problem. Reducing our use of plastic bags by switching to jute bags and other reusable materials could go a long way.
Another simple thing we can do to help is to make sure that our trash goes to trash cans. We can recycle or even upcycle. We can stop wasting food. There are so many ways to take care of nature. If all of us do our God-given tasks of taking care of nature, we would make a world of difference.
Taking care of nature is part of our obligation as Christians. God has provided us with everything we could ever need through His creation and it is our job to make sure that they are taken care of. It is not hard to do so. God gave us this task because He trusts us. He is confident that we can do this. Let us not let Him down.
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