Lessons from nature

Spring is here. New growth is starting to appear – things that looked dead over winter are suddenly showing signs of life and there is a promise of colour, beauty, and food just ahead.

There is so much to say about God’s creation – so many analogies to consider, lessons to meditate on, things to be thankful for.

God created man to be integrally connected to the wider creation around him. Man was given authority over creation in the Garden of Eden and from the very beginning the land, and everything in it, was created for a purpose. Today mankind has significantly abused God’s creation so we seem to be working against it rather than with it. We have tampered with it so much that we – in our attempts to improve it – have only heaped more problems on ourselves in the form of chemicals, deforestation, raising animals unnaturally etc – and we reap what we sow!

We have moved so far from what God intended man’s relationship with nature to be, that we cannot fix it no matter how hard we try. It will take a complete clean up in the millennium for God’s creation to be in its full and perfect glory to be enjoyed by all mankind to the fullest extent. It is a wonderful prospect to know that “…the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose…” (Isa 35:1).

But what about now? Well, as I study the springtime progress of my garden, I can learn many wonderful lessons from our Creator God. I know that God speaks to us using many agricultural analogies – and because of that I feel that it is vitally important to live as close to nature as possible, to be able to relate better to these analogies.  He meant for us to live in close connection to the land around us, not contrary to it. He meant for us to live in harmony with nature, not against it. He speaks to us in the language of nature so that we might understand Him. How can we understand His analogies if we have no connection to nature, if we close our eyes to the beauty around us and enclose ourselves in a world of concrete and electronic gadgets, processed food and pharmaceuticals?

So, to conclude I want to focus on a few verses of God’s word that we should meditate on, so we can refocus our hearts and our minds on the beautiful natural world around us and let God teach us through His creation. And in extension we should remember our part in the whole creation and work with nature, not against it – honour God by taking care of His handiwork, as good stewards.

Please take the time to meditate on the small selection of verses below:

  • “The earth is the LORD’S, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.” Psalm 24:1
  • “Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?” Jer 2:21
  • The parable of the sower in Luke 8:4-8. Verse 11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
  • “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” James 1:18
  • “And even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Luke 3:9
  • “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isa 55:10-11
  • “Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’” Rev 14:14-15
  • “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth…Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.” Deut 28:1, 4-5
  • “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD: For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jer 17:7-8

What a beautiful study it is to look into the Bible and see God use His creation to teach us wonderful lessons, to inspire us, to motivate us and to reveal Himself to us!

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