The world we live in is a very beautiful place. From the vastness of the highest of mountain ranges to the smallest, tiniest, flower or insect.
People all through the centuries have stood in awe and wonder and have been overwhelmed at what they experience.
But people have also stood in sadness and mourning at what they have lost. Vast areas of the world are being destroyed, through the greed and self-interest of some in our society today. And is becomes more noticeable when it happens on our own doorstep.
We sometimes fail to have the same concern, when it affects another part of our world, but for people who live ‘there’, it’s their world, their mountains, their gardens and parks, their lakes, their seas, in their neighbourhood.
So, what does God expect of us, as stewards of this world to which He has entrusted us. Stewards for the small amount of time each of us have on this earth, that we can then pass on to future generations.
Sometimes a precious heirloom is passed to us from a loving parent or grandparent. Something of great value, worth treasuring and respecting. Something we in turn will pass on to our children or grandchildren. Think about how hurt they would be, if we destroyed it or devalued it or deliberately harmed it.
As God’s children, He has left us a very precious heirloom. It has been passed down from one generation to another. That is the earth He has blessed us with to live in and enjoy.
But if we do not value it or respect it or treasure it, then it will be destroyed and we will having nothing to pass on to the next generation.
If we truly love the Lord with every part of our being and everything that we have, then we will also love His creation which He considered to be “very good” (Genesis 1:31).
In the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to pray that the perfectness of heaven would also be upon this earth – “Thy kingdom come, Thy will we done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
There is no pain or suffering or death in heaven (Revelation 21:4), yet we have caused a great deal of it here on the earth to each other, to the animals and to the environment. Have we not for too long, prayed empty words.
The whole of creation is suffering because of the evil in this world.
The physical world is suffering; the animals are suffering, and we are suffering.
And we humans are the ones who caused it, and continue to cause it. But we also have the power and the ability to stop doing what we are doing, and make restitution and bring renewal in so many different ways. We have been called to protect the world and the environment around us.
The weather, plants, and animals are all part of the environment God created on the earth.
Bible verses speak of every part of the environment honouring God and operating according to his plan:
“Say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns.’ The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. 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. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.”
“The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”
The time has come to honour the Lord. To honour the world and the environment that He has established. To honour each other, so far as in we will have something of great value to pass on to the next generation to enjoy and appreciate as we have.
Rev. Elizabeth Cairns