We hear a lot these days about such things as global warming, nuclear winter, and polluted air and water. What is our role in all of this? Can the environment be protected and used at the same time? What are the guidelines for wise management? How will it all turn out? The Bible gives us God’s perspective regarding creation and our roll in it.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1, NLT
God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.”\ Genesis 1:28, NLT
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. All your life you will sweat to produce food.” Genesis 3:17-19, NLT
Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God’s curse. All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. Romans 8:20-21, NLT
And God has also commanded that the heavens and the earth will be consumed by fire on the Day of Judgment.
We are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world where everyone is right with God. 2 Peter 3:13, NLT
The Bible proclaims that a renewed earth will emerge from the fires of God’s judgment. In the meantime we are given the responsibility to carefully manage the resources at hand. Be good to the earth, not because it’s our mother, but because it’s the home we are to care for. Act wisely, but remember, God is in control of his creation.