And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31 ESV)
God looked at his creation and said that it was very good. The world he created, the trees and plants, animals and insects, and even humans were a part of this “very good”. As Christians we do a good job of trying to bring the human part of creation back to the “very good” that God was talking about. We tell people about Jesus with the hope that they will put their faith in him. Our hope is that they may enter into the relationship with God that Adam and Eve had before the fall.
What we sometimes forget is that nature was also considered “very good” in God’s eyes. With this in mind, we tend to neglect the proper upkeep and care of nature. How many times have you been told it is your job as a Christian to protect the Earth from human destruction in a sermon? Probably never. Your first thought coming to your mind after the last two sentences might be “tree-huggers”.
In Romans 1:20 we learn that the creation God made shows his eternal power and divine nature. If this is the case, wouldn’t we want this creation to look the best for those who aren’t followers of Jesus? Do we want generations after us to look at a barren Earth with no hope on it and to think what kind of God would make this? Look around you today and thank God for the creation of nature. Let it bring to your remembrance his power and divinity. Let that spur you on to do the little you can to protect it, and to keep it clean.
Sometimes we forget that nature was also considered “very good” in God’s eyes. Let us remember today the blessings God has given us, and our ability and duty to protect every last one of them.