Lesson 5: Environment
This week’s topic is about Environment and some of the very first things that might storm your mind are lush green forests, deep blue oceans, colorful flowers, amazing animals etc. I looked up the meaning on dictionary.com website and this is what environment is defined as – “the aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences;”
The word of God says – “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” Psalms 24:1
For people who don’t recall the creation story…the verse above is a solid proof of this earth being created and owned by the Almighty True God. Even though this earth belongs to God, it was designed and created for us Human beings. It is amazing to know that, even before mankind was created…God thought about us humans and set the stage of the world with absolute perfection in every corner of this planet.(Reminds me of a verse – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;” Jeremiah 1:5)
God created this entire planet for us humans to enjoy and be blessed with. Everything in the Garden of Eden was meant to complement and provide the nourishment we need. It was also a responsibility given to us to take care of this planet. We can know that for sure by this verse – “…God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” Genesis 1:28.
Yes, sin changed the whole state of this environment, but that doesn’t in any way defy the truth of God’s marvelous handiworks that can be still visible throughout this earth.
There is a very famous saying, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’. In other words this can also be expressed as stewardship. Unfortunately, our human race has failed terribly when it comes to being a good steward of nature. Now I am not talking only about those billion dollar companies that are involved in exploiting the natural resources of this earth, I am talking about each and every individual (including myself) who tend to take the responsibility of caring for the nature for granted. It starts with simple things like not wasting water, recycling, planting more trees etc. Small things do count.
This planet is our home and when God gave it to us, it was perfect. Just because sin exists doesn’t mean that we can blame it all on Satan. We still have the power to make a difference.
Would you give up on your relationship with Jesus Christ, just because sin exists…I doubt that. Likewise, we should never take our responsibility of caring for the environment and nature for granted. Let us pay attention to small day to day things through which you can protect and care for this wonderful planet earth.
May be you can start by a simple act of not wasting water when you brush your teeth (or) remembering to recycle paper and save paper by printing on both sides, etc…Its time for you to pick something that will help you be a good steward of God’s gift of nature.