CONCEPT

"AND GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD"

In the beginning God made everything beautiful. The universe, the earth, the trees and animals of all sizes and colors including birds and butterflies were wonderfully made. Of

this creation, the Bible declares that, “God saw that it was good” (Genesis

1:4,10).



David, the

psalmist, who experienced the awe of the majesty and glory of God in nature

testified of this reality in the following way:

“The heavens

declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after

day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is

no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into

all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has

pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his

pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of

the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its

heat” (Psalm 19:1-6; NIV).



While it is true that God’s creation in our world

today is marred and affected by sin, the fact is that nature still speaks of

the wisdom and power of God as Creator. It is a statement of fact that nature,

with all of it’s unique design, was created for the glory of the Maker and for

our enjoyment. In this sense, we

see an expression of God’s love and care in the natural environment that

surrounds us daily. This is a

general revelation of God. It

makes the statement that He is both Creator and Owner of everything.



And yet, above ground on this active volcanic landmass, one can see green ground cover spotted with colorful wild flowers, gentle thermal streams, snow and ice, and picturesque waterfalls. In many ways, I felt as if I were experiencing, first hand, the creative acts of God."

Volcanoes

and Vegetation are Good

In a visit to

Iceland for the Trans-European Advisory for treasurers, stewardship ministries

and trust services directors in 2012, my spirit was moved as I looked out on

the vast open spaces and contrasting landscapes displaying fresh remains of

volcanic activity. In fact, there were still tremors and small earthquakes

being registered many miles below ground while we were there. Even today the possibility of future

volcanic eruptions is very real. And yet, above ground on this active volcanic

landmass, one can see green ground cover spotted with colorful wild flowers,

gentle thermal streams, snow and ice, and picturesque waterfalls. In many ways, I felt as if I were

experiencing, first hand, the creative acts of God. These were the expressions

of God’s mind and grace. As a steward, I can only say that, “God made all these

things beautiful.” He saw that

this land was good.



Waterfalls

and Rainbows are Good

While visiting our

church members and the local congregation near Victoria Falls, on the border of

Zimbabwe and Zambia, in May 2012, I was privileged to hear and see the largest

curtain of water in the world thundering down the gorge. What amazed me about

this wonder of nature, was the volume and the power of the water as it rushes

through this part of the Zambezi River and down into the gorge. It was an

incredible scene to behold. As a matter of fact, we heard the deafening roar of

the water crashing down the falls many meters away, long before we were able to

see the falls. At about the same time, we also experienced a cool and

refreshing shower from the mist generated by the falls carried on the breeze

coming from the direction of the Zambezi Gorge. This was a moment to savor and

remember. As I was clicking away

on the camera, trying to capture this amazing display of water-power, there,

right above the falls, was another expression of God’s presence and promise—a

rainbow in the mist. In the language of the Bible, “God saw that it was good.”



Rainforests

and Sand Dunes are Good

And so as I reflect

on these varied scenes and sounds, not to mention those also of the Amazon

rainforest of South America and the sand dunes of the United Arab Emirates in

Dubai, I’m just in awe of this great Master Designer who made all of these

things so different and yet so beautiful. At the same time, I am also reminded,

and indeed challenged that as a Christian steward, I’m called to protect and

care for these natural resources of the earth for the benefit and enjoyment of

others to follow. This is a critical aspect of Biblical stewardship.

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