“You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.” vs. 9
It’s possible to look at the earth and use science to explain how it has gradually evolved into the beautiful productive planet that we call home. And it’s true…there is an explanation for every change and development in our environment, a natural cause for everything that brings us such delight. And because this is true, some have then logically concluded that there is no need for God in our reasoning or our thinking. Still, there are countless others, including scientists, who say that this is only part of the story, and that much more remains to be said. They point to the interdependence of all things on earth and beyond, the subtle connections that bind every plant and animal together, the amazing provision for the mind-boggling proliferation of species. This is what the psalmist saw as he described the world more than two thousand years ago. He didn’t know all the scientific stuff, but he believed beyond any doubt that the providing hand of God lay behind the abundance that we enjoy. Such knowledge provides the impetus for careful, mindful living on the part of humanity. Delicate balances can easily be upset and the environment badly damaged. And even though we know the earth will certainly survive anything that humans do to it, it would be nice if we could continue to enjoy it.
Thought for the Day: Why is earth such an amazing place?