In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light;' and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Without God is nothingness: a formless void. But He is The Creator, and The Creator creates. Therefore, He made all life that we know and more that we don't.
God made the earth, air, water, soil, plants, animals, fish and birds. He made the sun to give them life. He made man and gave him dominion over it all. He told us to 'Fill the earth and govern it' (Genesis 1:28). He offered us a flourishing and self-sustaining environment. Then He put us in charge.
As the 'Lion King' sings, it was the circle of life. Earth was not perfect, because the gate closed on the Garden of Eden. Outside was enmity. The friendly relations God intended among men, plants and animals slithered away on the back of a snake.
Instead of following God, we followed Satan and began stealing, killing and destroying.
Which is why all of creation 'Has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time' (Romans 8:22), and 'Waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed... in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God' (Romans 8:19-21).
God designed nature to feed, cover and entertain His children: to keep us busy and fruitful. But with our fall, nature has become both terrible and wonderful.
Of interest: Romans 8:19-22 are verses debated by history's famous theologians.* Many of them lived between the 15th and 19th centuries. What did God mean by the whole of creation groaning in bondage to decay?
Our 21st century earth brings revelation: the earth, air, water, soil, plants, animals, fish and birds are polluted in a massive way. Our children can hardly eat, drink or breathe anything pure. We have changed our relationship with the sun by the destruction of our atmosphere.
Only our relationship with The Son can restore us--not only our own health and purpose, but also the health and purpose of God's other creations.
Children of God: Have you fulfilled their hope? Or have you turned your back on the flagrant contamination of our planet and the gross mishandling of our animals?
To Be Continued...
*Matthew Henry (Matthew Henry's Commentary) lived from 1662-1714. John Gill (Gill's Exposition) lived from 1697-1771. Albert Barnes (Barnes Notes on the Bible) lived from 1798-1870. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown published their Bible commentary in 1871.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Chain of Command series.