Prof. Kimberly Lowry – “And It Was Good”
“God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground - everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…”- Genesis 1:28-31
When God breathed life into His perfect creation he was pleased because “it was very good.” He designed the world to perpetuate life for all time. Even after man’s corruption and the destruction of the earth, God made a new covenant with Noah, restoring creation and giving Noah and future generations dominion over it. Not only did God promise us the renewal of life but he entrusted us with its use and care. God rewarded Noah’s righteousness by putting him in charge of the plants and animals.
As children of God, it is our duty to maintain His wondrous creation, not merely to perpetuate life, but also as a reminder of the beauty and wonder of our benevolent Creator. We are the descendants who were entrusted to care for the earth and all its plants, animals, seas, and skies. For much of history, we have not been good stewards of our earthly resources. Today many species exist only in books due to our neglect and carelessness. But, the good news is that God empowers us with the Holy Spirit to care for His world. What can you do today to help take care of God’s miraculous creation?
- Prof. Kimberly Lowry, Assistant Professor of World Languages