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The Environment – What the Bible says about the fears many people have for the environment

Frank Fulop – 15 April 2020

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12:10)

Have you ever wondered what God’s Word – the Bible – teaches us about the fears many people have for our environment?

God’s Word gives some heartening insights.

The day is yours (God), and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.  It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. (Psalm 74:16-17)

He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. (Job 26:10) I form the light and create darkness … I, the Lord, do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7) For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. (Psalm 33:9)

Global warming

As long as the (present) earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. (Genesis 8:22)  As God is the creator of the heavens and earth, and who controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash (Job 37:15), he also has control over the other wonders of his creation including the temperatures of the heavens and the earth.

On the Sea of Galilee, Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waters; and the storm subsided, and all was calm. He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him. (Luke 8:24-25) He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. (Psalm 147:15) The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. (Psalm 135:6) Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14)  As God has set all the boundaries of earth, let us believe that he has set boundaries for the temperatures of the earth which cannot be exceeded.

Melting of the polar ice caps

From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen (the Lord spoke these words to Job)? (Job 38:28-30) The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. (Job 37:10) He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. (Psalm 104:5) For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world. (1 Samuel 2:8)  Therefore, let us take God at his word that he has set boundaries for the polar ice caps which will never disappear.

Rising sea levels

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. (Psalm 33:6-8)

I (wisdom) was there when he (God) set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. (Proverbs 8:27-29) I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it. (Jeremiah 5:22)

He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth. (Psalm 104:5-9)

There are many other fears that people have about our natural world.  Let us draw strength, comfort and hope in the firm belief that God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, is in complete control, so that human life will not perish but continue until the last day.  The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.” (Isaiah 14:24)  Who are we to fully understand the boundaries and other wonders that God has set by his own design? I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. (Psalm 131:1) He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed. (Job 5:9) 

Let us not concern ourselves with the fears and worries of this world.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) (NKJV) Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. (Ephesians 6:10) (KJV)

Whilst we can take great comfort knowing that God has established natural boundaries that can never be crossed, let us turn our hearts and minds to the commands he has set – boundaries if you like – for a life which pleases him.  And His commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3) Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. (Hebrews 12:2) (GNT) 

The one who comes from heaven is above all. (John 3:31) All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name. (Psalm 66:4) In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. (Psalm 56:4) My times are in your hands. (Psalm 31:15) 

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5) Do not be afraid; only believe. 
(Mark 5:36)

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