As we think about this month’s topic of love and the celebration of Earth Day later this week I wanted to share a verse that will challenge us on both topics: Psalm 24:1 says:
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
First this verse reminds us that if we really care about God and are following Him, we’ll take care of what He has given us. That means being a little more aware of what you’re buying and doing and how you’re interacting with nature and the impact you have on it. We all have an impact, but we can make smarter choices to minimize that impact and protect the gift God has given us.
Second this verse reminds us that God created everything in the world, all of the plants, animals, creepy crawlers, and people. I know it’s hard to imagine the God that created you and me also creating things like scorpions. It’s also hard to imagine the God that created Billy Graham created Hitler too, but according to this verse, He did.
Which brings us to our challenge. It can be really easy to be sloppy and lazy and not take care of the earth, after all there’s a really good chance that it will last through our lifetimes regardless of the damage we do. It can also be really easy to just focus on the nice and good people and ignore those who display their faults and imperfections more than the rest of us do. But this verse challenges us to remember that God has called us to care for that which is His; all of it. That means attempting to remove our judgements, preconceived notions, prejudices and opinions and trying to see things from God’s perspective, which can be easier said than done.
But just like with caring for the earth and making earth-friendly decisions, treating all others with respect and courtesy, and maybe even love, is something you can get into the habit of doing. God didn’t say it would be easy, but He called us to set the example for our fellow man. So as we move away from Easter and toward Earth Day, I encourage you to consider how you can be more considerate of “everything” that the Lord has created. What ways will you choose to show love today?