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God and Nature in Bible Verses

Like many Believers, I feel close to God when I am close to nature.  I bought my second house because it overlooked the mountains of Hudson Valley.  I walked into the house, saw that beautiful view of nature, and knew that I had found my place. There was also an abundance of small creatures to enjoy. Hence, I could feel God and nature in Bible verses coming to life right before my eyes.  It was humbling, comforting, safe, and peaceful.

At that time in my life, my commute to work was about two and a half hours door to door one-way.  I spent on average five hours commuting every day.  However, it was grueling but necessary to help my husband support our family. Each day when I came home and saw the view of the mountains, the trees, and the sunset I knew God was with me.

God and Nature in Bible verses go hand in hand. So much of God’s interaction with mankind has been with nature i.e. water, wind, trees, and flowers. The Word of God also speaks through animals, birds in the sky, and fish in the water. Consequentially, in His hand is the life of every creature that roams the earth. As well as the mountains, sea, and dry land.  It is all God’s creation.

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

“In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” Psalms 95:4-5 NIV

Let’s explore more about the glory of God and Nature in Bible verses. All human beings can see God’s eternal power in the creation of our natural world.

Creation Of The World

It is written in the Old Testament that God made the world and everything in it. He founded the world and the heavens with His wisdom and understanding. All of God’s unseen and indescribable qualities are seen within everything that God created. These invisible attributes all speak of God’s great imagination and creativity. Mankind is without excuse when it comes to understanding who God is. For the foundation of the earth is a testament to His greatness, eternal power, and divine nature. I am in awe when I think of all God has done and continues to do throughout our lives.

It was God’s Word that spoke and gathered the waters below the heavens to create the dry land. God called the dry land earth. It would inhabit nature, animals, and mankind. In the beginning, God gave mankind all these great gifts to rule over. Consequently, mankind continues to rule over the world and the animals, trees of the field, and flowers of the field.

 “He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.” Jeremiah 51:15 NIV

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 NIV

“God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:10 ESV

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 NIV

God And Nature In Bible Verses

I get excited every spring with the renewing of creation. It is as if the entire world is reborn. The flowers and the trees begin to bud and bloom.  It is breathtaking to see all the new nature. It has been like this from day one when the Lord God spoke the vegetation and fruit into existence. Hence, without fail spring arrives and a new beginning for all plant life.

God gave mankind vegetation to help sustain us. Each new harvest brings us fruit and vegetables. Daniel used a diet of vegetables to eat and water to sustain him. He grew strong and was in better shape than those who ate the king’s food. Our mothers have always encouraged us to eat our vegetables and drink plenty of water. The Daniel Diet may be a diet you might want to consider because of its dietary and spiritual factors.  Read more about it in this Good Housekeeping Article it has some great things to say about it. However, I caution you to consult your doctor first before changing your diet.

“Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:11-12 NIV

“Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.”

“At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food.” Daniel 1:12, 15 ESV

God And The Creation Of Creatures

All of God’s creations were designed to teach us and share with us the glory of God. The animals and birds tell us so much about God by the way He provides for them.

Like man, God commands them to also be fruitful. Therefore, as man populated the Earth the birds and the animals were encouraged to do likewise. A living creature could provide help by working the land, providing food, sacrifices, and companionship.

 “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?” Job 12:7-9 ESV

“And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:20-22, 24-25 NIV

God And The Creation Of Man

Our Heavenly Father created mankind in the image of God. This showed His great love for us because who could not help but love something that they made in their own image? He is ever mindful of us because He created us for Himself.  He wants to be our God and we are to be His people. We were made to love Him back.  Everything He has done is because He first loved us. The same God that created the heavens, the moon, and all the stars is concerned about our daily lives. We mean so much more to Our Heavenly Father than we can ever imagine. 

However, mankind has not always returned God’s love.  It has been human nature to rebel against God. To separate ourselves from God’s presence. The human heart is deceptive and should not be trusted.  Who can understand the things that mankind does to each other? I know I can’t understand why we choose to hate rather than love as God has commanded us to do.

However, we serve a living God who is our sovereign Lord. There is nothing that does not happen without His knowledge.  He has made a way for us to come back to Him.  I trust Him to connect my heart back to Him.

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4 ESV

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 NIV

 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 NIV

Connected To God Through His Creations

We are forever connected to God through His creations.  We should look to creation to learn about God.  The beauty placed before us is breathtaking, the mountains, oceans, stars, and the very nature placed before our eyes.  The hand of the Lord has touched everything before us. Therefore, we are all part of God through all the foundations of the earth from the birds of the sky to the sea creatures.

Hence, Jesus used nature to help us connect with God. He used flowers, trees, and vines to demonstrate God’s everlasting kingdom. Jesus described our faith as a mustard seed to demonstrate that God needs just a little faith from us to grow us into something He can use. When Jesus teaches about the futility of worrying, He tells us to look towards the birds and the lilies of the field. God will always provide for our needs and every other creature on earth.

 “And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Luke 17:6 ESV

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 NIV

“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30 ESV

The Holy Spirit And Nature

The Holy Spirit is also depicted with the use of nature. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit was described as coming upon Jesus as a dove. Therefore, like birds of the heavens the Holy Spirit dwelled in the Son of Man. It is only with the belief in Jesus that the Holy Spirit will come to dwell in our hearts as well. However, Jesus had to first be baptized himself.

When Jesus went to John to be baptized with water, consequently, the Holy Spirit landed on Jesus as a dove, symbolizing peace with God. God was immensely pleased with our Lord Jesus Christ and His wondrous works. It was based on the will of God for the glory of God.  However, for new believers, the Spirit of God is more like tongues of fire. The power of the Holy Spirit will dwell in us helping us, teaching us, and reminding us of the Word of God. All that Jesus taught to his disciples and the people of God. Consequently, we are to then share the good news of the gospel.

“and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22 NIV

“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:3-4 NIV

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 ESV

Sin: God And Nature In Bible Verses

It appears as if sin entered the world just after Adam entered God’s new world.

God had just given Eve to Adam for companionship. Also, after God told him what he was able to eat and what job he would perform, which included him ruling over the animals. However, It was such a short period of time Eve did not have time to even conceive her first child nor give birth to it.

God only required Adam to obey these simple requests and he would have lived in this beautiful paradise created by God forever. However, they were tempted by the serpent and ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were both banished from the Garden of Eden where a river flowed that watered the garden. Consequently, sin entered the world and was contributed to Adam.

Upon eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge Adam and Eve decided that God would not be their Lord.  At this point, they would decide what was good and right for them. God had provided for all their needs, but they chose to disobey.

The fruit allowed them to realize they were naked and to feel ashamed. From the fig tree, they covered themselves with leaves. Only the shedding of the blood of Jesus could take away this shame.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15 ESV

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—” Romans 5:12 ESV

“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Hebrews 9:22 ESV

The Devil: God And Nature In Bible Verses

The Devil presented himself to Adam and Eve as a serpent. He tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God.  God allowed this to test their obedience to Him and love for God. The tree was the test, and the Devil was the temptation. Would Adam and Eve choose God?

Even though God provided for their every need it proved to be not enough for them. They chose to disobey God by listening to the lies of the devil. God has always allowed for our free will.  He did not want robots, he wanted mankind to freely choose to follow Him.  He wanted us to love Him, obey Him with all our hearts, and worship Him.  God wanted the same love that He so generously lavished on us.

However, even though Adam and Eve would fail this test, God had a plan that would lead us out of sin and back into eternity with Him. The Devil came to lie and destroy.  He is the Father of lies and is ruled by his own desire to be like God. Jesus came to bring life.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1 ESV

“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 ESV

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 ESV

Eternal Life: God And Nature In Bible Verses

Our great God had a plan for eternal life because one day everything we see before us will fade away. The world we know fades and dies away little by little every day, but the word of our God stands firm throughout time. That is why we should focus on our eternal life. There is nothing from this world any of us can take with us. Therefore, we should be ever mindful of worldly goals versus God’s goals and purpose for our lives.  Hence, our hearts should be focused on eternity. Just as we see the grass of the field wither and flowers fade, we can learn from the very nature we see that nothing on earth will last forever. Only God will endure forever.

The Lord of Heaven will create a new heaven and a new earth.  The multitudes of heaven worship God every day in His presence and we will also. This is God’s promise of a world with true righteousness for His people.

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 NIV

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17 NIV

“But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” 2 Peter 3:13 ESV

Jesus Christ: God and Nature In Bible Verses

Salvation can only be found in Christ Jesus. He came to bring life in abundance.  This life is eternal and is tied to salvation. Therefore, using nature, Jesus described eternal life as living water. The kind of water that will ensure that we will never go thirsty again. If we believe in Jesus out of our hearts will flow this living water. 

It is God’s living water where we will never have a longing that is not fulfilled. We will never long for anything that God does not wish us to have. This is the good news of salvation.  We only need to confess with our mouths and believe Jesus is Lord, and we can be saved. We can have eternal life with God.  This is the will of God that Jesus came to fulfill. The New Testament is all about God bringing salvation to the people of Israel and the Gentiles.  Hence, as Gentiles we are grafted into God’s plan, we have been adopted as children of God.

Salvation is not found in the good work done by human hands. All of creation waits for mankind to take a leap of faith onto the bridge that Jesus has provided for us to be reconciled to the Lord.

“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38 ESV

“…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 ESV

Recap

There is no doubt in my mind that we are all connected to God through nature.  We are part of God’s whole creation that He created together in one week.  God is responsible for the life of every living thing. The heavens, earth, water, all nature, and animals are the work of His hand. Therefore, we can commune together, survive together, to grow together to the ends of the world.  Hence, we should embrace the beauty of nature and all things around us because we were all created by God’s Word. It will allow us to realize all the invisible qualities of God. His great power, God’s love for us, God’s control of all things, God’s plan for our salvation. Therefore, Jesus is the only one who can help us to put on our new selves.

I for one am looking forward to the day when I can shake off the old me.  The me with a sinful nature that allows me to be separated from God.  But my Jesus paid it all. It is by the work of your hands that I can present my petition to God and be reconciled. One day we will all be partakers of the divine nature of God. On that day the whole earth will bow down on their knees before our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I hope that you found hope and inspiration delving into God and Nature in Bible Verses.

Daily Steps To Be Closer To God:

  • Spending time in God’s word.
  • Praying in the spirit.
  • Meditating on His Word with nature.
  • Praise and thank God for creating you, the earth, and everything in it.
  • Confess your sins, repent, and turn to God.
  • Believe that Jesus came to save the world.
  • Love God.
  • Love your neighbor.
  • Produce fruit of the spirit based on the will of God.

Additional Reading:

Understanding God’s Holiness And Ours

Unconditional Love of God

The Holy Spirit

Why Jesus Is Important

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