Studying nature

I love nature.  I thoroughly enjoy studying animals, plants, geology, fossils, and really, just about anything to do with natural history and natural ways.  I take great pleasure in God’s gift of nature to us.

I also thoroughly enjoy studying God’s Word.  In fact, that is a priority over all other studies.  But the study of nature is still within the framework of studying God’s Word.  In his praise, the psalmist said it this way:  The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.  His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.  He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.  (Psalm 111:2-4, NKJV)

There’s nothing wrong with a believer studying or even making a career out of the natural sciences.  But his perspective should be tempered with Biblical truth.  God does speak about the way He created the earth and all that is in it (and it’s more than I can reference here).  It is His gift to mankind (Psalm 115:16).  We should take great pleasure in learning and remembering all that we can about this wonderful gift.  I think He wants us to – naturally, holistically, and most of all Biblically.

The psalmist also meditated and mused on all the work of God’s hands (Psalm 145:5).  I feel better now that I know that I’m not alone in being constantly caught up in all things natural and glorious, pure and wholesome.  Thank you, Heavenly Father, for nature.

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