I love nature. I thoroughly enjoy studying animals, plants, geology, fossils, and really, just about anything to do with natural history and natural ways. And I love hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and a million other outdoor pursuits. 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)
There’s nothing wrong with a believer enjoying, studying, or even making a career out of nature. 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.
Psalm 104:1-9, 31-32
Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with honor and majesty, who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, who stretch out the heavens like a curtain. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, who makes the clouds His chariot, who walks on the wings of the wind, who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire. You who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it should not be moved forever, You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled; at the voice of Your thunder they hastened away. They went up over the mountains; they went down into the valleys, to the place which You founded for them. You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, that they may not return to cover the earth… …May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in His works. He looks on the earth, and it trembles. He touches the hills, and they smoke.
Psalm 115:1-8; 135:15-18 (see also Isaiah 46)
But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. … Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them. … The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. … Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.
The entirety of Your word is truth.
II Kings 19:25
(God:) Did you not hear long ago how I made it (nature, etc. – verses 23-24), from ancient times that I formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, that you should be for crushing fortified cities into heaps and ruins.
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?