It is really fascinating to look at how Jesus related with the creation in the gospels. He spoke a lot about nature. Luke tells a story of how Jesus taught his disciples to fight the temptation to worry about provision in their lives. How would you encourage someone about that? Interestingly, Jesus used observations about God from creation.
22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, 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. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
Jesus told his disciples that to trust God more they should consider their special place in creation. Look, he said, at how God has made provision for all the needs of His creation. If He is taking such good care of the smallest of His pets, how much more does He care for His children! I find that fascinating. What do you think about when you look at ravens and lilies? I must admit, I don’t often look at a bird eating a worm and think: wow, God just provided a worm for the bird!
To Jesus, the birds above him and the grass below Him were a wonderful assurance of God’s commitment to take care of His needs. And that is the assurance that we can have when we consider the tree, and the sheep, and the cow, and the bee, and the ant. We are one them, and yet we are special. We can humble ourselves by acknowledging that we too are mere creatures that cannot add even a single hour to our life without God. We too are only a part of this creation of God that must rely on Him. That will help us realise that our source of provision must come from the Creator. And yet we can still be encouraged that we are much more precious than the birds or grass; we are the crown of His creation, and have a special place in His heart. Therefore, trust Him! He knows our needs, because he even knows what a little bird needs.
God made the birds for a purpose. Their purpose was not to provide for themselves. Their purpose was to fill the skies with a testimony to the Creator, to reflect the glory of God and bring Him (and us) pleasure by taking their designed place in creation. And God provides for the birds so that they can fulfil their purpose. If they spent their time agonizing over and controlling their resources of food, they would not be able to fulfil their purpose. Same with the grass. Grass needs to focus on being grass and leave God’s business to Him. And Jesus says, the ravens and the lilies ARE focused on their calling, and so therefore God is pleased to provide for that because He doesn’t expect them to be God. There is a wonderful assurance and peace in finding your place in God’s plan. And what is our place? Are we any different to the birds and the grass?
Our place in creation is to seek and establish the Kingdom of God. If we are anxious and worried about the things that God has committed to provide, we too will miss our calling. However, if we commit ourselves to fulfilling our God-given role and purpose on earth, Jesus promises us that God has committed to adding everything else to us. What a wonderful assurance! What a wonderful way to look at creation.
We need to consider creation more. I have experienced such amazing insights from the Holy Spirit simply by putting aside time to consider what I am looking at. What have you “considered” recently?