ANSWER: God created all things by his powerful word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.
Look at the pictures above or think of the last time you visited an aquarium, a zoo, botanic gardens, or even your backyard. What might these plants and animals tell us about God and what he is like? What is your favorite animal or plant story from the Bible and why? What does your favorite story tell us about God? Feel free to share thoughts on your favorite story in the comments section!
Take some time to read Genesis 1 this week, noting how and what God created and how he interacted with his creations. How does the relationship between God and his creations change in Genesis 3:7–24? How does Jesus Christ transform this relationship (see especially Isaiah 65:17–25, John 1:1–5, 14–17, Romans 8:18–25, and Revelation 21.)?
How do you think God wants us to interact with his non-human creations? What are some of the underlying rules for interaction that we see in Genesis 1:28-30, Exodus 23:12, Leviticus 25:1–7, and, of course, the troubling yet ultimately hilarious story of Balaam and his donkey (Numbers 22:22–35)?
Psalm 104, which was suggested reading in last week’s devotional questions, is also a perfect psalm of praise for the Creator of the universe. You might also enjoy reading “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins and listening to “Big Mistake” by David Wilcox.