Renewing Creation

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
9 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 8:20–9:5). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

God created a new covenant with Noah and look what he did. He provided for Noah and him family. He saw them safely through the storm. He dried the land. And God reordered creation.

Then God said to Noah what he had said to the first man — “be fruitful and multiply.”

God promised that he will not destroy the earth again with flood, but he also promised seed time and harvest and seasons and life. So much of the news of today is designed to make us worry and covet information. But we need not. All things work for the good of those called according to God’s purpose. He will provide seasons, he will provide food, and he will provide sustenance. We should not worry.

Noah and his family weathered a storm, saw all their kin and every other human and animal destroyed, and praised God afterwards. Sometimes we need to just praise God and realize he has seen us through storms and continues to provide for us.

We also should see that we are part of nature, but in charge of it. God puts the animals and plants there for us for food. So many people want to draw closer to nature by becoming vegetarians or rejecting modern medicine. As a lifestyle choice, vegetarianism is fine. But people who adopt it thinking it will draw them closer to God or nature are wrong. God has given of the planet. We are to be faithful stewards and have dominion over it.

In having dominion, though, we are not to make idols of Creation. We are to worship the Creator, not his creation.