Psalm 104:24 “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.”
The earth is full of the riches of God. We use it for our living and we consume resources and survive, but the earth is full of God’s riches. God gave us dominion over something that was full of His riches. Do we consider this?
It isn’t just the green grass and the blue sky. It is the stormy sea, and the thunderous volcano. It is the expanse of the earth, and the intricate details of the smallest insect. The buzz of the mosquito and the trumpet of the elephant. The beauty of a simple flower, and the rough terrain of the largest dessert. The earth is full of the riches of God.
Do you see it? Experts in many areas of life will tell us we need to slow down. We need to stop and just take some time to see and smell the roses. But do we see it as God’s.
We see grand mansions through different forms of media, or we read about them in a magazine or a history book. We tour places that we would never imagine being able to live in and we come back in awe. We marvel over the intricate detail and spectacular structures. We are overwhelmed with the beauty and glory of these places. Do we realize that the earth is God’s? All the riches of it are His? Do we marvel at His riches the way we would at an athlete’s house? Are we amazed at His possessions?
Too often we are not marveling because we treat them as our own. In someone’s beautiful house, we might remove our shoes and wipe our feet. We would be overly careful not to spill our drinks, or to break the china. We are careful because it is not our own. However, we think nothing of the world that we pass through each day.
God gave man dominion over the earth. We are to subdue it and work within it. But, let us not forget that it is God’s. It should not be wasted. God gave us it for the purpose of glorifying Him through what we accomplish using the earth. It isn’t for our pleasure, but for his glory. The earth is full of God’s riches.
Don’t misunderstand. The Earth is not alive. “Mother Earth” does not exist. We should not be more concerned with the treatment of trees and animals than the sins against God and man. But that does not mean we are foolish with God’s riches. We must use them wisely. We must use them carefully and in a way that will bring glory to Him.
We don’t need to visit the Grand Canyon to see the glory or riches of God. They are all around us. The earth is full of the riches of God. Let’s take some time this week to notice and praise Him for those riches. Thank Him that He has loaned them to us for our good and His glory. Thank Him that we have the opportunity to bring glory to Him through these things.