God's Providential Care for his Creation
Today, sin is obviously abounding. The impact of the fall of mankind is everywhere: weeds, pests, pestilence, disease, pain, hardship, poverty, death, and destruction. Fortunately, where sin abounds, grace does much more abound [Romans 5:20]. The hand of evil is in motion, but so is the hand of good.
Who or what is good? Well, God is good. In fact, according to Jesus "No one is good but God [Mark 10:18]."
According to Psalms 145:9, "The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works". So, if God is good and he is good to everyone than where is the proof? The answer is that the proof is all around you. The proof is in God's providential care of the world and his creation. Because of the disobedience of one (Adam) sin entered into the world. Sin kills everything, but God's providential grace holds the effects of sin at bay.
Why grace? God's providential care is considered grace because it is divinely given by God and it is undeserved. It is more than just mercy, because mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don't deserve. When it comes to providential care, God does not discriminate. He extends this form of common grace to all of mankind. No one is excluded whether good or bad, worthy or unworthy, smart or stupid, prudent or foolish, lucky or unlucky, saved or unsaved.
The notion of God's providential care of his creation can be seen throughout the Bible.
The grace that God extends to all creation brings:
- Sunshine and Rain
- The Seasons
- God Sustains Life
- God Upholds his Creation
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if you love those which love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Jesus is using the tangible and practical example of rain and sunshine (blessings) to explain the concept that God displays his love without discrimination. Jesus is saying we should follow in God's example and show kindness to both the worthy and unworthy.
They do not say in their hearts,"Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest."
"While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease."
This verse is claiming that as long as the earth remains we will have seasons, crops, and natural climate change. Proponents of the currently popular and supposedly undisputable belief in Anthropogenic (manmade) Global Warming (AGW) proclaim that our C02 emissions are going to cause the cessation of seasons, the end of crops, and worldwide chaos. It would appear that the theory of AGW and Genesis 8:22 are contradicting each other. I suppose we will all just have to hold our breath and wait and see who is right: God or Al Gore!
Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what [is] in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
"Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."
He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down.
Actually the entire chapter of Psalms 104 is worth reading. The whole chapter is about God and his creation, and more than just the seasons.
The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. The LORD [is] righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
Who gives food to all flesh, For His mercy [endures] forever.
You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it. You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth. You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, And the little hills rejoice on every side.The pastures are clothed with flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, . . .
You alone [are] the LORD; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.