When the earth speaksApril 20, 2017
In advance of Earth Day on April 22nd, people are imagining what the earth would say if it could speak. The hashtag #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak has been trending as Huffington Post says with “responses that ranged from heartbreaking to hilarious and sarcastic to bleak.”
In fact, the earth has spoken and does speak. Creation is God’s general revelation of Himself to us. The Bible is full of examples where the Earth speaks.
Creation teaches us and reveals the existence of our Creator:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Creation declares the handiwork, grace, and goodness of God:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.
Creation groans with us for the redemption of all things:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, wewait for it with patience.
The Earth speaks, are we listening?
Just as the prophet Elijah had to learn to listen for the voice of God, so do we (I Kings 19:11-13).
Creation ultimately points us to the Creator. The creature is not god— and God is not some unknowable spirit that is “one” with nature. The Almighty One is separate and above His creation. He alone is worthy of worship. One of the ways He has revealed Himself to us is through His creation. He has left evidence of His character, His goodness and His majesty for us to enjoy and worship. He has ordered both the vast universe and inner workings of our very bodies for our wonder and benefit.
When someone asks you, what would the earth say if the earth could speak, respond with what God’s Word says the earth declares.
The question is not whether God is seeking to communicate through nature the question is whether or not we hear beyond the whirlwind to the reality of the still small voice.