21 Ways God Is Sovereign Over the Environmnent
Paul Tautges has served Immanuel Bible Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as pastor since 1992. He is also an adjunct professor of biblical counseling and conference speaker. Paul has authored eight books including Counsel One Another, Comfort Those Who Grieve, The Discipline of Mercy, and Brass Heavens. He is also the editor of the popular Help! discipleship counseling booklet series (24 titles). Paul is a NANC Fellow and a Council Board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He and his wife Karen are the parents of ten children. Paul blogs regularly at counselingoneanother.com.
- 2014 Jun 06
It’s amazing how much time and energy is spent thinking and talking about environmental issues today. Sadly, most of it is done without any reference to God, who controls every aspect of it. Whether rain or snow, cold or heat, wind or stagnant air, the Lord is the one who continues to uphold it by the mighty power of His Son. It is Jesus Christ who “upholds all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3).
What parts of the environment does God control? Over what does His sovereignty reign? Here are 21 ways God is sovereign over the environment. Let this get you started on your own Bible study that is sure to encourage your heart and strengthen your faith.
- He created and controls the seasons (Genesis 1:14; Psalms 74:16-17; 104:19).
- He raises the sun every morning (Psalm 104:19).
- He created, named, and leads the stars (Psalm 147:4; Job 38:32-33).
- He causes the wind to blow (Exodus 14:21; Job 28:25-27; Psalm 78:26; Jonah 1:4; Matthew 8:26-27; Mark 4:39-41; Luke 8:24-25; James 5:17-18).
- He created and controls the water cycle (Job 26:8-9; Job 5:10; Psalm 135:7; 147:8; Matthew 5:45; Acts 14:17; Joel 2:23).
- He sustains the earth (Job 5:10; Psalm 135:6).
- He sends the morning dew (Proverbs 3:19-20).
- He causes lunar eclipses (Job 26:8-9;
- He provides for the growth of grass and crops (Psalm 147:8;
- He sends lightning (Job 37:1-18; Job 1:16).
- He sends loud thunderstorms, which I love (Jeremiah 10:13; 1 Samuel 12:17-18).
- He sends hail and snow, ice and frost (Psalm 148:8; Job 38:22-30).
- He nourishes the earth so that it produces crops and fruit (Leviticus 26:4; Job 36:26-33; Deuteronomy 11:10-15; 28:12; Zechariah 10:1; Psalms 104:13-14).
- He brings the spring seedtime and fall harvest (Jeremiah 5:24; Genesis 8:22; Deuteronomy 33:13-14).
- He paints the rainbow of His promise (Genesis 9:14-16).
- He sends earthquakes (Psalms 68:7-9).
- He provides plentiful pasturelands for livestock (Isaiah 30:23).
- He sends the scorching sun (Genesis 8:22; Jonah 4:8).
- He withholds rain, causing drought (1 Kings 8:35-36; 2 Chronicles 6:26-27).
- He will destroy the present earth with fire---the ultimate global warming (2 Peter 3:10).
- He will create a new heaven and a new earth where He will forever dwell with His redeemed ones (Revelation 21:1-5).
What Is Your Attitude Toward the Weather?
Jerry Bridges, in his book Trusting God, astutely reminds us that our attitude about the weather reveals our attitude toward God.
Complaining about the weather seems to be a favorite American pastime. Sadly, we Christians often get caught up in this ungodly habit of our society. But when we complain about the weather, we are actually complaining against God who sent us our weather. We are, in fact, sinning against God (see Numbers 11:1). Not only do we sin against God when we complain about the weather, we also deprive ourselves of the peace that comes from recognizing our heavenly Father is in control of it.
Recommended Reading: Chapter 6: “God’s Power over Nature” in Jerry Bridges’ Trusting God.