21 Ways God Is Sovereign Over the Environmnent
Paul TautgesPaul Tautges serves as senior pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, having previously pastored for 22 years in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Paul has authored eight books including Counseling One Another, Brass Heavens, and Comfort the Grieving, and contributed chapters to two volumes produced by the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is also the consulting editor of the LifeLine Mini-Book series from Shepherd Press. Paul is a Fellow with ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of ten children (three married), and have two grandchildren. Paul enjoys writing as a means of cultivating discipleship among believers and, therefore, blogs regularly at Counseling One Another.
- 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.