And God said, “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind” (Genesis 1:20-21 KJV).
Okay, so before I start talking about the sea creatures and how they tell of God’s glory, I want to highlight the word “abundantly”. When God does something, he doesn’t do it in half measures. He goes all out. He was creating a world for his future companions and he spared no expense.
Did you notice that he made the living creatures only after he had made the environment suitable for them? These actions point to a loving God, one who wants the best for all his creations and goes out of his way to provide it for them.
Imagine this: a beautiful new world where the sun was brilliant but not blinding. Its heat was like a warm kiss on the skin. The sky was a striking summer’s blue. Clouds dotted the sky –, light fluffy ones that almost looked playful as they drifted.
The air was fresh, crisp and pure. Every breath was like a long drink of water on a hot summer day. There were stunning and exotic flowers everywhere. The trees were majestic and stately as they swayed gently in the breeze.
It was a perfect world on a perfect day. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you heard an unusual sound. It was like music. You looked up and there they were: hundreds of birds flying across the sky, flitting through trees and hopping on the ground.
And then you see it, a sinuous body arching out of the sea towards the sky. You realize that there are creatures in the ocean. You are given a birds’ eye view so that you can see them – the water is literally teeming with them.
Can you see it? Do you hear them?
I want to leave you with that image tonight as you imagine the loving Father who created just such a world for his children. I want us to think about the fact that in spite of the ravages of sin, in spite of man’s efforts to destroy the earth this is still a beautiful place. Take a few minutes to bask in your father’s world and appreciate his glory today.
Father, I want to thank you for the blessings and bounties of this world. I am so grateful that I get to be a part of it. Help me to actively look for ways to give you glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.