It seems wherever I go and whoever I talk to, there is only one topic of conversation. The weather! Although much of the talk is fairly superficial and concerns how to keep cool, journalists and scientists insist that the recent heatwave is evidence of something more concerning. Although I have no idea whether this particular heatwave is evidence of ‘global-warming’, I do believe that the Bible gives us an incredible responsibility towards the earth.
Firstly, the Genesis record of creation (Genesis 1-3) calls us to act as custodians of that which God has entrusted to us. Secondly, our care for the earth and our approach to the resources it provides are inextricably linked to Jesus’ instruction to ‘love our neighbour as our self’ (Mark 12:31).
However, my hope is not that sinful and selfish humanity will ever get its act together. Rather, it is in the provision and promises of God taken from the first and last books in the Bible. Firstly, after The Flood, God gives a promise to Noah that ‘As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease’ (Genesis 8:22). Secondly, In Revelation 21 we find the fulfilment of God’s eternal promise in which, He establishes a New Heaven and a New Earth, in order that the two become one and all that we have destroyed we will see Him gloriously redeem!
Praise God for such an eternal hope, Gareth