When God made the world and all the things in the world He declared that it was “very good.” In other words, there was nothing out of place; everything was provided for Adam and Eve to be very very happy and healthy, and to enjoy life to the fullest. The world was very beautiful.
What happened? The earth isn’t the same as it was in the beginning. In the beginning there were no weeds or thorns, there were no diseases, no pain or sorrow. But now there is. Adam and Eve were happy and healthy. But now we’re not so happy and healthy. God’s whole creation was very good and very beautiful. Now it isn’t as good and as beautiful. The reason of course is that sin came, and the curse upon the earth came.
But wait a minute. We know things aren’t as perfect as they once were, but I think everything is still very beautiful. Yes, there are weeds here and there (to remind us of the curse of sin), and there are diseases and deformities and even disasters. But much of the beauty of nature is still intact. In fact, Romans 1:20 tells us that since the creation of the world God’s power and Godhead (His divine nature) are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, so that man is without an excuse not to believe and glorify Him as God.
So, all we have to do is look around us; God has given us so many beautiful things to see and enjoy. And they all give God glory. As David has wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Ps. 19:1).
Moreover, God has provided for us, in nature, everything we need to keep us physically healthy. He has made our bodies with an immune system so that it will naturally heal itself. He has also given us all kinds of foods—fruits, vegetables, and grains, etc.—that will keep us strong and healthy. (But of course we must lay off the sugary and greasy foods we know aren’t good for us!)
And we must not forget about all that God does to keep His creation growing and beautiful, in order to provide for us and for all the animals.
Acts 14:17 says, “[He] gave us rain from heaven and fruit seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
The Psalmist, in Psalms 104:10-14, says,
10 He sends the springs into the valleys, They flow among the hills. 11 They give drink to every beast of the field; The wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home; They sing among the branches. 13 He waters the hills from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works. 14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the service of man, That he may bring forth food from the earth.
Again in Psalms 145:9 we read, “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” (NIV).
He even loves His enemies, for all people are made from His hand. Therefore, “He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45). And He does it with the desire that some will see His glory, repent, and believe in Him (Rom. 2:4).
With repentance and belief (when we are saved) we enter into an even better and more beautiful place—a place of beauty beyond the senses, where we are with God, forever to experience His love and glorious presence. In this new relationship, the believer doesn’t relinquish the beauty of nature, he just adds on an even better form of beauty—the beauty of the soul and spirit.
In fact, with this new beauty in the Lord, we are now able to really enjoy nature. For with the believer, everything becomes more real, delightful, and enjoyable. This is because God has given us a new life, with a new purpose and direction. His love for us and our love for Him puts everything in a new light—that is, we see everything as part of the great and wonderful plan of God; and it is all so beautiful.
This is from my book Joy of Prayer.