What the Bible Says about Nature and Creation

When most people think about the Bible and nature, what comes to mind is Genesis and the creation story. Period. But the Bible says a whole lot more!

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”

Genesis 1:1

The author of Genesis (Moses) goes on for the first two chapters describing the creation process, culminating with Adam and Eve.

But did you know nature and God as Creator are themes interwoven throughout the whole Bible? They resurface in both the Old and New Testaments constantly.

Back in the fall of 2014, long before I felt the Lord lead me to write, invite others to write and self-publish Heaven and Nature Sing, I decided to write down the scriptures that refer to nature or creation. As I went through the Bible from start to finish during that season, I kept a spiral notebook next to me and wrote. 

That may have been a catalyst for what was to come a few years later.

I have that notebook next to me. I know I’ve missed some, but let’s take a close look at these Bible verses about nature and creation:

God as Creator in the Books of Moses

(By the way, all the scriptures in this post are from the American Standard Version and World English Bible, which are in the public domain. I’ve modernized some of the language, capitalized pronouns that refer to God, and adjusted some punctuation to make it more readable.)

Genesis: Creation Story

The entire first two chapters of Genesis give the creation account:

Genesis 1:1—”In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:3—”And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”

Genesis 1:7—”And God made the firmament [the Hebrew word raqia—expanse or sky], and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.”

clouds and sunlight
The “waters above the firmament”

Genesis 1:9—”And God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry ground appear,’ and it was so.”

Genesis 1:11—”And God said, ‘Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind’…and it was so.”

Genesis 1:14-16—”And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night…for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years. And let them …give light upon the earth,’ and it was so. And God made…the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.”

Genesis 1:21—”And God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves in the waters, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind…”

Genesis 1:25—”And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing on the ground after its kind…”

Genesis 1:27—”And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him—male and female created He them.”

Genesis 1:31—”And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good…”

green water of Lake Superior
The clear, green water of Lake Superior

Genesis 2:1—”And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”

Genesis 2:2-3—”And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had made. And He rested on the seventh day from all his work…And God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it because that in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

Genesis 2:4—”These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven.”

Genesis 2:7—”And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. And man became a living soul.”

Genesis 2:8-9—”And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden. There He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground made Jehovah God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The Tree of Life also in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”

Mexican jungle
A wild jungle “garden” on the west coast of Mexico

Genesis 2:18—”And Jehovah God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmeet [Hebrew ezer—helper] for him.’ “

Genesis 2:19—”And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them…”

Genesis 2:21-22—”And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh… and the rib which Jehovah God had taken from the man made He a woman, and brought her to the man.”

Genesis 3:1—”Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made…”

Moving On: Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy

Genesis 5:1-2—”This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him. Male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam [man] in the day when they were created.”

Genesis 6:6-7—”Yahweh was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him in his heart. Yahweh said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the surface of the ground—man, along with animals, creeping things, and birds of the sky—for I am sorry that I have made them.’ ” 

Genesis 7:4—”…’and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights. And every living thing that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the ground.’ “

Genesis 9:6—”Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed. For in the image of God made He man.”

people on a trail lined up along a fence, looking away
We’re ALL made in God’s image!

Genesis 14:19—”He [Melchizadek] blessed him [Abram] and said, ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth.’ “

Genesis 14:22—”Abram said to the king of Sodom, ‘I have lifted up my hand to Yahweh, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth…’ “

Exodus 4:11—”And Jehovah said unto him [Moses], ‘Who made man’s mouth? Or who makes a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, Jehovah?’ “

Exodus 20:11—”For in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. So Jehovah blessed the Sabbath day, and made it holy.”

Deuteronomy 4:32, 39-40—”Ask now…since the day that God created man on the earth, and from the one end of the sky to the other, whether there has been anything as great as this thing is, or has been heard like it?…Know therefore today, and take it to heart, that Yahweh Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath. There is no one else. You shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which Yahweh your God gives you for all time.”

Deuteronomy 10:14—”Behold, to Yahweh your God belongs heaven, the heaven of heavens, and the earth with all that is in it.” 

It’s clear that God considers Himself not just the Creator of heaven and earth, but the Lord and Master of it all. You’ll see more on that theme as we continue…

Nature in the Wisdom Books and Psalms

The Book of Job

The book of Job talks about the creation of the natural world in great detail in chapters 38-41, starting with this question:

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?”

(Job 38:4)

God continues speaking to Job at length, with stunning detail about the created world. He puts Job humbly back in his place as a man who knows and can do virtually nothing compared to his Creator. We’re wise to listen and apply this to ourselves, too!

Here are some select verses from chapters 38-41:

Job 38:6-11—”…Who laid its [the earth’s] cornerstone when the morning stars sang together…?…Or who shut up the sea with doors…when I made clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness…and said, ‘You may come here, but no further. Your proud waves shall be stopped here.’?

big waves hit some cliffs, lots of spray
Lake Superior’s shore getting pounded

Job 38:12—”Have you commanded the morning in your days and caused the dawn to know its place…?”

Job 38:22—”Have you entered the treasuries of the snow, or have you seen the treasures of the hail…?”

Job 38:31-33—”Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades or loosen the cords of Orion? Can you lead the constellations out in their season? Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish its dominion over the earth?”

Job 38:41—”Who provides for the raven his prey when his young ones cry to God and wander for lack of food?”

Job 39 is full of mountain goats, deer, wild donkeys, wild ox, the ostrich and horse, the hawk and eagle.

Job 40:15-18 talks about behemoth [that’s the Hebrew word]—”See now behemoth, which I made as well as you. He eats grass as an ox. Look now, his strength is in his thighs. His force is in the muscles of his belly. He moves his tail like a cedar. The sinews of his thighs are knit together. His bones are like tubes of bronze. His limbs are like bars of iron.”

Job 41 is God describing Leviathan [Hebrew Livyathan—sea monster or dragon]—(verse 10, 13-15, 19) “None is so fierce that he dare stir him up…Who can strip off his outer garment? Who will come within his jaws? Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth is terror. Strong scales are his pride, shut up together with a close seal…Out of his mouth go burning torches. Sparks of fire leap out.” Fascinating! Be sure and read the whole chapter if you haven’t before.

Here are a couple more excerpts from Job:

Job 12:7-10—“But ask now the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you. Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, and the fishes of the sea will declare to you. Who knows not in all these, that the hand of Jehovah has made this? In Whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?”

snorkling with fish swimming around
Discovering the underwater world in Mexican waters

Job 33:4—“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Psalms

The Psalms are full of references to nature and creation. Here are many of them:

Psalm 1:1-3—”How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither, and in whatever he does, he prospers.”

Psalm 8:3-4—“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained—what is man, that You are mindful of him?”

Psalm 19:1-2—“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament [the skies, the heavens] shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge.”

Psalm 24:1-2—“The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fullness in it, the world, and they that dwell there. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.”

Psalm 33:6—“By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of Hs mouth.”

Psalm 65:6-8—”By Your power, You form the mountains, having armed Yourself with strength. You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. They also who dwell in faraway places are afraid at Your wonders. You call the morning’s dawn and the evening with songs of joy.”

Teton Range and the Snake River at sunset
Sunset in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Psalm 69:34—”Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them!”

Psalm 74:16-17—”The day is yours, the night is also yours. You have prepared the light and the sun. You have set all the boundaries of the earth. You have made summer and winter.”

Psalm 75:2-3—”When I choose the appointed time, I will judge blamelessly. The earth and all its inhabitants quake. I firmly hold its pillars.”

Psalm 89:11—“The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours. The world and its fullness, You have founded them.”

Psalm 90:2—“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”

Psalm 95:4-5—”In His hand are the deep places of the earth. The heights of the mountains are also His.The sea is Hs, and He made it. His hands formed the dry land.”

Psalm 96:5—”For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but Yahweh made the heavens.”

Psalm 96:11-13—”Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice. Let the sea roar, and its fullness! Let the field and all that is in it exult! Then all the trees of the woods shall sing for joy before Yahweh; for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth…”

Psalm 97:1—”Yahweh reigns! Let the earth rejoice! Let the multitude of islands be glad!”

Psalm 97:5-6—”The mountains melt like wax at the presence of Yahweh, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare His righteousness. All the peoples have seen His glory.”

Psalm 98:7-9—”Let the sea roar with its fullness, the world, and those who dwell in it. Let the rivers clap their hands. Let the mountains sing for joy together. Let them sing before Yahweh, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”

woman stands on rocks overlooking a swirling river
“Let the rivers clap their hands…”

Psalm 102:25—“Of old did You lay the foundation of the earth; And the heavens are the work of Your hands.”

Psalm 104:5-6—”He laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be moved forever. You covered it with the deep as with a cloak. The waters stood above the mountains.”

Psalm 104:8—”The mountains rose, the valleys sank down, to the place which you had assigned to them.”

Psalm 104:10-14—He sends springs into the valleys. They run among the mountains. They give drink to every animal of the field. The wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the sky nest by them. They sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from His rooms. The earth is filled with the fruit of Your works. He causes the grass to grow for the livestock, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may produce food out of the earth…”

Psalm 104:16-17—”Yahweh’s trees are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon, which He has planted, where the birds make their nests. The stork makes its home in the cypress trees.”

Psalm 104:19—”He appointed the moon for seasons. The sun knows when to set.”

“O Jehovah, how manifold [many and various] are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your riches.”

Psalm 104:24

Psalm 104:30—”You send out your Spirit and they are created. You renew the face of the ground.”

Psalm 104:32—”He looks at the earth, and it trembles. He touches the mountains, and they smoke.”

Psalm 111:2—“The works of Jehovah are great, sought out [studied, investigated] by all them that have pleasure in them.”

Psalm 115:15—“Blessed are you of Jehovah, Who made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 119:90—”…You have established the earth, and it remains.”

Psalm 121:2—”My help comes from Jehovah, Who made heaven and earth.”

towering pine trees
Towering pines

Psalm 124:8—”Our help is in Yahweh’s name, who made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 134:3—”May Yahweh bless you from Zion, even He who made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 136:5-9—”…to Him who by understanding made the heavens…to Him who spread out the earth above the waters…to Him who made the great lights…the sun to rule by day…the moon and stars to rule by night, for his loving kindness endures forever.”

Here’s one of the most beautiful passages in literature describing God’s intimate knowledge of each of us, and the value of each of us—born and unborn:

“For You formed my inward parts, You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; And that my soul knows right well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes sawmy unformed substance, and in Your book they were all written, even the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139:13-16

Psalm 145:5—”I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, on Your wondrous works.”

Psalm 146:5-6—”Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in Yahweh, his God who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps truth forever.”

Psalm 147:4—”He counts the number of the stars. He calls them all by their names.”

Psalm 147:7-9—”Sing to Yahweh with thanksgiving. Sing praises on the harp to our God who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass grow on the mountains.He provides food for the livestock, and for the young ravens when they call.”

Psalm 148:3-5—”Praise Him, sun and moon! Praise Him, all you shining stars! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, you waters that are above the heavens. Let them praise Yahweh’s name, for He commanded, and they were created.”

sunrise over a lake, with sun's rays in the sky and lake's reflection, surrounded by woods
A double sunrise on a northern Minnesota lake

Proverbs

Proverbs 3:19-20—”By wisdom Yahweh founded the earth. By understanding, He established the heavens. By His knowledge, the depths were broken up, and the skies drop down the dew.”

Proverbs 8:24-26—”When there were no depths, I [Wisdom] was born, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was born. While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.”

Proverbs 8:27-31—”When He established the heavens, I was there. When He set a circle on the surface of the deep, when He established the clouds above, when the springs of the deep became strong, when He gave to the sea its boundary, that the waters should not violate His commandment, when He marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was the craftsman by His side. I was a delight day by day, always rejoicing before Him, rejoicing in His whole world.”

Proverbs 22:2—”The rich and the poor have this in common: Yahweh is the maker of them all.”

Creation and Nature in the History Books & Prophets

Let’s move on to the history—the stories of God’s people and what the prophets had to say…

Chronicles and Nehemiah

1 Chronicles 29:11—“Yours, O Jehovah, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty. For all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Jehovah, and You are exalted as head above all.”  

Nehemiah 9:6—“You are Jehovah, even You alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things on it, the seas and all that is in them. And You preserve them all and the host of heaven worships You.”

Isaiah

Isaiah 11:6-9—”And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little boy will lead them. Also, the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

a deer watches a leashed dog, that's very curious!
One day they’ll play together 🙂

Isaiah 37:16—“O Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, that dwells between the cherubim [angels], You are the God, even You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.”

Isaiah 40:12—”Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the sky with His span, and calculated the dust of the earth in a measuring basket, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?”

Isaiah 40:26—“Lift up your eyes on high, and see Who has created these [the stars], that brings out their host by number. He calls them all by name. By the greatness of His might, and His strong power, not one is missing.”

Isaiah 40:28—“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth faints not, neither is weary. There is no searching of His understanding.”

Isaiah 42:5—“Thus says God Jehovah, He that created the heavens and stretched them forth. He that spread abroad the earth and that which comes out of it. He that gives breath to the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk in it…”  

Isaiah 43:1—”But now Yahweh who created you, Jacob, and He who formed you, Israel, says, ‘Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are Mine.’ “

Isaiah 43:7—”Everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, yes, whom I have made.”

Isaiah 43:21—”The people which I formed for Myself, that they might declare My praise.”

woman raising her hands on a mountain top
“That they might declare My praise!”

Isaiah 44:2—”This is what Yahweh who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you says, ‘Don’t be afraid, Jacob My servant, and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.’ “

Isaiah 44:24—“Thus says Jehovah, your Redeemer, and He that formed you from the womb: ‘I am Jehovah that makes all things, that stretches forth the heavens alone, that  spreads abroad the earth’…”

Isaiah 45:12—“I [Jehovah] have made the earth and created man upon it. I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”

Isaiah 45:18—“For thus says Jehovah that created the heavens, the God that formed the earth and made it, that established it and created it not a waste, that formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am Jehovah and there is none else.’ ”

Isaiah 51:13—”Have you forgotten Yahweh your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth?’…”

Isaiah 55:12—”For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace. The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

Isaiah 64:8—”But now, Yahweh, you are our Father. We are the clay and you Our potter. We all are the work of Your hand.”

Isaiah 65:17—”For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things will not be remembered, nor come into mind.”

Isaiah 66:1-2—“ ‘Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build to Me? Where will I rest? For My hand has made all these things, and so all these things came to be,’ says Yahweh. ‘But I will look to this man, even to he who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.’ “

Jeremiah

Jeremiah 1:5—”“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I sanctified you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

“He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom. And by His understanding has He stretched out the heavens.”

Jeremiah 10:12

Jeremiah 10:13—”When He utters His voice, the waters in the heavens roar, and He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightnings for the rain and brings the wind out of His treasuries.”

driving a rural road with dark storm clouds overhead
Ominous storm clouds

Jeremiah 27:5—“I  have made the earth, the men and the beasts that are upon the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm. And I give it to whom it seems right to Me.”

Jeremiah 31:35—”Yahweh, who gives the sun for a light by day and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea, so that its waves roar, Yahweh of Armies is His name, says…”

Jeremiah 32:17—“Ah Lord Jehovah! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You!”

Jeremiah 51:15—“He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding has He stretched out the heavens.”

Jeremiah 51:16—”When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightnings for the rain, and brings forth the wind out of His treasuries.”

Jeremiah 51:19—”…He is the Former [Maker] of all things, including the tribe of His inheritance. Yahweh of Armies is His name.”

Amos, Jonah and Zechariah

Amos 4:13—”For, behold, He who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought. Who makes the morning darkness and treads on the high places of the earth: Yahweh, the God of Armies, is His name.”

Amos 5:8—”Seek Him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night. Who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth, Yahweh is His name.”

Amos 9:6—“It is He that builds His chambers in the heavens and has founded His vault upon the earth. He that calls for the waters of the sea and  pours them out upon the face of the earth—Jehovah is His name.”

waterfall gushing over basalt rock
High Falls on the Minnesota/Ontario border, Pigeon River State Park

Jonah 1:9—”He said to them, “I am a Hebrew and I fear Yahweh, the God of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land.”

Zechariah 12:1—“Thus says Jehovah, Who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him…”

So God’s nature as Creator and sustainer of everything is woven throughout the Old Testament! Let’s move on to the New Testament…

Nature and God as Creator in the New Testament

The Gospels

Matthew 6:26-30—” Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?…And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow. They do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!”

Mark 4:41—”They were greatly afraid and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?’ ”

John 1:1-3—“In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that has been made.”

John 1:10—”He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.”

Acts of the Apostles

Acts 7:49—” ‘Heaven is My throne, and the earth a footstool for My feet. What kind of house will you build Me?’ says the Lord. ‘Or what is the place of My rest?’ “

Acts 14:15—“We also are men of like passions with you and bring you good tidings, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that in them…”

Acts 14:17—”Yet He didn’t leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”

ripe raspberries
Ripe raspberries

Acts 17:24—“The God that made the world and all things in it, He, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands.”

Acts 17:25—”He isn’t served by men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He Himself gives to all life and breath, and all things.” 

Acts 17:26-27—”He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons and the boundaries of their dwellings, that they should seek the Lord…”

Acts 17:28—”For in Him we live, move and have our being…”

Romans

“For the invisible things of Him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even His everlasting power and divinity…”

Romans 1:20

Romans 1:25—”…they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.”

Romans 8:19-22—”For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.”

Romans 8:23—”Even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, the redemption of our body.”  

Romans 8:38-39—”For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 11:36—“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things.”

Other Epistles of Paul and Peter

1 Corinthians 8:6—“Yet to us there is one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we unto Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through Whom are all things, and we through Him.”

1 Corinthians 10:26—”For ‘the earth is the Lord’s, and its fullness.’ “

Ephesians 2:10—”For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.”

Ephesians 3:14-15—”For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.”

Colossians 1:16—“For in Him [Jesus] were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers—all things have been created through Him and unto Him.”

morning dew on a daisy
Morning dew on a daisy

1 Peter 4:19—”Therefore let them also who suffer according to the will of God in doing good entrust their souls to him, as to a faithful Creator.”

2 Peter 3:5-7—”For this they willfully forget that there were heavens from of old, and an earth formed out of water and amid water by the word of God, by which means the world that existed then, being overflowed with water, perished. But the heavens that exist now and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”

Hebrews

Hebrews 1:2-3—“[God] has at the end of these days spoken to us in His Son, Whom He appointed heir of all things, through Whom also He made the worlds, Who being the effulgence [dazzling brightness] of His glory, and the very image of His substance, and upholding all things by the word of His power…”

Hebrews 1:10—“You, Lord, in the beginning, did lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands.”

Hebrews 2:10—” For it became Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many children to glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Hebrews 3:4—“For every house is built by someone; but He that built all things is God.”

“By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which appear.”

Hebrews 11:3

Revelation

Revelation 4:11—“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power. For You created all things, and because of Your will they were, and were created.”

Revelation 10:5-6—“And the angel that I saw standing upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him that lives forever and ever, Who created the heavens and the things that are therein, and the earth and the things that are therein, and the sea and the things that are therein, that there shall be delay no longer.”

Revelation 14:6-7—“And I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven, having eternal good tidings to proclaim to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people. And he said with a great voice, ‘Fear God and give Him glory, for the hour of His judgment is come. And worship Him that made the heavens and the earth and sea and fountains of waters.’ ”

sunrise over a lake
Sunrise over a Boundary Waters lake, Minnesota

The last couple of chapters of Revelation describe the new heavens and earth, the beauty of God and the beauty of nature in what He’s made:

Revelation 21:1-2—”I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more.  I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.”

Revelation 21:5—”He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ ”

Revelation 21:10-11—He carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, as if it were a jasper stone, clear as crystal.”

Revelation 21:18-21—”The construction of its wall was jasper. The city was pure gold, like pure glass. The foundations of the city’s wall were adorned with all kinds of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper, the second, sapphire, the third, chalcedony, the fourth, emerald, the fifth, sardonyx, the sixth, sardius, the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl, the ninth, topaz, the tenth, chrysoprase, the eleventh, jacinth, and the twelfth, amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls. Each one of the gates was made of one pearl. The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” (Wow!!)

Revelation 21:23—”The city has no need for the sun or moon to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.”

Revelation 22:1-2—”He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street. On this side of the river and on that was the Tree of Life, bearing twelve kinds of fruits, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

Revelation 22:5—”There will be no night, and they need no lamp light or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them.”

Revelation 22:17—”The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ He who hears, let him say, ‘Come!’ He who is thirsty, let him come. He who desires, let him take the water of life freely.

waterfall over rocks
“Take the water of life freely…” (Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota)

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