When Brendan and I travelled with our family on holiday down through Ireland, we saw that there is plenty of space in the countryside, forests and bogland uninhabited. When we fly over Canada we see wide open plains below with few towns. As I travel through Slovakia I see open fields, valleys and plenty of forest lands.
Why do people say there is not enough room on the earth for people to live? Why do people want to control the population of the world, saying there is not enough food? Will not God look after mankind, whom he made in his image.
In these open places wild life abound. No one sees this abundance of life except God. We have the priveledge of admiring the wild life that turns up near to where we live. The blackbirds in our garden, the fox that comes to steal the chicken, or the swallows or swans that fly overhead. Where do they lay their head at night?
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20 NIV)
We only get a glimpse of the beauty of living creatures from nature programmes.
In Job the writer says,
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.
Who gives the ibis wisdom or gives the rooster understanding?
“Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions
Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food? (Job 38:4, 16, 18, 36, 39, 41 NIV)
“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return. “Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes? I gave it the wasteland as its home, the salt flats as its habitat.
“Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night?
“The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare with the wings and feathers of the stork. (Job 39:1, 4-6, 9, 13 NIV)
We only see a small part of what God has created. He cares for it all.
I saw this photograph today. It reminded me of the verse when Jesus said,
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:28-29, 31) NIV.
God will look after you and provide for you.