In recent weeks the natural world around us has come into its full glory, despite the spells of unseasonably cold and wet weather. The splendour of God’s world thrills our hearts and reminds us of his great faithfulness. After the great flood, God made a wonderful promise to Noah and his family, and to all the generations which would follow, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease.” This promise has been kept throughout history. Each year we are glad to see the new life of spring and the long days of summer.
In the Western world many people do not acknowledge God’s faithfulness, and some deny it. We take for granted the order God has established and maintains in his world. Some influential people say that the laws of nature came about by pure chance and that the progress of the human race is inevitable. They have great confidence that our future is entirely in our own hands. But the continuing, and deepening economic crisis, has seriously dented future confidence. It is clear that our world leaders are not in control, nor do they have all the answers.
In good times and bad, we can put our confidence in the living God. Jesus taught his disciples not to worry about how their daily needs would be met. He said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they are? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith.”
So every day the natural world around us teaches us important lessons about God and his faithfulness. It reminds us of his goodness and faithfulness as he feeds the birds and exquisitely clothes the flowers. As we face an unknown and uncertain future we can put our trust in him and know that, whatever happens, he will always be faithful.