“You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority- the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea and everything that swims the ocean currents.”
In Genesis chapter 1 God creates all living life and commissions mankind to care for and look after it. In verse 28, He exclaims that everything that fills the earth, man is to reign over and govern it. From the trees of the fields, to fish in the sea and even the birds in the sky. That responsibility holds true today as well.
Nature is God’s gift to mankind. It is not only necessary for us to survive but is also a beauty to behold. God has the earth in a perfect balance. The tress are there to provide oxygen for our breath, wood for our fires and shelter from the rain. The fruit, vegetables, wheat and grain provide the sustenance for our daily diets. The rain is God’s natural way of watering all of His creation. The natural springs of mountainous waters provide our daily liquid. The cows of the fields provide us with milk to produce cheeses, creams, butters and yoghurts. It is no wonder that God Himself took pleasure in His creation.
Yet if God delighted so much in creation before mankind was made, think about how much more He delights with us in it, His prime creation. However because He loved us so much, He gave us charge over all of creation, to tend the grounds, look after the animals and respect the fruit it harvests. Our response should be to care about it as much as He does. After all this is also part of our worship to Him.