Out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man. The man gave names to all. Genesis 2: 19,20
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. Luke 12: 6
God’s creative work is a remarkably beautiful thing. Note how it is described: “God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air.” The manner in which this act of creation itself is portrayed should cause us to pause. Creation is not the result of a fist-full of cosmic mud flung into space, and a happy result of nature’s impulsive, convenient, and propitious nexus with opportunity and chance. These sparrows, cardinals, eagles, finches, swallows, doves, geese, and parrots are the creative work of God. He made everyone of them. And he brought them to Adam that he might name them.
We still have these works of art, and can see them every day. Whether it is the sparrow in our bird feeder, the hummingbirds coming to the bottlebrush plant in our back yard, the ducks at the nearby park, or the egrets, cranes, and other waterfowl at High Island: God’s handiwork is constantly on display.
And it doesn’t stop there, according to Jesus. Not only has God created us and all creatures, and given us our eyes, ears, our reason and all our senses, he still takes care of them. God didn’t just make the world and let it go. He preserves, protects, provides for, and watches over all that he has made. Not even a sparrow is lost from his sight.
It is one thing to acknowledge that God is the Creator of all that exists. There are even logical reasons to believe this. Faith, however, sees even beyond that to God’s ongoing care for his creation. The next step I take will be possible because God designed the human body as he did and provided laws of nature that allow us to live and move and have our being.
All this says nothing of the ruin of creation by man’s sin, or the redemption of creation by Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Even now, the whole creation groans in travail awaiting the restoration of all things to their pristine glory (cf. Romans 8:21-23). In the mean time, as we wait, we do well to remember with great joy God’s creation and keeping of it. Martin Luther said, 500 years ago, that because of all this it is our duty to “thank and praise, serve and obey him.” This is most certainly true.