6 Bible Verses That Guide Us in Caring for Creation

Scripture helps us see the world with God’s eyes

How should we care for creation?

In our deeply politicized culture, talking about how to live in our world can be intimidating. But God’s Word is full of wisdom that can guide us in stewarding creation.

It starts at the beginning of Scripture, when we see that God was very pleased with everything he made (Genesis 1:31). Even after sin entered the world, God still showed his care for his creation. The Bible is clear that we must not worship creation—or anything else—instead of God (Exodus 20:4-5). But it also celebrates the beauty and majesty of the world God has made. It describes the world as something we should enjoy and treasure. In addition, it reminds us that all of creation points us to the Creator:

How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory!
How plainly it shows what he has done!

Psalm 19:1 GNT

Through his Word, God communicates the value of the world. Explore these six verses and find fresh inspiration from Scripture as you seek to take care of the creation around you.

God’s creation is a testimony of who he is.

Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made.

Romans 1:20a GNT

God gave human beings the responsibility to care for his creation.

Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.”

Genesis 1:26 GNT

God’s creation is something to enjoy, explore, and treasure.

LORD, you have made so many things!
How wisely you made them all!
The earth is filled with your creatures.
There is the ocean, large and wide,
where countless creatures live,
large and small alike.

Psalm 104:24-25 GNT

Our faith helps us rightly view and value God’s creation.

It is by faith that we understand that the universe was created by God’s word, so that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen.

Hebrews 11:3 GNT

All of God’s creation is waiting to be set free from the sin and brokenness of a fallen world.

All of creation waits with eager longing for God to reveal his children. For creation was condemned to lose its purpose, not of its own will, but because God willed it to be so. Yet there was the hope that creation itself would one day be set free from its slavery to decay and would share the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that up to the present time all of creation groans with pain, like the pain of childbirth. But it is not just creation alone which groans; we who have the Spirit as the first of God’s gifts also groan within ourselves as we wait for God to make us his children and set our whole being free.

Romans 8:19-23 GNT

God promises that a new heaven and a new earth will be part of his new creation, where he will dwell with his people forever.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth disappeared, and the sea vanished. And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared and ready, like a bride dressed to meet her husband. I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: “Now God’s home is with people! He will live with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared.”

Revelation 21:1-4 GNT

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Elisabeth Trefsgar
Elisabeth Trefsgar

Elisabeth Trefsgar is a content specialist for American Bible Society. She has made a home in New Jersey and Sofia, Bulgaria, and is always on the lookout for the next adventure. She is passionate about seeing communities around the world flourish through the power of God's Word and the efforts of the local church. When she isn't writing, you can find her reading good stories, photographing local sights, and spending time with friends.

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