“When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis [9:16]
“Don’t forget the animals!”
If you have ever set up a nativity decoration, you might have uttered that phrase at some point. Jesus was born in a stable, likely with animals close by. So, when we set-up decorations depicting that day, it is natural that we seek to include those animals in the scene.
In the story of Noah, God also reminds us not to forget the animals. Not only by His call to have them join Noah in the ark, but also in the covenant that God makes after they come out. For God not only makes His covenant with Noah and his descendants, but He also makes it with “every living creature” (Genesis [9:10], 16). It is unique as a covenant in that it is not just made with human beings but with His whole creation.
In many ways, the recipients of this covenant remind us that God loves His creation, and He has a plan and promise not only for human beings, but for everything that He has made. Ultimately, we see later in the story of Scripture that God has a plan to redeem not only fallen humanity, but all of creation (Romans [8:18]-21)
Therefore, because of God’s love for all His creation, we should strive to be people who love God’s creation in our lives today. Not only by enjoying it, but also by being good stewards of the incredible world that the Lord has given us. He loves what He has made and so should we.
Father, thank you for the incredible world that you have made and for all the creatures in it. Help me to have Your heart for Your world and to live as a good steward of the creation you have made. Amen.