“And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:11)
When we try to find the central theme of the Bible, we might not immediately think of ‘trees’. But when we take a closer look, trees are mentioned quite often! Not as main characters or major topics, but they are frequently used as metaphors or symbolic representations of important truths. In the coming days, we will read some Bible texts about trees, and see what we can learn from them.
The first time trees are mentioned, is in the creation account. Trees, like other plants, animals and humans, are purposefully created by God. They did not develop spontaneously over millions of years, but were created when God spoke them into being. And God created not just ‘a tree’ in general, but He created beauty and variety, “each according to its kind”.
Keep this Bible verse in mind when you look out of your window or walk down the street. Let the trees remind you of God your Creator, who created beauty and diversity — just by speaking. How great is our God!
Do you ever praise and thank God for His Creation and tell Him about the joy that nature gives you?