As a child, I was fascinated by animals. The account of Noah’s Ark captured my attention at an early age. I never outgrew that attraction. Fifty plus years have passed by since I became aware of God’s call on my life to ministry, and I am still intrigued by God’s fauna. Across those years, I have prepared more than fifty sermons and devotionals that have a connection to the Lord’s animal kingdom.
Long before Dr. Doolittle ‘talked to the animals’, God’s word spoke of lessons to be learned from His creatures. It is as if the words recorded in Job 12:7-10 were spoken to me as well as Job: “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
Even a cursory overview of the animal kingdom convinces me of the heavenly Father’s creative design. There is common thread running throughout all of the creatures with whom we share the earth. What a blessed assurance for the children of God to know that “in his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” The breath of life that animates us also enlivens all of His creation. Jesus Himself taught many lessons utilizing examples from the animal kingdom. It is difficult for me to think of a bird, an ant, a fox, or sheep without recalling the masterful analogies of the Savior.
If you are ever looking for a theme for Bible study, you might get a good commentary or, in this day, do a Google search of scripture focused on God’s care of His creatures. Refresh your mind of His tender care of the sheep. Remember how He feeds the sparrows. Also, heed the warnings He gives by evoking thoughts of certain fierce animals. In one verse Jesus draws on our awareness of four different animals to teach a lesson: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless doves” (Matthew 10:16).
Prayer: Lord speak to us through your incredible creatures. All of creation declares Your glory.
~ Brother Roy