“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” Francis of Assisi
Nature obeys the voice of the Lord. “And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land” (Jonah 2:11). Animals are God’s secret agents. God opens the mouth of Balaam’s ass reprimanding the wayward prophet. Or, remember the dogs that refused to bark on the eve of Israel’s exodus (cf. Exodus 11: 7)?
In Matthew 8:23-27, while Jesus sleeps in the boat, a storm erupts threatening the lives of the apostles. Once awake and in the midst of the storm, Jesus asks, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.” Jesus invites His children to have authority over nature promising, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”
Nature is an agent of God’s mercy. “And should I (i.e. the Lord) not be concerned over the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot know their right hand from their left, not to mention all the animals?” Jonah 4:11. It’s as though God says, “Jonah if you can’t love Ninvevah can’t you at least love the animals?” In Luke 12:7. Jesus asks, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. “God mercies God uses nature to save Jonah (and everyone). Yael Shemesh of Bar Ilan University add these insights:
Nature is an agent of God’s wrath. In the last days, God will unleash nature. As the nation of Israel was delivered and Egypt judged through 10 supernatural acts of nature, the Church will be rescued and Babylon judged by nature (cf. Exodus 7-11; Revelation 8-9; 11; 16). The final test, (cf. the Lord’s Prayer: “forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test” and “But pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath” (cf. Matthew 24) might be on the horizon. Our job is not to forecast His coming but to be “Jonah’s” to our Ninevah. Our Ninevites don’t know “their right hand from their left” (cf. Jonah 4:11) so we start from ground zero needing all of the staging props (i.e. miracles) we can muster (by faith of course).
Nature is God’s evangelist.
Psalm 19 reminds us, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” Joshua refers to a “stone that will be our witness, for it has heard all the words which the LORD spoke to us. It shall be a witness against you, should you wish to deny your God.” (Joshua 24) Jesus prophesied, “I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:40)
If we fail to be God’s agents, God might use one of His creations to change our country’s course.