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God’s Purpose for Living Creatures

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. “And God made the beast of the earth…and everything that creepeth upon the earth…and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:25. God created all things for himself. God saw what He created that it was good. God chose a people unto himself out of sovereign grace and according to His good pleasure for the praise of His own name. God placed that people He created in the midst of the world to enjoy His creation and to praise His holy name. That is our purpose, God’s covenant people, to praise His holy name.

But what purpose does God have for living creatures? He gave them to us as pictures. We can see and learn His way for us in the world of living creatures. Through His creation all men know God, that is, that there is a God. No man will be left without excuse. All men will have to admit that they saw Him in the created world. His works are all around us.

God’s creation is marvelously and intrinsically endowed with creatural organisms both great and small. From the giant Redwoods of the west coast to the microscopic, glass-housed idatoms of the sea; from the mammoth whales of the ocean to the smallest animalia that roam the most distant deserts; all of these organisms, some astonishingly large, as well as, the seemingly insignificant microscopically small, all have their place in His creation.

The diatoms, a brown algae form, provide food for virtually all the aquatic life in the oceans and seas. They also provide a very large percentage of the oxygen that we breathe. Tiny, but oh so important!

Solomon tells us in Proverbs 6:6, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Even the tiny, seemingly insignificant ant is a picture lesson for us.

Think of the ugly caterpillar, a picture of us in our sins. Now watch as it spins its chrysalis, rests for a while, later to emerge a beautiful winged butterfly, a picture of our resurrection.

The birds, those little winged creature, fly about without a burden of care. They trust their heavenly maker for all their needs. Do we? They also sing, sing praise to their heavenly maker. “Let the heavens and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moveth therein.” Psalm 69:34.

“O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches.” Psalm 104:24.

“The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.” Psalm 111:2.