10 Bible verses about animals...

...and what they tell us about God’s heart for his creation.

Genesis 1:21: “So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”

God is not only creative enough to create everything from the peacock to the goblin shark (yes, that’s a real thing!), but he also made sure that all of his creation is good. That includes us!

Jeremiah 8:7:Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the Lord.”

While the animals instinctively know what season it is, and how to respond to changes in life, people tend to be less intuitive. We know what God’s requirements are, but we still don’t always follow them. Maybe we need to ‘be more dog’ and respond to his leading rather than following our own noses.

Luke 12:24:Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” 

We matter to God! And given that he clothes and feeds the birds without them even having to ask, we can trust that he is able and willing to do the same for us. Praise him in song, just as the birds he created do!

Proverbs 12:10:The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”

God cares about the way we look after our animals, and if we want to be righteous it seems we must take care of his creation. Cruelty toward animals and other people is a sign of wickedness…

Psalm 104:21:The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.”

This is quite a strange little verse because if lions were to roar close to their prey they would surely remain hungry! The implication here is that the lions cry out to God to meet their needs. They seek him. Let’s follow the example of our furry friends.

Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”

We were made to rule over the fish and the birds and the animals, but with great power comes great responsibility. Rule does not equal cruel! In honouring God’s creation we honour him.

Proverbs 6:6-8: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

The ant is a pretty impressive creature. It’s hard to think of a more industrious or community-minded being on this earth. We can learn a lot from this tiny insect and many others in the amazing animal kingdom God has gifted us with.

Job 12:7-10: “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.”

Just as the animals recognise God’s amazing provision and ingenuity, so should we. Our lives should be lived in gratitude to him for giving us life and sustaining us. If you don’t do that regularly, study the animals and see how they glorify him. Then come up with some creative ways to do the same thing!

Psalm 8:6-9: “You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

We have dominion over all the living creatures, but let’s never forget who has dominion over us. We are all subjects of God’s kingdom, and we live to serve him. His name is majestic because he is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We rule only over the things he has created. What a humbling thought…

Psalm 148:7-12: “Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.”

Isn’t it amazing to think that oceans and clouds do his bidding? And that trees and birds and cattle are also in on the action? Sometimes we think it’s only us humans who were created for a purpose, but God is much more creative than that. If you don’t know what your purpose is, why not ask him today?