God uses the beauty of the natural world to draw us to Himself. Enjoy over 40 moving bible verses about nature to celebrate the splendor of Creation.
Nature is God’s Tangible Witness
If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you have probably experienced times of discouragement or heartache. You may have even experienced seasons of doubting God, or His goodness.
Any time I’m tempted to feel discouragement or doubt, something always brings me back to the Truth I can’t deny. Nature is that something.
Every time I step outside, I am surrounded by supernatural power and beauty. This beauty has been a balm during my most difficult seasons. I feel God’s presence here, in nature.
God hasn’t left His Word without a witness. No, he has provided a world so vast and breathtaking that surrounds us daily, that smacks us in the face every time leave our homes and inwardly declare, “There must be a God.” This earth is simply too beautiful and intricate to think otherwise.
I love this quote from Kyle Butt, M.Div., “Somehow, we are supposed to believe that nature “miraculously” evolved… engineering marvels over multiplied millions of years by random processes. Interestingly, this explanation remains extremely difficult to maintain when presented by scientists who imply intelligence when describing nature’s non-intelligent origin.” (Read the full article Nature Sticks to Design.)
What does nature teach us about God?
As I write this, the windows are open and the first hints of a fall breeze flow through my home. I hear birds chirping, the sun is shining, and the lush greenery of summer hasn’t yet faded.
This brings to mind Romans 1:20, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Mother nature teaches us so much about God’s nature.
When I feel the warm sun on my face, I better understand “God is light, in Him is no darkness at all.”
When I gaze at the enchanting glow of the moon, I better understand our God of Wonder, that he longs for us to stand in awe of Him.
When I bathe in the lake or sea, I better comprehend the cleansing blood of Jesus that washes away my sins.
When I feel the wind whip my hair in every direction, I better understand the Holy Spirit’s power.
When I take in lush greenery and rows of food to be harvested, I think of God’s provision for His people.
When I delight in the colorful flowers in my garden, I think God’s delight in me, that He cares enough to make pretty things to simply make life happy.
When I gaze at a majestic mountain scene, I better understand “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge.”
The words of Folliott S. Pierpoint in his most famous hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth perfectly illustrate this concept:
For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r
Sun and moon and stars of light
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.– Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1864
40+ Bible Verses About Nature to Inspire You
I love that our God gives us a tangible way to see His glory, and fulfills our human longing for beauty this way. I also love that he uses examples from nature throughout the Bible to help us better understand His eternal nature. Here are over 40 of the best bible verses about nature.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.
Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
I made the earth
and created man on it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
and I commanded all their host.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.
Thus says the Lord,
who gives the sun for light by day
and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
the Lord of hosts is his name.
And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them…”
Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
and turns deep darkness into the morning
and darkens the day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out on the surface of the earth,
the Lord is his name.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
He who removes mountains, and they know it not,
when he overturns them in his anger,
who shakes the earth out of its place,
and its pillars tremble;
who commands the sun, and it does not rise;
who seals up the stars;
who alone stretched out the heavens
and trampled the waves of the sea;
who made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
who does great things beyond searching out,
and marvelous things beyond number.
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.
Remember to extol his work,
of which men have sung.
All mankind has looked on it;
man beholds it from afar.
Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
the number of his years is unsearchable.
Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars;
he thunders with his majestic voice,
and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills;
they give drink to every beast of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
they sing among the branches.
From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
He made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.
You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
The rich and the poor meet together;
the Lord is the Maker of them all.
You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
What does the Bible say about the environment?
Some might believe that humans, being made in God’s image as the pinnacle of creation, are more important than the environment and therefore all its resources should be used for our pleasure or advancement.
While it is true that humankind is the crowning glory of creation, this does not follow that we have no duty to care for the rest. On the contrary, neglecting the natural world will eventually cause future generations to suffer and shows a disrespect for the glory of God’s creation.
What does God say about protecting nature?
God tasked Adam with the important job of taking care of the garden and animals in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15). After man’s punishment, he was to work hard to cultivate the land and grow crops. From this example, we can see that caring for the natural world is the responsibility of all humans.
While we shouldn’t worship nature itself or elevate it above God, we also shouldn’t be careless and think we have no duty to care for it. There is a balance to be struck.
We can see throughout Scripture that God delights in His creation, and as His children, it is our privilege to nurture the world around us. We are essentially stewards of God’s wonderful handiwork.
Can you connect with God through nature?
In my experience, yes, you can definitely connect with God through the natural world. Experiencing its beauty may prompt you to pray, to seek him, and to learn more about Him through the Bible.
Just be careful not to elevate created things (nature) above the Creator. This is a temptation many face today and throughout past generations. Seeing the splendor of the sun, moon, stars, weather, mountains, oceans, etc., we may be tempted to worship nature itself, which is idolatry. We must remember that there is One powerful being who created it all, and that He alone is to be worshipped.
“…they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” – Romans 1:25
What are your favorite bible verses about nature? And what aspect of the natural world helps you see God most clearly? (For me, it’s the moon!)