17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the treeof which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’cursed is the ground because of you;in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;and you shall eat the plants of the field.
In my attitude of entitlement, I have always seen that creation was cursed because Adam sinned and he had to suffer as a consequence of his rebellion. I never saw the suffering that came upon creation as a result of Adam’s sin. Earth being inanimate, I never thought that it had feelings of its own and it was in pain. It is in extreme pain.
Read Romans 8:22: For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
When Jesus Christ returns not only humanity but the whole creation will be free from corruption. However, I also see that the creation is suffering due to Adam’s sin. Likewise, is it possible others suffer because we mess up. We often deny, justify, or take forgiveness for granted when we are wrong. But how is our attitude when we suffer because others have messed up? Can we forgive from our hearts and wait for the complete redemption when Jesus returns? Till that time can we be kind to nature – our earth and all that is there in it. Let us be good stewards of all the natural resources given to us.
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Samson Gandhi