My personal interest has always been in the outdoors with the summer being the one exception. I’m the opposite of bears. I hibernate inside in the summer as much as possible – just can’t take the heat.
Recently I read a book about the life of a fishing/hunting guide in Alaska. When I was younger, I often thought that Alaska would have been a great place to live. Being older I’m sure that I would not like the long cold winter nights.
In the book, the author related an experience about a moose, her calf, and a grizzly bear in hot pursuit. A healthy moose minus the calf usually has a good chance against a grizzly. However, since there was a calf involved the odds were somewhat different. After a long, arduous escape attempt down the ridge and across a lake, the calf had no more energy. On the shore of the lake, the grizzly overtook the calf where it met its demise.
From a distance nature appears beautiful and serene. Up close it’s another story. Even in our back yards hawks prey on songbirds. Small critters have numerous dangers including coyotes, foxes, owls and more. In the bigger woods of Pennsylvania, black bears will prey on fawns. It is a never-ending cycle of life and death.
The Bible tells us that the whole creation was subject to futility at the fall. (Romans 8:20) The effect of sin was not just on humans, but the whole creation. In the beginning, God gave the beast of the earth only green plants for food. (Gen 1:30) There were no carnivores. However, sin affected every part of this world, as we know it.
There is a time in the future when all this will change. According to the Bible Jesus, the Messiah is going to return to earth and set up His kingdom. When He does there will not only be righteousness on earth and peace among the nations, but there will also be harmony in the animal kingdom. “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.” (Is 11:6-9) Man cannot bring about real peace on earth. Only Jesus the Messiah can and will. It will be a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him. (Dan 2:44; 7:27)
Are you prepared to be a part of His kingdom?