Read Psalm 104:24
24 O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures. (NLT)
Some religions are very ‘spiritual’ in the sense of being other-worldly. The material world of here and now does not matter. It is something we are to leave behind, dismiss, or even lament. And in fact some brands of Christianity can reinforce that notion. Faith is all about ridding ourselves of this world, distancing ourselves from this world.
It is a sad misreading of the faith. As our text reminds us, God made this world. And it seems he called it good. God chose to create a material reality, not just some sort of spiritual ether. God chose to enter into this material world in the form of a material human body. Christianity takes ‘matter’ very seriously.
Our natural world is shot through with the supernatural. The wonderful intricacies of creation, the beauties of creation, are evidence of a personal and creative being. God reveals himself through his creation and invites us to enjoy it and care for it.
The Bible even suggests that this present creation is the forerunner for the new heavens and new earth promised to those who embrace the Creator. God delights in his natural and human creation. He is beyond the material; he is not to be confused with nature. And yet he is intimately involved in it.
We are invited to see something of the supernatural in the anything but natural world around us.