When I was little, I’ve experienced so many typhoons, earthquakes, and floods, and what not in the province of Catanduanes. And at some point in time, we were experiencing earthquakes, one after another, on a daily basis. We would go out of the house and stay on the ground for as long as the quakes lasted. It created a phobia and trauma in me. In order for me to deal with the earthquakes, I would shake my body as hard as I could when I knew it was coming so I wouldn’t feel the tremor as much until it was over. My parents would say, “mahukom na” or “the judgement is here.” Hukom was such a scary word for me because I thought it meant the end of the world. And I said to myself, “why would God ruin the earth He created?” It didn’t make sense to me.
Will earth remain forever? Will it be brought to ruin? The creator of the universe gives us books to reveal the answer to these questions. All we have to do is open our Bible. Do you have one? If not, let me know and I will give you one.
James 1:17 – “Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, for it comes down from the father of the celestial lights, and with him there is not a variation of the turning of the shadow.” James’ account gives a picture of the beautiful earth and where it originates.
Psalm 115:16 – “As regards the heavens, to God (Jehovah) the heavens belongs, but the earth He has given to the sons of men.”
Isaiah 45:18 – “For this is what Jehovah has said, the Creator of the heavens, He the true God, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to the inhabited. “I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.” So God created earth not to tear it apart or bring to destruction but for people to live in it.
Ecclesiastes 1:4 – “A generation is going, and a generation is coming, but the earth is standing even to time indefinite.”
Of all the planets known to men, earth is obviously the prettiest. When an astronaut went to space, the only colors that he saw were emanating from the earth like the royal blue of the sea, the tans and browns of the earth, the luscious greens of the forest, etc. God created it perfectly for us to inhabit and so we should do anything in our power to take care of the earth.
Nowadays, humans because of greed and selfishness mismanaged the earth. Will the earth’s damage beyond repair as a result? No! God (Jehovah) produced an ecosystem to help the earth recover. He has a way of fixing things. Like a polluted water can be filtered by passing it through rocks or gravels. Even though humans have caused so much destruction on this earth, God, will restore our earth like it used to be because earth is meant to be inhabited. Ecclesiastes 7:29 says “See! This only I have found, that the true God made mankind upright, but they themselves have sought out many plans.”
But Psalm 37:29 says, “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” It shows that the earth will be here forever for the righteous ones, the meek ones, and teachable ones to dwell on it. 2 Peter 3:5-7 says “For, according to their wish, this fact escapes their notice, that there were heavens from of old and an earth standing compactly out of water and in the midst of water by the word of God. and by those means the world of that time suffered destruction when it was deluged with water. But by the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of the destruction of the ungodly men.” Proverbs 2:21-22 – “For the upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it. And as regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth, and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it.”
Revelation 21: 3-5 says “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say “Look! The tent of god is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. and God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”"
Isaiah 60:13 says “To you the very glory of Lebanon will come, the juniper tree, the ash tree, and the cypress at the same time, in order to beautify the place of my sanctuary and I shall glorify the very place of my feet.” The very place of God’s feet is the earth itself.
God’s name means he causes to be or to become. And He will make sure that our beautiful planet earth is here to stay.