Out of Order
Preface: No question, this world is coming to an end; it will not last forever. And yes, Jesus is coming soon. All that’s true, but nothing in these truths gives us the right, or the mandate, to defile the earth. If anything, as Christians, we should seek to take care of the world that our God has created for us.
“The Sabbath bids us behold in His created works the glory of the Creator.”1
The Sabbath was instituted as the celebration of a perfect creation. There was no disease or distress connected to Sabbath. It was part of a perfect cycle.”The order and harmony of creation spoke to them of infinite wisdom and power.”2
Humanity, as free moral agents, had a choice of being inside or outside that perfect order. In choosing to live outside God’s perfect synchrony, human life became out of order and out of control. The Sabbath time of contemplating God’s perfect order in nature—juxtaposing ourselves to it and to the Creator of order, promotes healing of our out-of-control, out-of-order lives.
God created all things in nature to please the nervous system and senses of humanity. The gentleness of the breeze, birds singing, waves upon the sand or trickling waterfalls, patches of bright flowers scattered about on the landscape, soothe and delight human beings. Even the ocean bursts with beautiful colors—fish, coral, and the water itself. We are to enjoy God’s creation, not destroy it. “Life in the open air is good for body and mind. It is God’s medicine for the restoration of health.”3
“In the minds of the children the very thought of the Sabbath should be bound up with the beauty of natural things.”4 “There is health and happiness for him in the study of nature.”5
I live in a beach community where artists frequently display their attempts to capture on canvas the beauty of our surrounding nature. As I look at their paintings and then glance about me at the “real thing,” the canvas seems starkly flat in comparison. The Sabbath is time for us to “behold in His created works the glory of the Creator”6—not of another’s interpretation, but of God’s interpretation through the nature that He surrounded us with from the beginning.
“The Sabbath points them to the works of creation as an evidence of His mighty power in redemption. While it calls to mind the lost peace of Eden, it tells of peace restored through the Saviour. And every object in nature repeats His invitation, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest’. Matt. 11:28.”7
1. Counsels on Health, p. 165.
2. Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 51.
3. Counsels on Health, p. 166.
4. Education, p. 251.
5. Counsels on Health, p. 178.
6. My Life Today, p. 140.
7. The Desire of Ages, p. 289.