By Marni Montanez
New Century Version (NCV)
10 Good people take care of their animals,
but even the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel
It is obvious that God wants us to take care of His creation. He didn't create animals for us to abuse, just as He didn't create human beings so we could abuse each other. It says in His word that He created all the animals and it was good to Him. Whatever God has created it is good.
This verse reflects God's intentions when He created animals. At the very beginning after God created everything one of the callings or assignments He gave us was to take care of all He created and this includes animals. God's creation is important to Him. He went into detail shaping and perfecting what He wanted on earth for His good pleasure.
This verse is specific to our attitude toward animals. But it reveals a person's heart. God points out that a person with a godly or kind heart takes care of their animals. It is our responsibility as Christians to make sure all the cruelty is stopped in factory farms, zoos, circuses and every other place where animals are abused. We can be a strong force against Satan's plan of animal cruelty in our prayers first and in our actions.
This part of scripture was specifically and purposely added into the pages of the old testament. It is put in the book of Proverbs and proverbs is the book of wisdom. God is conscientious about animals which means we must be. As believers we are commissioned to be the caretakers of all of God's creation.
Challenge: Here is an article that gives good ideas about helping God's creation: Dogs. I challenge you to read it and do something on that list. But if you can't, please pray for them. Prayers can bring the Kingdom of heaven into any place.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.