Does God Look After Animals?
The Bible teaches us something very significant and encouraging about God: What God creates, God tends to. He is deeply involved in the daily lives of all His creatures.
Jesus said that God is so concerned for us that he even has the hairs on our heads numbered. This enthrallment applies not just to humans, but to all of nature as well. When Job stood before Him, the Lord informed Job that He has everything under control, even the things that Job and his friends had never even considered. Not only does God command the lightning and snow, and drive the constellations, he also responds to the call of his creatures. The Lord told Job that He provides food for the wild animals and the birds of the air. "Do you hunt the prey for the lioness," God asked Job, " and satisfy the hunger of the lions? Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? Do you count the months till they bear?" (Job 38:39-39:2)
God is immersively and expansively devoted to all his creatures’ lives. He supplies for the needs of the wild animals, cares for them when they’re injured, and answers when they call out to him. Scripture tells us that "all creatures look to you [God] to give them their food at the proper time" (Psalm 104:27), and the Lord "opens His hand, and satisfies the desires of every living thing" (Psalm 145:16). The powerful and reassuring lesson for Job and for us is that we don’t need to live in fear of being forgotten or desolate. If God cares for his animals so profoundly, how much more does He tend to us?
“Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket? Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?” (Job 38:39-41)
“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth?” (Job 39:1-2)
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. (Psalm 145:9)
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. (Psalm 36:6)
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26)
He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:25)
He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. (Psalm 147:9)
All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. (Psalm 104:27)
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. (Psalm 145:16)