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Discovery Magazine 6/1/2009

God gave us Wood

God is so loving and caring that He has provided for His creatures, especially when it comes to people. God has seen to it that we have all the necessities in order for us to live on Earth. He provides us with food, clothes, and shelter. Paul told the people in Lystra that God “gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17).

Think about how God has provided those things that are necessary to survive. According to Genesis 1:11-12, on the third day of Creation, God caused the Earth to bring forth trees. Trees have been very beneficial to humans. Not only have people used wood for tools (like hammer handles) and containers (like barrels and bowls), they have burned wood to keep warm and to cook food. Wood is very important in the construction of all kinds of buildings, including schools, church buildings, and homes. Wood is used as the “skeleton” of the house, the siding that covers the outside of the house, and the roof that covers the top of the house. Wood is used for much of the furnishings of the house, from kitchen cabinets, couches, and chairs, to stairs, trim, and flooring. Even cardboard, like cereal boxes, is made from wood. Wood is very important for humans to live comfortably.

But some people think that humans should not be allowed to cut down trees for human use. They think that trees are as important as humans and should be saved and protected. God explained that such thinking is foolish and incorrect. The environment was made to provide God’s creatures with the necessary supplies to live on Earth. Even many animals provide services for humans and must not be viewed as people. God says that humans will live beyond this life, but the entire creation, including trees, will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10).

Let us thank God for all His wonderful blessings—including wood. And let us remember that our purpose in life is not to “save the planet,” but to obey the
Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

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