And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28
Lately, I’ve had opportunities to travel by airplane more than normal. One of the things that’s cool about the view from the sky is that you can truly see how man has lived out this mandate from God to “fill the earth and subdue it.” Genesis 1:28
I took this photo while we were approaching the Oklahoma City Airport. I marvel and delight in God’s creative power. I also marvel as I see how man has subdued the earth.
Stacy’s grandfather (who’s 97 by the way) once commented about how God had put all the materials man needed to build an airplane in or on the earth for us to discover, assemble and build. That was a new thought for me. Shouldn’t we be amazed that all the stuff (along with the intelligence and desire) we’ve needed to make the tools and toys we use, have been given to us by the Creator?
Here are a few important questions we should ask ourselves:
How am I filling and subduing the earth?
How am I creating and cultivating on the earth?
How am I making the world a better place to live?
Its springtime, so many are doing yard work, planting flowers, tending gardens, and doing household projects. As you engage these activities, would you thank God for and celebrate the ability He gave you to fill and subdue the earth? Even better, talk with your family about the fact that God placed this desire in our hearts and mandate on our lives.
Here is an even more important question… as you ‘subdue the earth’ in work or hobby time, are you bringing glory to God? Men, talk about this with your family. This is an especially fun conversation to have with your sons. Talk about God’s directive to mankind in Genesis 1:28 and the specific work God gave Adam to do in Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work and keep it.”
Celebrate your son’s desires to engage and even change the world around them. And… give them some freedom to do this. We have a huge foxhole in our backyard, several bridges over a dry creek, climbing ropes in trees and numerous other evidences of our boys’ subduing of the earth. Small steps like this help boys become men!