In a previous article we noted that it is God who is in control of His creation. Mankind is to be a good steward of God’s creation but he is not the giver or sustainer of life. Mankind, in all his genius to develop weapons of mass destruction and spread propaganda that man has the power to eradicate his existence from this planet, promotes that cyclical lie to those who think more highly of themselves than they ought. Recall that with the invention of the atomic bomb, much press was given to the potential annihilation of humanity. Man claimed that he now had power to annihilate life from the planet. Wrong! That is God’s prerogative; He creates and He destroys. Therefore, the notion that man possesses such power is evil since it contradicts Scripture. One should ponder then who the source of these propositions since it is not from God. Job, living some four thousand years ago understood that …“He bestows rain on the earth; he sends water upon the countryside” (Job 5:10). Solomon reminds us that … “No man has power over the wind to contain it” (Eccl 8:8). Furthermore Israel’s king wrote … “As you do not know the path of the wind , or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things” (Eccl 11:5). "For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's; upon them he has set the world” (1 Sam 2:8). Not only is God the Creator of all things, but He is also the preserver and sustainer of life. “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me” (Ps 54:4). Nehemiah wrote … “You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you” (Neh 9:5-6). Mankind in his arrogance attempts to credit himself with that over which only God has authority … “He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast? He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes and waters flow” (Ps 147:15-18). Remember … “The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters” (Ps 24:1-2). “O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions — This great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great” (Ps 104:24-25). He appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down. You make darkness, and it is night” (Ps 104:19-20). Since the Creator is owner of His creation, it follows logically that He has the power to prevent any outside force from destroying His creation. Man may abuse God’s creation and he does, but God does not yield its ownership over to man to either perpetuate or terminate its existence. In fact, during the millennial reign of Christ the earth will be restored as in the original creation … “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind” (Is 65:17). The Apostle Peter gives us insight into the future … “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare” (2 Peter 3:10). That is God’s doing, but the Scriptures do not conclude with doom and destruction, for the apostle tells us … “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:12). God’s Word emphatically declares that man is subject to the Creator, the same Creator who came to earth to purchase mankind from the slavery of sin. By His death, burial and resurrection He offers eternal life to all who will place their faith in Him and a future of unimaginable joy and beauty.