AN AMAZING FACT: Our oceans contain 97 percent of the water on Earth and 99 percent of our planet’s living space. Less than 10 percent of this space has been explored by humans. In 2010, the world’s first “Ocean Census” was released. After 10 years of research, scientists discovered at least 20,000 new species of ocean animals. Some of these were found in areas that had already been well explored. Researchers believe there might be millions of ocean species that have yet to be identified.
The oceans of the world contain strange, mysterious, and sometimes alien-looking creatures of every imaginable shape and size: fish like living gems; corals in hundreds of forms and colors; immense, intelligent mammals that follow the pathways of the sea. What treasures are hidden in those storehouses of the deep!
The incredible diversity we find in the ocean shows us that our Creator is a God who enjoys endless variety and stunning beauty … and wants to share it with us.
The Bible encourages us to study the world God made in all its intricacy. It assures us that wisdom comes from studying nature. Spending time in God’s “other book” gives us a chance to draw closer to the Creator and to be amazed by the splendor and harmonization of the living things He has made.
The majesty of the ocean and its myriad of creatures is just one reason we should stand in awe of the One who spoke it into existence.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Psalms 33:7-9