Animals in Heaven?
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
God’s creation story is the first miraculous account in the Bible, which includes His creation of animals. No one can miss God’s creative work in the animal kingdom. His written Word provides us with a snapshot of His original handiwork: “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind … And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:24–25).
We know that God gave animals to us for a purpose, because in the days of Noah, before the great Flood, God preserved every kind of animal on the ark, so they would inhabit the land again. Animals are among God’s many diverse gifts to man. Who does not smile while watching puppies or kittens playing with one another?
We boast of “man’s best friend” because a faithful dog will protect its owner at all cost. Fish are a source of food, and we love to envision the Lord Jesus sharing broiled fish with His disciples (Luke 24:42–43). We marvel to think of the Lord Jesus riding the colt of a donkey into Jerusalem, and we wait breathlessly for His appearance on a white horse from Heaven (Revelation 19:11). The Bible speaks of a day when the wolf will live with the lamb. In that day, death and evil will be destroyed, perfect peace will reign, and everything that has breath, including animals, will praise Him (Psalm 150:6).
Heavenly Father, Thank You for everything in Your creation. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.