28 Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
30 when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?
– Job 38
These verses cannot be compatible either with Theistic Evolution or Intelligent Design, which essentially say that God began things or enters into creation sparsely, but largely is absent as nature takes its natural processes. Yet, these verses, and scores like them, bespeak an intimacy – at times an extreme intimacy – of God with his creation. Here he is the “father” of rain and “gives birth” to frost. Yes, it is poetic language, but to what is this intimacy referring – abstract distance?
But if rain is said to have a father, how then should we view and treat nature?