Genesis 1:26-28 (New Living Translation)
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. THEY WILL REIGN over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
While to reign is to rule over things, people and places, to reign also implies to govern – which means to manage the affairs of a thing, people and place, guided by reasoned principles and laws. Where rulers obey and enforce the laws, there will be justice and peace, where rulers are lawless, there will injustice and conflict.
To reign sensibly over fish in the sea, birds in the sky, and animals on land, is to manage them in line with the laws of nature. If we were to capture all animals on land, transport and release them in the middle of the ocean, it is likely they will all die.
To reign, rule, and lead sensibly, requires understanding the conditions under which things and people we manage would be the best they are created to be. To reign with good sense, we must be lifelong learners, with God as our first teacher.
May we have the humility to be lifelong learners, in order to reign with good sense, in our homes, work places, community, government, and in the Church, Amen!