Monday, December 8, 2008

~The Sustainer of All Things~

[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. - Colossians 1:15-20

Did you know that there are forces in nature that science can’t explain? Forces such as gravity, centrifugal force, and others. Scientists can study them; they can analyze them; they can even measure them, but they don’t know why they are there.

One of the physicists who developed the Big Bang Theory puzzled over how we could live in a world in which practically every object was a potential nuclear explosion, and yet not be blown to bits. Carl Darrow, a physicist at Bell Laboratories, wrote that these particles have no right to be alive at all—they never should have been created and, if created, they should have blown up instantly. Yet there is something that relentlessly holds them together.

What is this force that keeps the universe intact? Where does the power come from to keep us from instantly dissolving into one massive nuclear explosion? The answer is found in Colossians 1:17, "[Jesus] is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Not only did He create all things (verse v. 16), but by His hand we are held together. Jesus Christ is the power behind every mysterious force in the universe.

Someday at the time of His Father’s choosing and as 2 Peter 3:10-12 teaches, Jesus will withdraw His sustaining influence and there will be a blowout such as none of us has ever imagined.

Then, after our old universe has passed away, He will create a new heaven and a new earth, where we will live with Him forever (2 Peter 3:13).

By just a word of His power (Hebrews 1:3), Jesus holds all things together. He is the relentless force in the universe, and although unbelieving men and women turn away from Him, we worship Him as the central figure in all time and space. He is supreme; He is eternal; He is the Sustainer of all things. By James McDonald

There is no burden He could not carry for you.

Have a GREAT Tuesday!



Denise said...

Bless you dear one, love you.

Laurie Ann said...

Awesome devotion - Jesus truly is the glue that holds us together.

Jenn_N_Luc said...

Excellent devotion! Thanks!

You will happy to see I have an update!!

Christina said...

I really liked this. I just can't imagine that so many people don't believe when there are so many things that can't be explained by science or anything else. My 9 year old always asks "how do I know God is there if I can't see him." and I always say "you can't see oxygen but your breathing it." Although science can try to explain oxygen we still have to have faith that it is there at all.