CREATED AND SUSTAINED
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Col. 1:17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
These two verses describe two of the incredible characteristics or works of our great God. He is the creator of all things and by Him all things are held together. Not just some things, all things. Even though it may appear at times that your world is random and out of control, in the midst of the apparent confusion, He holds all things in His hands. Most people, when really challenged, believe in a Creator who initiated all things. Those same people, many times see the Lord as detached and uninvolved in our day to day lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. He is personally and intimately involved in every detail of your life. He not only created you, He is sustaining you every day. Martin Luther spoke of thes attributes of the Lord, check out his thoughts.
“No creature can assist in its own creation or sustain itself. Similarly, we didn’t create ourselves, and we can’t keep ourselves alive for a single moment by our own strength. God alone is responsible for our growth and development. Without him, we would have died a long time ago. If our Creator, who continues to work, and his coworker, Christ, were to stop their work, everything would break down in an instant. This truth inspires us to confess, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” If God hadn’t been sustaining us all along, we would have died long ago—even in infancy or at birth.
The writer of Hebrews also teaches us about how God creates and sustains us: “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” In other words, the author of Hebrews is saying that through Christ, the Father continually makes the invisible become visible. He makes what is nonexistent come into existence. A hundred years ago none of us could be seen. People who will be born ten or twenty years from now can’t be seen either. They haven’t been born and don’t exist yet. But when they are born, they will become visible and real.”
Our world is changing every day at His direction. He is the master orchestra conductor, directing all things to display His glory. It is so easy to become distracted with the everyday problems in our lives that can sometimes seem quite overwhelming. Faith sees beyond the circumstances and beholds the glory of the Lord. Take the examples of men and women in the Bible. Many times their trials would last for years (think Joseph, Abraham, And Job) but at the end of the day, the plan of God would become quite clear. Our faith grows strong as we worship Him in the valleys knowing that He is the Creator and by Him all things are held together.