He [Jesus] upholds the universe by the word of his power. Hebrews 1:3
God is a God of order. Jesus, God in the flesh, holds all things in place. As the Word, He once spoke and all things came into being; perfectly connected, in perfect working order, one molecule perfectly connected to the next one. There cannot be the slightest disorder in what God creates because He is perfect and everything He touches is perfect.
Because I am not divine, I can’t consistently hold things together nor can I speak anything into existence. I can’t orchestrate even one element of my life and make it run with perfection. I can’t speak over people and cause them to change or to walk in a perfect state of sanctification. I can’t even make myself do it!
I can’t make anyone love me who doesn’t love me. You know the frustration and the pain of that, right? Who doesn’t! But the one whose love I need the most already loves me deeply and completely. Just one small implication of today’s scripture is that God holds his love for me together and not one thing can break it, not even my disobedience. He declared His love, backed it up with the giving of His Son’s life and He will not, and cannot, end it. The covenant He spoke into existence rules and upholds it.
How do I internalize this? I am motivated, in a new way, to let the God who holds the universe together hold my life together by arranging and directing everything that pertains to me. Anything I build on my own, as well planned as I think it may be, is flawed and fragile. It is simply disordered because my mind and ingenuity have been touched by the fall. I realize this morning that when I am in control of my life, never am I more insecure and vulnerable.
God begs for my obedience because He longs for my world to be touched by kingdom order and divine security. He tells me the kind of person to call a friend, the kind of person to marry. He tells me how to function in a business, or even how to live as a good citizen. He tells me how to exercise the power I have over others and even has a lot to say about how to exercise leadership within a ministry or organization. As long as I follow His lead, I know that His plans, done His way, will be upheld by the same hands that sustain the universe. Today, my prayer is this ~
“Speak Holy Spirit. Declare Your Word over me and the life You gave me. Amen”