May 07, 2022

Our Father’s World

Romans 8:31-39

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

—  Romans 8:28

Have you stood outside on a dark, clear night, looked up at the stars, and felt small in the vastness of the universe? In such moments when we feel small and vulnerable, we can take comfort in knowing that our Father in heaven created the sun, the moon, and stars, as well as all of the earth—including each one of us.

Closely linked to God’s creating power are his sustaining and governing powers over the entire cosmos he has made. Nothing in creation is insignificant in God’s hands—not because he’s a “control freak” but because God cares for all he has made. God even knows the number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30).

Knowing that God has the whole world and every one of us in his hands, we can live with great confidence—no matter where life’s paths take us. In times of health and prosperity, we can give thanks for God’s many blessings and in turn share those blessings with others. And when we encounter difficulties and hardships, we can also give thanks. For in times like that, we grow in trust and in patience as we lean on our Father, who cares for us and will always provide for us.

God, our heavenly Father and sustainer, we have nothing to dread or fear when we lean on you, our refuge and strength. Amen.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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