The Son is . . . sustaining all things by his powerful word.
If you are holding the printed booklet of these Today devotions in your hands, notice that the pages are all held together by a couple of staples so that the booklet doesn’t fall apart. If you are reading digitally, imagine a book held together by its binding. This is the image we have of Christ; he is holding all things together.
Earlier this week we focused on Christ as the maker of all things. And here we note that he is holding it all together. This image is powerful. In Christ all things were made, and through Christ all things are sustained and held together. God did not create all things and then leave them be. Through Christ, all things are being sustained and held together.
This serves as a powerful reminder that God is in control. The Heidelberg Catechism helps us see how we can respond to this: “We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing in creation will separate us from his love” (Q&A 28).
Whenever life seems to be going out of control, we have this assurance that God is holding everything together. Find rest and peace in knowing that Christ is “sustaining all things by his powerful Word.”
Lord, thank you for holding all things together through your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to rest in knowing this. Amen.
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