SUSTAINER OF ALL THINGS
Son is the radiance of God's glory... sustaining all things
by His powerful word" (Hebrews 1:3, NIV).
through Jesus Christ, has created all things and sustains
all things (see Hebrews 1:2,3). All creation is constantly
held together and guided with intent and purpose toward a
sublime goal by Jesus Christ.
power He upholds the entire universe and keeps the myriads
of heavenly bodies in their appointed paths. He sustains all
things by the same power by which He created all things. Paul
observes that by Christ all things consist, or are held together
(see Colossians 1:17). Our Creator-Redeemer does not merely
sustain the physical universe, but He does so with a purpose
and by special design.
is no absentee landlord. He is personally and directly involved
in the task of "sustaining all things" in the complex
operation of His vast creative handiwork. What is true of
Christ's continuous involvement in the physical universe is
equally true of His involvement in the spiritual well-being
of those He has created. Christ's work of redemption is irrefutable
evidence of His transforming and sustaining power. The Christ
who upholds the vast universe constantly sustains, protects,
and leads His people on to the restoration of a perfect universe.
Commenting on Christ's role as the sustainer of all things,
Ellen G. White wrote, "His energy is still exerted in
upholding the objects of His creation. It is not because the
mechanism that has once been set in motion continues to act
by its own inherent energy, that the pulse beats, and breath
follows breath; but every breath, every pulsation of the heart,
is an evidence of the all-pervading care of Him in whom 'we
live, and move, and have our being.' (Acts 17:28)."--Patriarchs
and Prophets, p. 115.
Prayer Today: Lord, because You created and uphold
all things, I am confident of Your saving and sustaining grace.