11 June 2010
By the divine powers of the great God the globe of the earth is suspended, and the circle of the great abyss set, held up by God, by the mighty hand of the Omnipotent.
- Columcille, Altus Prosator (Irish, 6th century)
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
- Hebrews 1.3
Once the meaning and implications of the sovereignty of God and Jesus Christ begin to become real to you, your faith will change forever. You think you know the love of Christ, because you feel forgiven and you know He looks down on you with favor. Indeed. But if that's all you know of the love of Christ, it's no wonder your prayer life is so paltry.
Even as you take mild offense at that last sentence, the Lord upholds the photons of light streaming off the computer screen into your eyes, where, by His continuous sovereignty, He translates light into electricity and chemistry, speeding it along the neurons of your brain where, by some miracle of spiritual existence, meaning comes through. Every breath you take, every molecule and atom of your body, of the chair in which you're seated and the room around you is there, and remains there, because Jesus holds it in place. He loves you that much.
And even when you aren't thinking about Him, He never takes His eye off you, never withdraws His personal attention to all your needs, never fails to dispatch His angels to guard you or to direct His Spirit in how to guide you. He is with you always, sovereignly and lovingly doing all things well and working all things together for your good. If you love Him.
He is sovereign. Don't fret the small stuff. Don't worry about the unknown. Don't lose sight of His mission and purpose for you. He is sovereign and He will never fail you nor forsake you. With that message burned into the depths of their souls, young Irish monks felt fires of love igniting for Jesus, and they went by the thousands into unknown cultures and lands to declare the message that Jesus is sovereign, and that He loves us.
If only that message would work for us.
Today in ReVision: Count on It - The churches will be there to help in the Gulf.
This Week's Download: Faithfulness in Ministry - Get a copy for your pastor. Will he thank you? He should.
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