Crosfigell

The Upholding Word

He cares for the cosmos. He cares for you.

For, just as in the case of one who speaks, when he stops speaking, his voice ceases and disappears, so also with the heavenly Father, should he stop speaking his Word, the effect of his Word – the created universe – would cease to exist. For the very continuance of the created universe is the speech of God the Father, the eternal and unchangeable generation of his Word.

  - Eriugena, Homily on John 1.1-14, Irish, 9th century[1]

He sends out His command
to the earth;
His word runs very swiftly. 
He gives snow like wool;
He scatters the frost like ashes;
He casts out His hail like morsels;
Who can stand before His cold?
He sends out His word and melts them;
He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.

  - Psalm 147.15-18

We had our first snow of the season the other day, a welcome portent of winter and the glorious everywhere-glistening New England assumes at this time of year.

It wasn’t long, though, and it was gone. The Lord Who gives snow like wool sends out His Word and melts it. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

The world and everything in it continue to exist only by the pleasure and power of God. Were it not that the Word of God, enthroned at the Father’s right hand, upholds all things by His power, they would all cease to be (Heb. 1.3). In Him, everything holds together (Col. 1.17); thus, all things speak of and reveal Him in some way, inviting us, whatever the weather or conditions, to reflect on the greatness and goodness of our King.

Unbelievers snort at such a notion; even most Christians hardly give it a thought. But by their very continuance, the creation and everything in it summon us to give thanks and praise to King Jesus. Everything in life, joyous blessing or heart-wrenching trial, is fraught with reasons to marvel and tremble and rejoice before a Power we cannot fathom, but can experience and know.

Every electron circling the nucleus of every atom throughout the whole vast cosmos holds its course, not because of some impersonal material “law” insisting it must, but because the Word of God commands and sustains it in precisely the course and function He has determined. He attends to every atom and particle of the universe. And He continuously attends to all the precious and very great promises He has made to us His people.

So regular – the Scriptures would say, “faithful” – is the Word of God in His maintenance of the cosmos, that His ways (which are past finding out) can appear to take the form of physical laws, embedded in the stuff of the cosmos. But they only appear thus, for the Word of God is free to suspend or alter His ways at His pleasure, at which time we observe a miracle. The “laws” of physics do not rule the universe. Christ rules the universe, and the “laws” of physics merely describe His faithfulness and power in minute and comprehensive detail.

Contemplate the wonder which is your hand – that collection of nimbleness, strength, dexterity, and multi-tasking living tools – and realize that everything about that marvelous appendage is what it is, and can do what it does, because of the unremitting, unfailing, personal attention of the Word of God.

His steadfast love truly endures forever. We can see it in all the ways He sustains the world.

If you ever doubt God’s love for you, or wonder if He has withdrawn His presence, or forgotten to be faithful to you in your time of need, look at your hand and consider its beauty, intricacy, detail, and design, as well as all the marvels it can perform. And as you do, know that He Who made and keeps that thumb is with you always; He will never fail you nor forsake you.

Or look to the gloriously gray, winter-gathering skies. Revel in the prospect of the soft, silent beauty of the Word-sent snow.

Rejoice and give thanks: His steadfast, unfailing love for you endures forever.

Psalm 147.15-20 (St. Ann: Our God, Our Help in Ages Past)
His Word to earth runs to and fro to carry out His will;
He brings the rain, He sends the snow, and none can keep Him still.

His Word He to His Church bestows – His promises and Law.
No other nation God thus knows:  praise Him with songs of awe!

Lord, thank You for Your constant care and provision! Today, help me to praise You as I…

Creational Theology

The Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, upholds the world and everything in it. The world displays the touch of His creating, sustaining power. Everything speaks of the greatness and goodness of our Savior and King.

Read the Scriptures daily, friends, because they will bring you to Jesus and His glory (Jn. 5.39). But as diligently as you read the Savior’s first and foundational revelation of Himself, read the other volume in His story as well – the book of creation.

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T. M. Moore, Principal
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All Psalms for singing from The Ailbe Psalter. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

[1] Bamford, p. 102.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT.