“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.”
– Heb 1.1-4
I absolutely love the book of Hebrews. It is unsigned, and many people would argue that Paul wrote it, but irregardless, the book is solid. If you need to fall in love with Jesus for the first time or for the fiftieth time, just read the first few chapters.
These first few verses are deeply implanted in my mind. The little phrase,
“He upholds all things by the word of His power”
blows my mind. I wrote before on how God used this verse to radically free me from a random and short lived fear of flying, and praying that verse back to God daily for months and meditating on the magnitude of the reality therein has regularly rocked the foundations of faith on which I live.
Jesus is continually speaking you, me, this computer on which I am typing, and everything in the world into existence. His creative power is so vast and powerful that He is upholding the universe – just by commanding “exist”.
For years I planned to practice medicine, and my undergraduate degree is in Biology. As I child I loved to be outside, I would take my younger sister on “nature walks” through the woods, and catch all sorts of critters. I used to rescue baby birds that had fallen from their nests and raise them, housing them in an old robin’s nest and feeding them worms. I enjoy to look at nature, creation, the way things work and while I have always known that there is a time when the answer to the question “why” is “because that’s how God made it”, in studying biology I thrived on continually learning one more step between what I understand and God’s creative force.
God created the natural laws. He established gravity, the orbits of planets, the spin of the earth and the moon to control tides. He also created the molecular makeup of everything in existence; DNA, the transcribing of genetic material into RNA and ultimately into proteins, the exact function of each part of the molecule, and He knows the depths and expanse of everything in creation. It was not too long ago that scientists believe the atom to be the smallest particle in creation – undividable. And God has not only known, but he imagined, created, and continues to speak atoms and all of their makeup into existence. The micro and macro realms of reality all exist by His spoken word.
And us. He speaks you and me into existence. Ps 139 is one of my favorite Psalms, it speaks to God’s knowledge, sovereignty and power over us as a comforting force. And one of it’s strongest claims is the simple fact that He knows and has ordained the exact number of our days:
“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.”
– Ps 139.16
Nothing is too big for God. He is speaking you, me, our DNA and the universe into existence. But he also has sovereign power over these forces, as creator, he can change the way things work or temporary interrupt the natural laws: and this is what we understand as a miracle. The parting of the Red Sea and the Jordan River, turning water into blood, Jesus being born of a virgin, His resurrection from the dead, miraculous healings, Jesus walking through walls, ascending back to Heaven on a cloud, transporting Phillip instantaneously from the wilderness to somewhere else; these are all ways that we see God disrupt the natural laws that He has put in place for His divine purposes. He can speak things into existence and He can change things by the word of His power. Therefore, let us trust God. He is in control and He has a plan. He is speaking you and me into existence, and He has the exact number of our days ordained and planned. He can change things, He can disrupt the natural laws and He will see his perfect end attained. Therefore live boldly, trust Him, and obey His statues, for His word does not return void (Is 55.11).