God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens,” and because of these words the sun, moon and stars hang on nothing. Miraculously they are suspended in the heavens. If they were to fall, their ministry of light bearing would be over—only their memory would be left behind.
Science explains this supernatural suspension as the law of gravity and orbit. And we do not deny these forces in God’s created universe. But even scientists will admit that there is much they do not comprehend about gravity and orbit, there is an element of mystery. Many are still asking, “How do these things really work?” If we press on and ponder the rest of God’s creation we are still left with much unexplained. The universe is filled with mystery. How does everything hold together when it can so easily be knocked out of order bringing the whole cosmos to a bleak end?
God himself is holding the universe together by his mercy. The unknown variable in science is God’s upholding power. The lights in the sky are upheld because God is keeping them. He is not only their creator and initiator; he is their sustainer and keeper. God is not only surrounding his creation, he is also in his creation, keeping it by his mercy.
When Adam and Eve brought creation into disorder and degradation through sin, God could have forsaken the work of his hands. But instead he “rolled up his sleaves” and entered into its fallen-ness. He actively became more a part of his universe than less; he entered into the cosmos in order to keep it by his grace. It is true that one day the present order of things (which is slowly devolving) will come to an end. But now God is fighting back the flood of destruction until more people know his grace and mercy.
Prayer: Father, you are holding everything together in mercy. I pray that the people around me would see you and praise you for your grace and sustaining power, in Jesus’ name. When we sinned you did not forsake us, instead you became more actively involved in saving and sustaining creation.