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The Sustainer of All Things

Saturday, October 29, 2011

17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. —Colossians 1:17-20 

Did you know that there are forces that science can’t explain? Forces such as gravity, centripetal force, and others. Scientists can study them; they can analyze them; they can even measure them, but they don’t know why they are there.  

In his book, The Atom Speaks, Lee Chestnut writes: “Consider the dilemma of the nuclear physicist, when he looks in utter amazement at the pattern that he has drawn of the oxygen nucleus. For here are eight positively-charged protons closely associated together within the confines of this tiny nucleus. With them are eight neutrons; a total out of sixteen particles: eight positively charged; and eight with no charge.” 

Now if you’re not scientific, you think that’s not a big deal. But hang on. Coulomb’s Law of electrostatic force states that like particles, when put together, repel each other. So scientists begin to wonder, “What holds the nucleus together? Why doesn’t it fly apart? Why don’t all atoms fly apart?” Scientists admit that there is an incredibly powerful force that holds all of these teeny particles together, but they have no explanation for why it exists. 

One of the physicists who developed the Big Bang Theory puzzled over how we could live in a world in which practically every object was a potential nuclear explosion, and yet not be blown to bits. Carl Darrow, a physicist at Bell Laboratories, wrote that these particles have no right to be alive at all—they never should have been created and, if created, they should have blown up instantly. Yet there is something that relentlessly holds them together. 

What is this force that keeps the universe intact? Where does the power come from to keep the universe from instantly dissolving into one massive nuclear explosion? The answer is found in Colossians 1:17, which teaches that it is Jesus who upholds all things. Jesus Christ is the power behind every mysterious force in the universe.  

How thankful are you that Christ upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3)? How thankful are you that in Him all things hold together? He is the relentless force in the universe, and although unbelieving men and women turn away from Him, we worship Him as the central figure in human history. He is supreme; He is eternal; He is the Sustainer of all things.  


Dear Father in heaven, when I think of the power needed to hold all things together, it boggles the mind! You are truly supreme! There is nothing that is impossible with You. Help me to remember that the next time I am facing a difficult circumstance. Please remind me, that with You, all things hold together and You are totally in control. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  


  • Why is it important for me to know that in Him all things hold together?
  • How does knowing this keep me from fear, worry, and doubt?


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