walk in the word
Did you know that there are forces that science can’t explain? Forces such as gravity, centrifugal 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: “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Not only did Jesus Christ create all things (verse 16), He is the one holding it all together. Jesus Christ is the power behind every mysterious force in the universe.
Now get this: Peter teaches in 2 Peter 3:10 and 12 that someday the earth is going to melt with fervent heat. That will happen when Jesus Christ, under God’s direction and at the time of the Father’s choosing, will withdraw His sustaining influence from the universe. There is going to be a nuclear blowout such as people have never imagined! Then, after the old universe has passed away, He will create a new heaven and a new earth, where we will live with him forever (verse 13).
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.
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