Sunday, June 27, 2010

All Things Sustained

Everything that you are conscious of in the world around you fully depends upon a Word….

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their hosts… .he spoke and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm,” Psalm 33:6, 9.  “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens… .you established the earth, and it stands fast,” Psalm 119:89-90.  The most basic element of created things is a sound, a word.  That Word has firmly fixed the created order.  

The verdict of the Word of the Creator is unchangeable.  “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever,” Isaiah 40:8.  If we disagree with the verdict of His Word, its verdict remains and we do not.  If we agree with the verdict of His Word, its verdict remains and we remain eternally with it.  

His Word accomplishes its desire to establish and exalt His government.  “He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly… .He sends out his word and melts them,” Psalm 147:15, 18.    “For as the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it,” Isaiah 55:10-11.  When God opened his mouth and spoke into the universe, that spoken Word established an order.  It commanded the chaos and subjected it to laws… .Laws of Life!

Everything that we know… .all that we are consciously aware of, depends upon those Laws of Life.  There are boundaries.  There are rules.  There are fixed motions and times.  The created order depends upon the firmly fixed seasons that God commanded into existence.  Our health and the longevity of our faith depend on the governmental authority of His Word in us.  His Word continues to produce and establish Eternal Life.

We do not function separate from our Creator’s Word. All of humanity depends on His established order.  But not all perceive this to be true.  In the end, we have only two distinct options.  We may choose to submit ourselves to the establishment of His Word.  To let the command of God govern and bless Life.  To receive His boundaries with thanksgiving.  To bless Life in agreement with its Giver.  Obey the rules and reap their eternal rewards.  Or, we may choose to disagree.  To govern alone and function within our individual perceptions.  To move the boundaries.  To deny His sustenance… .shut out His abiding Word…. .and eventually die away….

We cannot stay alive without His Word.

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