“[Christ] upholds all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3).
Christ, by His almighty power, holds together all creation.
We base our entire lives on the constancy of physical laws. When something like an earthquake disrupts the normal condition or operation of things even a little, the consequences are often disastrous. Can you imagine what would happen if Jesus Christ relinquished His sustaining power over the laws of the universe, for it is He in whom “all things hold together” (Col. 1:17)? We would go out of existence, our atoms scattering throughout the galaxy.
If He suspended the laws of gravity only for a brief moment, we would lose all points of reference. If any of the physical laws varied slightly, we could not exist. Our food could turn to poison; we ourselves could drift out into space or get flooded by the ocean tides. Countless other horrible things could happen.
But the universe remains in balance because Jesus Christ sustains and monitors all its movements and interworkings. He maintains cohesion. He is not the deists’ “watchmaker” creator, who made the world, set it in motion, and has not bothered with it since. The reason the universe is a cosmos instead of chaos—an ordered and reliable system instead of an erratic and unpredictable muddle—is the upholding power of Jesus Christ.
The entire universe hangs on the arm of Jesus. His unsearchable wisdom and boundless power are manifested in governing the universe. And He upholds it all by “the word of His power.” The key to the Genesis creation is seen in two words: “God said.” God spoke, and it happened.
When I contemplate Christ’s power to uphold the universe, I’m drawn to the wonderful promise of Philippians 1:6—“I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” When Christ begins a work in your heart, He doesn’t end there. He continually sustains it until the day He will take you into God’s very presence. A life, like a universe, that is not sustained by Christ is chaos.
Suggestions for Prayer: Ask God to remind you of Christ’s sustaining power when you endure your next trial.
For Further Study: Read Job 38–39 for a greater appreciation of what Christ does to uphold the universe. MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 356). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.