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Creator and Sustainer

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:17 NIV

creator and sustainerFew pray as fervently as an IT worker about to go on vacation. The computer systems that run our world seem to work reliably, with only the occasional bug. But people must work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the whole thing going. If the system falls apart, so does the IT technician’s vacation. Hence the prayer.

When I hear God referred to as the creator and sustainer of the universe, I think of the tireless efforts of an IT tech. The earth is a complex system designed to support human life, and every few years, we discover another way in which that system could collapse. There’s not a discipline of science that doubts all life on earth will be extinguished; it’s just a question of what will get us and when. Will it be an asteroid impact, a new disease, or something we haven’t discovered? Maybe we’ll end up doing it ourselves.

Yet life goes on. I usually think of miracles as things like sudden healing or inspired words of prophecy. But more and more, I’m concluding that everything is a miracle. A hero saving the world at the last minute isn’t just reserved for stories. It happens more reliably in reality than in fiction. No matter how bad things have gotten here on earth and how certain the doom, the day is saved, and the story goes on repeatedly.

The only explanation I can think of is that the author of this world’s story isn’t ready to end things just yet. If a website running smoothly proves that someone is working to keep things running, how much more is a working universe a testament to God’s miraculous provision?

The more I understand how fragile things are, the more I see the miraculous in everything since every word that proceeds from the mouth of God holds the world together. If it weren’t for God’s creation, nothing would exist. If it weren’t for God’s sustaining, everything would fall apart. And that inspires me to see God’s miraculous provision at work in everything, from the grand operation of the cosmos to every small event in my life.

What are some ways you see God’s miraculous provision? 

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Cameron Miller

Cameron Miller is a follower of Christ, family man, and writer.