Jesus, the Sustainer of My Life

We often think of God as the creator and the one who keeps us alive. We look at Him as the one who blesses us by supplying all our needs and many of our wants. But how often do we really think about the extent that God is involved with us? The writer of Hebrews speaks of Jesus as the Son of God in this way, “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power” (Heb 1:3 NKJ). When he says, ”upholding all things” he is making a very inclusive statement.

We often think in terms of God working according to some preset laws of nature but that is not so. He made all the laws whether they are physical or spiritual. Before He created anything He had to design how His universe was to work including all the relationships between things whether they be large or small. Then after creation He would conform the actions of things to the laws He had made.

That means that when He upholds something He is positioning it according to one of those laws. That holds not just for our lives either but for all the atoms that make up the universe. While the current estimate of the number of atoms in the universe is in the area of 10 to the eightieth power (a number with 80 zeroes after it) we need to realize that atoms are made up of yet smaller things so that we are probably looking at the number of things that God is upholding as perhaps hundreds or thousands times greater than 10 to the eightieth power.

I can conceive of someone or something controlling a thousand items or so, but to control more than 10^80 items is mind boggling. It is beyond my comprehension. Furthermore God is actively doing that at a rate that is far below one billionth of a second. That means that God is actively controlling all the particles in the universe (10^80) many billions of times each second.

When Jesus said, “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NKJ) He wasn’t just thinking of a little help, He was thinking about positioning all those billions of particles that make up your body and every particle that is related to it. It is to that extent that we are dependent on Him for everything.



Jesus, the Sustainer of My Life — 5 Comments

  1. Who can really fathom the majesty of God? Although we cannot, we can acknowledge that He is beyond our understanding and praise Him with every particle of our beings. We can exalt Him, like David, during the good, the mediocre, and the bad times. At all times we need to have faith in our Creator to actively care about us and take part in our own lives. He is God, through His infinite mercy He sustains us daily. Not because we understand Him, but just because He is God and God is LOVE.

  2. Thank you for the insightful article. For me, such thoughts concerning God strengthen and encourage faith, thus bringing peace in any circumstance. Seeing that we are part of such an intricate creation, it becomes clear that God must have a purpose for each one of us. And it's plain to see that He is capable of working out all of the details. Then there is the infinite price paid for our redemption...

  3. I am so happy that I'm learning so much about God and the way he keeps us each day. We put God in such a small corner and don't relize how big He is, like the children song says he's a BIG BIG GOD there is no limit to what he can do for me or you. Often times we think the He is not with us but He never leaves us neither will He for us. We have to embrace and love Him always.


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