05 August 2008

Creation & Preservation – 6.17.08

Recently discovered a great verse on creation stuck right in the middle of the book of Nehemiah. Chapter 9, verse 6 says, Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

Here are some other great verses on creation to cross reference with this one. Exodus 20:11; Psalm 33:6; Jeremiah 32:17; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 3:4; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 4:11.

The phrase that stuck out to me in Nehemiah 9 was and thou preservest them all. Note how this matches the wording of Hebrews 1:3.

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Quick, very simple review on the structure of an atom, the basic building block of all matter. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. There's a nucleus containing protons and neutrons. There are electrons spinning round about the nucleus. The protons have a positive charge, the neutrons a neutral charge, and the electrons a negative charge.

If I remember correctly, no physicist can explain what holds the positively charged protons and the negatively charged neutrons together in the nucleus. And maybe I do remember correctly. I found a guy on the internet to agree with me (so it must be true). "Mutual electrostatic repulsion between the like-positive protons would drive the nucleus apart if it were not for the 'strong force' which binds the nucleus together." (article) In addition to that, no physicist can explain what causes the negatively charged electrons to orbit the nucleus in the manner in which they do. "Similarly, accelerated electrons circling the nucleus should quickly radiate all their energy away and fall into the nucleus unless there exists an invisible energy source to counteract this."

Truly, God's hand is seen at work in his creation (Romans 1:20). He didn't just wind this great big clock we call the universe and then leave to let it run however it would. No, He upholds all things. He preserves all things. By Him all things consist.

Now, according to the Bible, there is a day coming when God will remove His upholding, preserving, sustaining hand from His creation, and this whole thing will end in a BIG BANG. 2 Peter 3:10 describes it this way, But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Back to Nehemiah 9 for a quick moment. The end of the verse says, the host of heaven worshippeth thee. Considering Who He is and what He's done and what He continues to do, is that not what He deserves? And it's also what He desires (John 4:23-24). Take some time today to worship the Almighty Creator of the universe. And be sure to thank Him today that He's your Savior!

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