“You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.” – Psalm 145:16 (ESV)
We serve a God who is never at a distance in anything. He has a personal relationship with each of us who has chosen to accept Him as Lord and Savior. He sustains, supports, and holds all of His creation together.“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” is not hyperbole. The world fits in His hands and He’s in control of it all. John 1:3 says, “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” And Hebrews 11:3 adds, “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” God didn’t merely set it all into motion and flip on a cosmic “autopilot” switch. At this moment, “he holds all creation together” (Colossians 1:17).
When we say God sustains all things, we mean all things: from the tiniest organism to the vast expanse of the galaxies. If we really stop and let all this sink in, our hearts should explode in worship. The writer of Hebrews wants to expand our understanding of who Jesus is. Hebrews 1:3 says, “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command…” Jesus is the Author, Ruler, and Sustainer of the universe.
If Jesus easily sustains the weight of the universe, don’t you think He can sustain you? The same God who keeps the planets aligned also holds you in His hands. When life is too much for you to take on by yourself, trust in the Lord. We are part of His creation, which means God knows exactly how to hold us together, too. “Jesus doesn’t need your strength; He has more than enough power on His own. He simply asks for your weakness; He has none of that Himself.” Charles Spurgeon
Isaiah 46:3-5 says, “Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?
Here in Isaiah, we see God, the creator, and sustainer of the world, give a promise that can comfort us in any stage of life. Life is a journey, and each part of that journey is packed with different challenges. The hardships facing a toddler differ from those of a preteen; young adult challenges are different than the middle adults; as are when we get older, but the same God sees us through each stage. God told us in His very own words, “I will sustain you; I will rescue you. Remember all I have done in the past? I am faithful. I am trustworthy. I am here”. “Remember the former things, those of long ago: I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me” (Isaiah 46:9).
Why is this important? With all that’s going on in our world God remains in control. He can certainly take care of me. He’s got the whole world and me in His Hands.
- Do you believe God is in control of everything? Explain why you believe He is or is not in control of everything.