upheld

L'abri Conference Rochester, Minnesota February 10-11

Today I'm surrounded by eager minds and running pens.

"Christ brought the universe into existence with His speech and only by His speech does it continue to be upheld."

It was some version of this sentence that settled deep - especially that one word: upheld.

There is not one movement, material, musical note, or molecular formation that exists in this day without being upheld by Christ through His speech. His words - most powerful words - hold all things together. All things.

We fret over governments and institutions and the unraveling of societies, but we forget the One who is sovereign over all things, Whose word alone holds all things together.

Calvin writes, in his Institutes,

“While it becomes man seriously to employ his eyes in considering the works of God, since a place has been assigned him in this most glorious theater that he may be a spectator of them, his special duty is to give ear to the Word, that he may the better profit.”

I can only imagine the kind of "becoming" Calvin meant - perhaps that our taking an active role in marveling at the glory of Creation would send us on the most beautiful earthly course toward heaven. But it is this second phrase which captures me now, "...his special duty is to give ear to the Word, that he may the better profit."

"In the beginning was the Word," we read in John, "and the Word was with God and the Word was God."

Let us respond to our special duty and so better profit - give ear to the Word, Christ Himself. By Him our very existence is upheld.

When Christ was tempted in the desert, how did He respond? "It is written..." Wasn't he, in fact, saying, "I Am He."

The very words that held the desert together as a backdrop for this dramatic scene were breathed out of Christ Himself - the Living Word. In Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17). Miraculous.

And can it be that in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28)? Inside the Word, we live and move and have our being?

This is what it means to be human: to be in the Word, marveling at a universe hanging on the very words of its Creator.

let LOVE fly like cRaZy