Some thoughts this morning.
For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)
On history: I find it interesting that God chose to work as a carpenter during His time on earth. In the midst of the overwhelming task of providing salvation and eternal life, He spent time and effort creating simple goods that regular people used everyday. He built houses, chairs, tables, bowls, and farming equipment. I’m sure He did this with skill and I’d like to think He found great joy and pride in His work.
On the macro scale: God is powerful enough to have spoken the universe into being, yet detailed enough to design the complexities of DNA and the human eye. He works in the commonplace and the unfathomable and finds joy and pride in both.
On application: Because God is an all-powerful master craftsman, He has this same sovereign concern over the details of our lives–where we live, where we work, and how we spend our money. Concern, in that these details are of importance to Him. Sovereign, in that He orders them by His power for His glory.
On response: I’m pretty self-centered. I like to think about the concern part. I like to hear that God cares for us and provides for us. I can trust Him and rest in that. But I tend not to think about the sovereign part. His care doesn’t exist for my comfort or benefit. It exists for His glory. Hearing this ought to change the way I pray, worship, and make decisions. It ought to fill me with reverence and fear.
All things. Through Him. For Him.