Every Breath As a Gift

The theme for this year’s Bible Bee study was Created.

It seems pretty obvious. I mean, if you grew up in church Genesis 1:1 was probably one of the first verses you ever memorized. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

But what started to stick out to me this summer was that He didn’t just create everything once, several thousand years ago, and leave it to run on its own.

He is continually sustaining His creation. It’s only because of Him that the entire universe – with us inside of it – keeps on existing.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17)

In his sermon to the people of Athens on Mars Hill, Paul used this same theology. In the midst of a society that worshipped numerous so-called deities, Paul proclaimed the one, true God who had made heaven and earth.

…for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ (Acts 17:28)

Psalm 104 is a chapter I read several times to prepare for the Bible Bee test. It’s a beautiful, glorious chapter, narrating God’s creative and sustaining power. But verses 27-30 stood out to me especially. I won’t quote them here (you can go look them up – or better yet, read the whole chapter); but to summarize, every creature of earth depends on God for food and life itself.

This got me thinking. How much do I take the world itself for granted? How much of the time do I sit in my living room, or the highly organized clutter of my bedroom, not really thinking that every molecule around me (and inside me) only exists because God continually causes it to do so?

I’m not saying we have to constantly keep these things in the front of our minds. Our brains are finite; we can only really think about one thing at a time. I don’t need to be musing on Colossians 1:27 in the middle of a math problem.

But sometimes we need to wake up to the wonder that is the world around us. What if we really thought about this from time to time? What if we intentionally saw His creative and sustaining power in everything around us?

The gray skies overtaking the sunrise and the rush of rain on the roof.

A steaming bowl of bright green broccoli.

A blinding path of light leading out across the water to the setting sun.

That one thing your brother said at the dinner table that set everyone laughing uncontrollably.

Words blinking out into being on the white screen of the laptop.

What if we saw all those things – and so many more – as gifts, and praised God for them: not because they’re unusual or hugely important, but just because they are – and nothing can be, apart from God?

All this is just thoughts and ideas I’ve been reflecting on, and I’d love to hear your input. What do you think? Where and how do you see God’s glory displayed in the world around you? How do you praise Him for it?

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