God holds us
“What is there in places almost empty of Matter, and whence is it that the Sun and Planets gravitate towards one another, without dense Matter between them? When is it that Nature doth nothing in vain; and whence arises all that Order and Beauty which we see in the World? … does it not appear from phaenomena that there is a Being incorporeal, living, intelligent, omnipresent, who in infinite space, as it were in his Sensory, sees the things themselves intimately, and thoroughly perceives them and comprehends them wholly by their immediate presence to himself. And though every true Step made in this Philosophy brings us not immediately to the Knowledge of the first Cause, yet it brings us nearer to it, and on that account is to be highly valued.”
Anyone know who said this? He was the same guy who said this, “This most beautiful system (The Universe) could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
Still have no guesses? He was one of the most brilliant men that ever walked the earth. He invented Calculus, Discovered and wrote out the laws of gravity, and what most people have never learned of, studied the bible more than any science or math. Sir Issac Newton was a man who was intrigued by the thought of exploring science and nature, because he saw in it a reflection of it's creator. He believed that he wasn't really inventing things, but actually, discovering what God had created on earth. One of the greatest scientists in the existence of our world was convinced there is a God, and not only a God who just created everything and then pulled back and is distant now, but a God that is “incorporeal, living, intelligent, omnipresent, who in infinite space, as it were in his Sensory, sees the things themselves INTIMATELY....by their immediate presence to himself.” Such an amazing statement from truly one of the greatest thinkers and scientists of all time.
So, now we have a Creator, who we can make real by exploring and discovering what He has created. Slowly we'll begin to discover, as Newton did, that we are surrounded everywhere by the reflection of God's vast glory, peace, power, beauty, wonder, and omnipotence. Once you start pursing and seeking God, you will will quickly find out he is in all things; omnipresent.
Today I want to share with you all how that omnipresence of God can hold you and carry you through any and all hard times that you might go through, but before we look at how God can hold us through all our trials, we first have to dive a little bit into making Jesus real to us.
God knows better than we know ourselves, how our minds work. And He knows how discovering what all He has created and all that He is over can bring someone through ANYTHING they are going through. The PERFECT example of this is Job.
In the book of Job, Satan comes to God and asks God to allow him to pretty much destroy Job's entire life so as to prove that Job's faith was only reliant on his welfare. God knew Job could handle it and gave satan one demand... To spare his life. Now, Job, was the wealthiest man in the entire east. So it wasn't like he had nothing to lose. The Bible says in Job 1, “He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants.” He also had seven sons and three daughters. Satan first tests Job by attaching Job from EVERY direction. Sabeans come from the south, fire from heaven comes from heaven, Chaldeans from the north, and winds from the east, leaving Job with NO more possessions and killing all of his children. He lost EVERYTHING in such rapid succession that Job describes with these words in Job 9:18, “he will not let me get my breath.” Still, through all this God says that Job “holds fast his integrity.”
Satan doesn't want to give up though. We find in verse two that Satan has now attached Job himself striking him with “Loathsome sores from the sole of his foot and to the crown of his head.” Job's wife tells him to curse God and die, but Job replies, “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” The Bible tells us that through all that he did not sin with his lips. Yet, we find later in the story that he is torn up inside because he has let God become distant and lifeless to him. Three of Job's friends try and comfort him. The older two tell Job he must have done something wrong to deserve such pain and misery and end up only sending Job into deeper despair.
If we quickly take a glance at the last chapter, which is chapter 42, we find something amazing has happened. It says, “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job...And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He had also seven songs and three daughters....And after that Job lived 140 years!” Wait... How in the world did this turn around come about? Job was just in complete despair and agony saying that God wouldn't hear his prayers, and now he has literally doubled all his wealth and lived 140 more years!
What cause the turn around? God revealed His wonderous creation to Job. If we look back at chapters 38-41 they are FILLED with God revealing His majestic creation to Job. Blowing his mind with how vast and matchless God's power and love is. I don't have time to read through all 129 verses, but I highly recommend reading them for yourselves later on today or anytime your going through something rough. Like, Issac Newton discovered, though maybe not as dramatic as Job, Job realizes something after God reveals all this to him. Chapter 42, verse 5, says, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you.” You see, the more we believe the lie that God is distant from us, and that He doesn't know what He's doing or what we can bare, the harder it is to see God in our struggles and even day to day life. If your standing 30 feet from a mirror and the mirror is foggy, it's REALLY hard to see the reflection in the mirror. What better way to know that God is always surrounding us and holding us together through everything than to emerse yourselves in the reflection of Himself, His creation.
I'd like to finish up with something that I recently discovered via a video by Louie Giglio. It's a glycoprotein that is a component of connective tissue basement membrane and that promotes cell adhesion. In other words... This is the protein in our bodies that literally holds all the cells in our bodies together. All of our muscle. All of our bones. Everything. Now, if the story of Job isn't enough to prove to you that God's creation is proof of His omnipotence (which means All Knowing) and His omnipresence (which means He is Everywhere). And if good 'Ol Sir Issac Newton wasn't very convincing of God's omnipotence and omnipresence. And if you STILL don't believe, through those two little examples, that God is in all things and He will always hold you together through whatever life throws your way, then this glycoprotein HAS to do it for you. It's called Laminin. And believe me, it is as fun to explain Laminin as it is to say it, which happens to be just as fun as watching people's faces when you ask them if they have heard of Laminin. Not only is what this microscopic protein does so amazing, but what you see when you look at a picture of it will blow your mind.
Before I show you the picture I have of it here, I wanna read you a verse that I want yall to be thinking of. It's Colossians 1:15-17, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 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.” This is Jesus who this verse is talking about.”And he is before all things, and IN him ALL things HOLD TOGETHER... Making peace by the blood of his cross.” We find that Jesus holds all things together and that the basis of Jesus's peace that He extends to us regardless of what we're going through is the symbol of the cross.
Laminin. Yes. We are back to Laminin. And by now you can start to HEAR where I'm going, but, as Job said, you can't fathom how this microscopic protein, that holds our entire bodies together, and that God created so that we may know His son is who Holds us together, is going to blow your mind until you see it for yourselves. You see, this is a diagram of what the protein Laminin looks like scientifically. (shows diagram)
Now your all amazed, but I'm not going to stop here. You see, now that we SEE the proof of why Christ's presence is VITAL to us living and walking by faith through trials, our whole perspective on everyday Bible verses change! Let me show you what I mean....
Matthew 1:23, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name IMMANUEL, which is translated, “God with us.”......Well of course He is with us! I've seen Laminin! Now I have no doubt in my mind God is with me because of the proof I have found in His creation, in me, which is made as a reflection of God!
Psalm 19:2, “I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.””..... Well I should say so! I would think that being apart from Laminin would NOT be a very good thing. I've seen Laminin, and there is no doubt that just like if I was without it, if I was without Jesus I would fall apart!
Isaiah 41:10,” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will STRENGTHEN you and HELP you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I can SEE He strengthens me and will uphold me by evidence of how He has created me and how He has created me to be held together! (I'm starting to get pretty excited even though I wrote this and have gone over this several times.)
Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; FOR YOU ARE WITH ME.” Once again, I can't HELP but know God is with me with the evidence and reflection of Himself that He has created with me.
Ephesians 3:16, “...that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit” WHERE? “in your inner being.”
Jesus says in John 17:26,” I made KNOWN to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be IN them...” And what? “and I in them.”
And you never knew learning about God could be so awesome! My prayer for all of you is that you may NEVER stop searching for God and engulfing yourself in His presence. That you will never fall into the lie that Jesus is far away, and if you ever catch yourself thinking He is or doubting that he knows what He's doing, that you'll just think. “Laminin!”