The Word of God You Never Hear (Part 2)

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You never hear God tell your heart to keep pumping or your lungs to keep breathing or your brain cells to fire off neurons, or whatever it is they do.  You never hear God command food to discharge its proteins and carbohydrates and vitamins into your blood stream to sustain your life.  You never hear God tell your immune system to fight a virus or your blood to clot or any of the million things that explain your continued existence.  But that word of God you never hear sustains you.

In Deuteronomy 8, Moses told Israel: “God humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”  

You know from Scripture that God fed Elijah by a raven, an angel and a jar of flour that never emptied; that 5,000+ were fed when Jesus spoke a word of blessing over five loaves of bread and two fish; and you know that Jesus went 40 days without food, yet was sustained by God.  But do you know the lesson of Deuteronomy 8?  You are alive, not simply because you eat a semi-balanced diet and breathe only moderately polluted air, but because God says so.  You never hear that word he speaks; but when he withdraws it, you will die.  And no food or medicine, no ventilator or surgery will alter the fact.

We’re all in favor of a healthy lifestyle; but instead of listening to nutritionists and pharmaceutical ads, listen for the word of God that keeps you alive — in the burp that settles a baby’s tummy or the deep breathing of a loved one asleep.  And take with you the comfort and encouragement that you are a living, breathing, nourishment-taking ambassador for Christ because God has spoken your continued existence.  He wants you here.  He keeps you here, even though you never hear the word of God that preserves you.

As you marvel at the wonder of God’s creation that is you, as you thank God for the awesome life he’s given you, project ahead to the eternal life – perfect and undying life – that he has waiting for you because Jesus lived your life for you and died to redeem your life for eternity.  Then you’ll hear every word of God in person.

PRAYER:  Forgive me, Lord, for taking for granted all that you have given me and all you’ve done for me.  Help me to see your purpose in my continued existence here and your goal for my life in your presence hereafter.  Speak to my head and heart your words of truth as you speak to my body your sustaining power.  Amen.

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