The Word of God You Never Hear

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You’ve heard the Word of God preached in church and read in a Bible app. You’ve heard the
Word of God taught in confirmation class and discussed in Bible classes. You’ve heard it sung
by choirs. You’ve heard a lot of the Word of God. Because you’re a Christian, you’ve forgiven
boring preachers and teachers and asked forgiveness for your own boredom as you listened.
Because you’re a Christian, you’ve grown in your understanding and appreciation of God’s
Word, discovering in its repetition new insights and old assurances. But have you ever thought
You never hear God speak to a meteor hurtling through space and by that word deflect it from a
collision course with planet earth. You never hear God tell the solar system to continue its
orbits, the winds to blow, the birds to return and the seeds to sprout so that winter in Wisconsin
is not a permanent condition. You know from Scripture that Jesus commanded a storm to
silence, that God stopped the earth’s rotation so that Joshua could complete his victory in the
valley of Ajalon, and that he commanded the Red Sea to part for Israel’s escape from Egypt. But
you have never heard the word of God that controls nature.
Hebrews 1:3 says of Jesus: “He upholds the universe by the word of his power.” We speak of
the “laws of nature” to describe the recurring forces and processes that sustain life and preserve
the cosmos. “Laws of nature” – that’s a rather mechanical term. Does nature make laws
governing itself? And if these are truly laws, doesn’t someone need to enforce them and – when
necessary – suspend them? You have heard the Word of God we know as moral law. You have
never heard the word of God we know as natural law. But that’s how your universe is preserved.
Jesus said that God “makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and
on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45) Jesus said that your heavenly Father feeds the birds (Matthew
6:26) and that none of them dies apart from the Father’s will (Matthew 10:29). When God no
longer speaks his preserving, sustaining word, the end of the world will come.
It’s so easy to take for granted the so-called “laws of nature,” to lose our wonder at the power,
the beauty, the intricacy of creation. Hebrews 1:3 urges us to listen for the word of God we
never hear in the sound of the wind in the trees, or thunder in the skies, or crickets in the grass.
When you know that the Father who adopted you into his family at the cost of his Son preserves
the world with his word, when you know that the Savior who died for you rose to sustain all
things in your best interest, not only will you appreciate your world more, but you will fear it
less. . . pandemics included.
PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, for speaking our world into existence at creation and
sustaining this world for our benefit each day. Thank you more for revealing yourself as
our Father and our Savior in the Word you inspired as Scripture. Comfort us with the
assurance that you govern our world; and comfort us still more with the promise that
you’ll love us forever for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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