“He (Jesus Christ) is the image of God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.”
How many of us have come to those moments of life when it seems our world is falling apart? It appears there is no order to the chaos happening all around us, we just know that at any moment the pieces of our lives will crumble beneath our feet. These moments can come in many forms such as difficult relationships, financial struggles, health issues, unexpected challenges, chaos in our home, chaos in our world, or even the chaos that can sometimes plague our minds. Within these momentary or even seasonal circumstances the word “order” would probably be the last adjective we would use to describe our experience. However, Paul had a much different message for the Colossians and for us today as well.
His message begins and ends with the One who is truly the “center of the universe,” our Lord Jesus Christ, who is “the image of God, the first born over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created for him and by him.” This passage is a picture of Jesus as God in human form, and at the time you and I were created along with all other things in the universe, Jesus was there, creating everything with perfect design and order. We know that sin entered the world, thus allowing brokenness and chaos to become a part of everyday life. However, in Christ, we are not left alone without hope to our own reasoning devices, attempting to work it all out, or to put all the pieces back together. When our earthly future is uncertain, the challenges and obstacles of life are pressing in, the pain seems too much to bear, or there appears to be no way of rescue. Paul says of Jesus, “He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.” God can make a way where there seems to be no way.
Today, regardless of our circumstances God is unchanging and our lives are being “held together” by a compassionate, loving, and mighty Savior. A close relationship with Jesus and an understanding that God is a “God of order,” whose promises are true and He is the One who is ever-present, even in the most difficult circumstances of life, gives us renewed hope to take small steps forward with assurance. What a promise we have that Jesus is with us in the midst of all things and that “all things” including our sometimes, broken lives, are held together by Him. If you encounter moments of hopelessness, despair, confusion, or feel the heaviness of life weighing you down, remember that the very Creator of the universe holds you in the palm of His hand. Therefore today, walk in faith moment by moment through simple steps of obedience, trusting in the promise that Jesus will hold you together.
Connecting Faith & Life:
God help us! We need you desperately to hold us together in difficult moments, on days filled with doubt, and in seasons of life that produce great uncertainty. Lord, You are a “God of Order,” not of chaos and confusion who leaves us to walk life’s journey alone. You are a faithful Father, who promises to hold us together despite the most challenging seasons and circumstances of our lives. Thank You, for the truth that You are “before all things, and in You all things are held together,” including every detail of our lives as we daily surrender to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.