Creator, Sustainer, Anchor For Our Faith
By Mike McMorris
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Have you ever been on shaky ground? Perhaps on a boat moving to and fro in the waves, or an earthquake that literally moves the earth under your feet? It’s unsettling to stand without solid ground—you feel like you might literally fall down. How about spiritually, have you ever been on shaky ground? A feeling when you question what you believe as a Christian or second guess your belief in a Creator after a science class lecture on evolution? While the majority of Americans (~75%) claim to be Christians, up to 44 percent report God has no role whatsoever in their lives. Seventy percent of young people who grow up in the church leave by their 20’s—whether people want to admit it or not there are many whose faith is on shaky ground.
John 1:3 is an anchor for our faith. Scripture is clear that we have a Creator. In John 1:1, He is called “the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Paul elaborates on this truth in Colossians 1:16: “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.”
In John 20:31, John tells us the purpose of his book—“but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” Many signs and wonders were recorded in the book of John so that we can believe in Jesus and have life in His name. This same Jesus is the one by whom all things were made.
If I find myself feeling spiritually weak, like I’m on shaky ground, I love to prayerfully look around at creation. Trees, clouds, birds, the wonderful metamorphosis that takes place from caterpillar to butterfly—our God is so creative and awesome. Our Lord, through whom all things were made, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe has provided us with solid ground for our faith. He strengthens our faith by the hearing of His Word and by the evidences in His wonderful creation.
Lord Jesus, help us to glorify You by building our lives on the firm foundation of Christ,