|A Framework for Being|
Servants All (4)
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, for days and for years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” Genesis 1:14, 15
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The cosmos is comprised of a wondrous variety of systems and patterns which demonstrate that the Lord Who made and sustains the creation is not a God of confusion but of order (1 Cor. 14:33; Ps. 75:3). Simply put, there is no such thing as “chance” in the cosmos. Everything happens according to the will and plan of Him Who works all things according to the counsel of His will, and does all things well (Eph. 1:11; Mk. 7:37). All the regular patterns and predictable ways of all the creatures of the cosmos happen and are sustained because the Word of the Lord commands it to be so.
Now this has important implications for the work of building the Church. Consider, for example, how difficult it would be to build the Church if sound and light waves were irregular and unreliable. Or if we could not schedule activities with a reasonable degree of certainty that, when the appointed time arrives, it will be when we thought it would, and we will all be found to have banked on the same pattern of time and reliability of place. Or imagine the embarrassment and consternation in worship as the pastor said, “Be seated”, if those pesky molecules and atoms holding the pews together suddenly decided to do something dictated by chance rather than by divine faithfulness.
Building the Church – bringing into human and communal expression the living Body of our Lord Jesus Christ – requires a setting, a framework, of reliability, in which, knowing what we know about sounds, light, the passage of time, the fixity of buildings, and the reliability of pews, we make our plans and pursue our work in the confidence that the Word of God will keep the world a workable place for us to serve His purposes. It is all too easy to take for granted the everyday sovereignty of the Lord – what the psalms often refer to as His steadfast love and faithfulness. It is convenient, of course, to talk about “laws” of chemistry, physics, metallurgy, optics, and host of other such matters; but we must always bear in mind that these are not “stand alone” systems. Nor are they the product of millions and millions of years of chaos sorting itself into some semblance of order. God made the world and has established His Word to supervise and uphold it. The patterns, systems, and laws that we observe give testimony to the steadfast love and faithfulness of our God, and provide a framework within which we His people may do the work that brings glory and honor to Him before the watching world.
We must not take the creation for granted. The creation is God’s servant – and, consequently, ours as well – and it serves His purposes is by being obedient to His Word (Ps. 147:15-18; Job 38-41) and providing a knowable, reliable framework within which we His people may glorify God and honor our Lord Jesus Christ by building His Church.
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