Among the hall of famers for the world’s strongest, there stands a record of the “most cars pulled by one man.” The number? 14 cars. For impact’s sake, that is equal to 22 tons or a whopping 20,000 kilograms altogether! What great strength this man possesses in his hands!
Yet, strong as he is, he cannot ever bear the weight of the whole world on his shoulders, try as he might. Because that 20,000 kilograms is but a dot compared to the earth’s mass: a gargantuan 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms!
Now, with that in mind, imagine the vast power of He for whom the earth is but a footstool… who actually created the earth AND the entire universe, with just the command of His lips… and who watches over everything there is in the universe, day in and day out.
The all-powerful, ever-living, transcendent GOD.
“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 have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” (Colossians 1:16-18)
This means that—
God has supreme authority over nature.
“…all things have been created through him and for him.”
The laws of nature does not apply to Him. Not bound by time or space, He has no beginning or end, existing everywhere at all times. What is more, nature obeys Him. The ravens did not dare refuse His command to deliver food for prophet Elijah… the Red Sea did not dare refuse His command to make a way for the Israelites… and the raging winds and the violent waves did not dare refuse His command to be still for the Twelve’s boat. In short, the whole universe trembles at His voice!
God has supreme authority over circumstances.
“…in him all things hold together.”
But His power is not just loud and terrifying, it is also tender and caring. Did He not open Hannah’s barren womb after seeing her tear-filled eyes? Did He not multiply the bread and the fish after hearing the five thousand’s growling stomachs? And did He not raise the widow’s son after feeling her grief-stricken heart? Just as He did for Hannah, the five thousand, and the widow, believe that God has the power to change every situation—yours included—no matter how hopeless it may seem.
God has supreme authority over life.
“…so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”
Because more than our circumstances, He has a claim on our very lives. Was it not He who has allowed us the privilege to walk on this world He has designed? Was it not He who has also designed every fiber of our being? And was it not He who has given us life? It is just but right that our hearts, minds, and souls be wholly and willingly surrendered to His supreme authority… that we live our lives for Him and Him alone.
Over nature, over circumstances, over life, over ALL. In His supreme power and authority, He can do anything that He wills to do—like carrying the 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000-kilogram earth, plus the many daily concerns of the billions of people living in it. While this is a rather simple way of putting how sovereign God is, may this lead us all to submit our whole lives to Him and just allow Him to carry us, wherever He wills.