October 16, 2019

365 Days of the Great Names of God, Day 320: God Who Holds Together

God Who Holds Together

"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn 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 have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:15-17 NIV)

I'm a fall-apart sort of person by nature, so the idea of God holding me together is enormously reassuring. How thankful I am, though, that He is far more than just an idea; He is the "realest" of realities.

The pastor of our church recently preached from Colossians 2:2 (a little further into the book than our key verse today) and shared that the phrase translated "united together" or "knit together" or "drawn together" is a medical term. It carries the idea of skin that's been wounded—broken or separated—being drawn back together in the healing process.

We are all like Humpty Dumpty. We have all had a great fall. We have all been wounded in the fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men cannot put us back together again. 

But the King of kings whose name is Faithful and True who rides a white horse can put us back together again. 

He does not do it, though, so we are as we were. He takes our broken pieces and our jagged edges and knits us back together as new creations. 

While the initial wound may speak of what hurt us, the scar, if there is one, speaks of Who heals us.

Our brokenness may tell what split us apart, but our wholeness tells Who holds us together.

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