April 10

It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My hands stretched out the heavens and all their host I have commanded. Isaiah 45:12

In Christ all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16

What a wonderful world we live in. God created all of it, all of us, all the plants and animals and solid earth and liquid water and the air we breathe. He put everything where it was supposed to be; He provided food and water sufficient for all. In Genesis chapter 1 we read of the creation of the heavens, and the earth, the waters, and everything else. After each day of creation, God looks at what He has created and says “It is good.” Yes, everything God created was and is good.

God speaks about Cyrus in our passage from Isaiah. Prior verses indicate that God has appointed Cyrus to carry out a commission from God and even refers to him as “his anointed.” The Israelites were probably a bit surprised by this, but God lets them know that they should realize who is in charge. The one who made the earth and created us, who commands the hosts of heaven, is the one in charge.

Paul tells the church in Colosse the same thing – Jesus is Lord. He was there for the creation of everything. He has power over all other thrones, or earthly rulers and even the angels in heaven. Apparently some of the people did not keep Christ in the forefront of their religion and were looking for special knowledge, or hierarchies of angels and powers on earth. Paul says, no, Christ is all you need. God’s grace is sufficient for you. Jesus was there before all things, present as the Word at Creation and is still present as our risen and saving Lord.

Dear God, all our universe is created by you! We are in awe of you amazing work. We lift our voices in praise joining with all creation to glorify you. As your children and heirs, there is no thought we can have, no place we can go, and no action we can take that will separate us from you. You are all we ever need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Chris Gabel