The pillars of the earth are the Lord’s and on them he has set the world. I Samuel 2:8 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Our verse from I Samuel is part of Hannah’s prayer after she brings Samuel to the temple to give him to God’s service. She praises all that God has done, giving her a child and many other things. What do you think of when you think of a pillar? The dictionary has a few definitions. One is related to buildings and structures – a tall vertical structure used as support for a building, or for ornamentation.  Another definition is of a person – someone who is the “pillar of the community.” Someone who “reliably provides essential support.” We can envision buildings sitting on strong pillars, those build sturdily with proper concrete, and steel.

When God created the earth, we could imagine that He hired some good contractors. Had specs written out for proper construction, and made sure that the pillars that were built to hold the world were strong. That is the only way we humans could construct something.

Then we read Genesis 1 – God spoke, and the world came into being. We read John 1:1 – in the beginning the Word was with God. Continue on to where it says everything that was made was created through Him, the Word, Jesus. All God needed to do to create the world, the earth and everything on it, was speak. No need for hammers and saws, concrete and steel, just the Word. God is the pillar our world stands on. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are always there, with us, to provide essential support. God is the pillar of our community, and communities everywhere.

Creator God, we praise you for the creation of our beautiful world. Help us to be good stewards of your Creation. Thank you for loving us so much that you gave your son, Jesus Christ as our Savior. Hear our gratitude, and may it be good to your ears. Amen

Chris Gabel