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God’s Care for All Creation


Deism is a philosophy that believes in the existence of a supreme being but does not believe that this being is engaged with the universe. The god of deism created all things and then stepped back to let creation run according to its own laws. We might describe this god as the world’s absentee landlord.

Today’s passage offers a very different view of what God is like. The God described in Psalm 104 is both the creator and the sustainer of the universe. Instead of being absent from creation, the God portrayed in Scripture lovingly cares for what He has made.

The Bible is clear on the question of the earth’s origin. The earth and all that is in it were made by God. He created both the heavens and the earth, as well as all those who dwell in them (see Genesis 1–3). Among these are the heavenly beings, described as “messengers” (v. 4). The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews reveals that this verse is “speaking of the angels” (Heb. 1:7).

God did more than create the earth and those who dwell on it. He also made provision for their needs. God supplied the means for our survival, including water for the animals, grass for cattle, and plants for people to cultivate so that they could produce their own food (vv. 10–14). Although we must labor to provide for our needs, the ability and means to do so come from God. He is the one who “supplies seed to the sower and bread for food” (2 Cor. 9:10). This is part of God’s love for His world. “All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things” (vv. 27–28).

Apply the Word

Life and death are in God’s hands (vv. 29–30). Just as He has numbered the hairs on your head, the Lord has also counted your days (see Matt. 10:29–31). We are dependent upon Him for “life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:25). Do you have needs today? Take a few minutes now to bring them before the Lord.

BY Dr. John Koessler, Chair and Professor of Pastoral Studies

Dr. John Koessler serves as chair and professor in the division of applied theology and church ministry at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is married to Jane and has two sons, Drew and Jarred. John is the author of The Radical Pursuit of Rest (InterVarsity), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment (Moody) and True Discipleship (Moody). John has written several other books and articles and serves as a contributing editor for Today in the Word.

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