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Not Luck, but Christ

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February 24, 2024 7:00 pm

Not Luck, but Christ

Our Daily Bread Ministries / Various Hosts

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February 24, 2024 7:00 pm

Discover magazine suggests that there are around 700 quintillion (7 followed by 20 zeros) planets in the universe, but only one like Earth. Astrophysicist Erik Zackrisson said that one of the requirements for a planet to sustain life is to orbit in the “Goldilocks” zone, where the temperature is just right and water can exist. Out of 700 quintillion planets, Earth seems to be one planet where conditions are just right. Zackrisson concluded that Earth somehow had been dealt a “fairly lucky hand.”

Paul assured the Colossian believers that the universe existed, not because of Lady Luck, but because of the work of Jesus. The apostle presents Christ as the Creator of the world (Colossians 1:16). “For in him all things were created.” Not only was Jesus the powerful creator of the world, but Paul says that “in him all things hold together” (v. 17)—a world that’s not too hot and not too cold, but one that’s just right for human existence. What Jesus created, He’s sustaining with His perfect wisdom and unceasing power.

As we participate and enjoy the beauty of creation, let’s choose not to point to the random activity of Lady Luck, but to the purposeful, sovereign, powerful and loving One who possesses “all [God’s] fullness” (v. 19).

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I welcome to today's word of encouragement from your friends at Our Daily Bread. The reading for today titled, Not Luck, But Christ, was written by Marvin Williams. Discover Magazine suggests that there are around 700 quintillion, that's seven, followed by 20 zeroes, planets in the universe, but only one like Earth. Astrophysicist Eric Zachrisson said that one of the requirements for a planet to sustain life is to orbit in the Goldilocks zone where the temperature is just right and water can exist.

Out of 700 quintillion planets, Earth seems to be one planet where conditions are just right. Zachrisson concluded that Earth somehow had been dealt a fairly lucky hand. Paul assured the Colossian believers that the universe existed not because of lady luck, but because of the work of Jesus. The apostle presents Christ as the creator of the world, for in him all things were created. Not only was Jesus the powerful creator of the world, but Paul says that in him all things hold together, a world that's not too hot nor too cold, but one that's just right for human existence. What Jesus created, he's sustaining with his perfect wisdom and unceasing power. As we participate in and enjoy the beauty of creation, let's choose not to point to the random activity of lady luck, but to the purposeful, sovereign, powerful, and loving one who possesses all God's fullness.

Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from the apostle Paul's writings in Colossians chapter 1 verses 15 through 20. The sun 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, 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. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood shed on the cross. Would you pray with me now? Dear Jesus, thank you for graciously and purposefully creating and sustaining your creation. Would you help us to live with wisdom and discernment as those you've charged with the care and upkeep of our earthly home? And it's in your name that we pray, amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Wes Ward, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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