I live just outside downtown Los Angeles, and from my balcony I have a stunning view of the San Gabriel Mountains towering over Pasadena and other surrounding cities. I know those mountains aren’t just sitting there, maintaining their own majesty. Someone is upholding them. The question begs to be answered. Why is that Someone holding them up?
We know who is sustaining them, and everything else for that matter. “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17). Another example comes from Hebrews: the Son “sustain[s] all things by his powerful word” (1:3). The Triune God is clearly the One who actively gives life to all things.
But why? The answer is hinted at in Psalm 104.
The Psalmist tells us that God stretches out the heavens, raises up the mountains, and makes springs burst forth for animals to drink (vv. 2, 8, 10). He sustains the birds who sing on tree branches, and the earth is satisfied with the fruit of his work (vv. 12–13). Then comes the reason. Toward the end of the Psalm, the author exclaims, “The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works” (v. 31, KJV).
Ah ha! So that’s why God sustains the planets, mountains, birds, rivers, and valleys. Because he enjoys it. He “rejoices in his works.”
Doesn’t God get bored upholding it all day after day, age after age? G. K. Chesterton answered in this way in Orthodoxy:
Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people ...
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