In Colossians 1:15-23, Paul wrote an amazing hymn about the person and work of Christ. Paul wrote that Jesus not only created all things (v. 16), he also stated, “… and in Him all things hold together” (v. 17). What this refers to is the fact that in this incomprehensively vast universe, Jesus holds every part together—every galaxy, every star, every comet, every molecule, and every atom. Given the scope and complexity of the universe, that’s an immense number of things to ‘hold together.’ The amazing thing is that holding the entire cosmos together is not difficult work for Jesus. Just as He effortlessly created the boundless universe of visible and invisible, so He effortlessly sustains it. There is no difficulty in it for Him. He doesn’t get fatigued by it. He has it completely under control.
This is more than just an academic truth, however. It’s actually very practical. Not only does Jesus hold together the unfathomably vast cosmos, He holds together our lives. Yours and mine. He who effortlessly sustains every facet of this complex universe is also keeping an eye on every aspect of our lives and issues. There’s not a single element of which He is unaware. He ‘holds together’ every facet of our lives.
More and more I’ve thought of this as I’ve crawled into bed at night, still carrying burdens of the day. Those burdens can easily threaten my sleep. I have been reflecting more on the fact that Jesus is currently holding the universe together. Because He’s doing a more than adequate job with the universe as a whole, I realize that He is more than capable of holding together every detail of my life… and the lives of others I care about. I sleep better when I think that way as I wind up the day. Reflect on the reality of Colossians 1:17 if you go to bed burdened. It’s a way better than a sleep aid.