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October 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths.”—Psalm 148:6–7 (NKJV)
The longer you live, the more you come to appreciate this thing called sustainability. It’s one thing to create something spectacular, something that makes heads turn and jaws drop. This happens all the time. The latest phone, the newest vehicle, the enhanced appliance . . . they have the power to stop us in our tracks and captivate us.
Here’s what we don’t see though: the unsustainable nature of such things. The phone is going to die, break, or run out of capacity at some point. The same thing is going to happen to the vehicle, the appliance, and just about anything else you can think of. That’s because no matter how impressive something is at the outset, its sustainability is limited. There’s an expiration date on just about everything, because that’s the prevailing trend of earth, which is why God’s ways and His works are in such contrast to our world.
God is infinite and eternal, which means He’s able to sustain things in a way that defy the finite ways of this world. When He creates something, His involvement does not end there. No, He continues to uphold, support, and maintain it! He sustains what He creates.
The Psalmist keys in on this characteristic of God as he writes, “He made a decree which shall not pass away.” The decree referenced here is God’s decree for the sea to be filled with creatures. He made that happen back in the earth’s beginning and He’s sustained sea life ever since! Of course, individual animals die, but the transference of life from one reproductive generation to the next has ultimately been sustained and guided by God’s sovereign hand.
This truth applies to every believer in Christ, too. If you’re a Christian, your Christianity is sustainable. Why? Because the creative work God has begun in you, (making you more and more like His Son, Jesus) is something He will continue and complete. He is able (and willing) to sustain the work He has begun.
Remember, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV).
DIG: What key characteristic about God does the Psalmist emphasize? Why is this such an important aspect of God’s ways and works?
DISCOVER: How do you factor into the principle of sustainability?
DO: Praise the Lord today for the sustainability you’ve been given through Jesus. Sing songs of praise about the life you have in Christ.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.