For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:5-7)
Forgetting What The Word Of God Is Doing
The beauty of the world is a magnificent canvas of spectacular views drawn upon the pages of mountains, valleys, plains, oceans and the heavens above. Each day is a testimony to the incredible vistas of brilliant colors, sounds and energy of the world in motion. Gazing upon an early morning sunrise or grasping the final rays of the setting sun, there is a complete harmony throughout the whole earth. The human body is an amazing part of the fabric called life. Without any thought from man, the heart beats millions of times in a lifetime. Eyes draw in the sights; ears perceive the sounds and the joys of taste discern a thousand different textures. The brain processes millions of thoughts remembering stories years past and hopes of the future. Everything about life is filled with the wonder of how it all works.
In the midst of all of the wonder of life and its intricate means of existence is forgotten how all of this works. Everything – from the rising of the sun and the beating of the heart – is brought together by the word of God. Planetary revolutions are held in place by the will of the Creator in perfection. The rising of the sun and its setting are determined in such precise conditions man can predict the exact moment of sunrise and sunset. As the Moon influences the waves of the seas, high tides and low tides are calculated to a precise timing. Every part of the human body is a miracle of creation allowing man to heal diseases and repair the body in wondrous ways. All of this is made possible because the word of God.
Peter reminds us of the power of the great flood that destroyed all life on earth save eight people and a boatload of animals. The flood in Noah’s day was not a natural occurrence but a testimony of the mighty power of the word of God. As the world was formed by the spoken word, so the world was destroyed when the Lord God spoke and the heavens burst forth and the waters of the deep ascended. All life was destroyed because the word of God was spoken. This same word saved Noah and his household. It is this same word that holds the world together allowing it to exist in every form today. The admonition of Peter was written two thousand years ago but the word remains the same.
Take a moment and look around at everything you see. By the word of God, it remains in place and continues as it has since the beginning of time. One day the word of God will speak and everything in this world will come to an abrupt end. In the blink of an eye, the entire universe and everything contained within will be destroyed. This destruction will be brought about by the powerful, majestic and mighty word of God.
The God and Father, who holds the universe together, is superior to every being that exists, for He imparts to each one from His own existence that which each one is. (Origen, De Principiis, c. 254 A.D.)