‘He’ is the Strong Force
By Don Hester
I’m sitting at my computer key board in my home office of Evansville, IN, USA., the latitude of 38.0223°degrees North. While I sit comfortably in my chair, I am aware that scientific study and observation of the ‘things’ that are visible reveal that the Earth is spinning on its axis at my latitude/degree location at approximately 795 mph. We know that the Earth is a part of ‘our’ solar system which includes our known neighboring planets and our wonderful star which is our Sun. We know that our solar system is a part of the immense Milky Way Galaxy and we know that the MW Galaxy is a part of the larger and vastly immeasurable universe. Scientific observation reveals that the Earth is revolving around the Sun at approximately 67,000 mph and our entire solar system is revolving in our galaxy at approximately 515,000 mph.
There are ‘visible’ observations in all of these scientific calculations. And then..there are the ‘invisible’ observations. Such as, what is the force that holds all of this together and how does it work…where does it come from. Once we move from what can be accurately observed to what is beyond observation and is not visible to measure or calculate, we move into the realm of ‘theory’.
The strongest force in nature, according to ‘particle’ physicists, is the Strong Force and it is this ‘strong force’ that holds existence together. If we have studied physical science at even a high school level, then we have a basic understanding of the elementary particles which are the core matter of all things that have mass. We have heard of the basic particles that are named atoms and atoms possess neutrons and protons and we now know that there are even smaller classes of particles called elementary particles and they are named quarks and leptons. All of these particles can be identified and observed within the study of particle physics. Then, we get into the area of the fundamental forces that are at play within and between all of the various particles. And it is these ‘forces’ that are at work to bind all things together. Two of those forces, one strong, and one weak, have been named ‘gravity’ and ‘electromagnetism’. Science can only theorize how the forces actually work and what they do and why they do it. These theories are developed into ‘models’.
As a faith-based human being (meaning…I personally have placed my belief for the existence of ‘all things’ in the person and power of God-the-Son, Jesus Christ as Creator and Sustainer of ‘all things’) I have confidence that Jesus Christ is the creator and force that holds the universal system together. He sustains it by His power. I know this ‘because’ the Word of God, the Bible, reveals it over and over, again and again.
I want to take the next few days and look at verses in the Bible that clearly state that God/Jesus is the creator of the all things, is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and that He holds the existence of all things ‘together’ by His power. He alone is the Strong Force. I pray that as you read these verses, that your heart will well-up with praise and that you will be drawn deeper into your relationship with your sovereign and powerful God.
John 1:3 ESV
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Hebrews 1:3 ESV
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 11:3 ESV
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
Colossians 1:16 ESV
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Genesis 1:1-31 ESV
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …
Revelation 4:11 ESV
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Genesis 2:7 ESV
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Genesis 1:1 ESV
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
John 1:1-3 ESV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Romans 1:20 ESV
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Exodus 20:11 ESV
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Genesis 1:26 ESV
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis 1:24-25 ESV
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Job 12:7-9 ESV
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
Psalm 33:6 ESV
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
2 Peter 3:5 ESV
For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,
My prayer and praise: Glorious God and Savior, Jesus Christ. My heart leaps with praise to You. I know that You alone created all things and hold all things together by your power. I praise You as Creator and Lord of the entire universe. I have such peace and confidence knowing that such a powerful and loving God can easily keep and sustain me and bring me into eternity to live with You forever. Thank you, thank you.
(con’t tomorrow, part II)