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  • Preservation - God's keeping and upholding of all things by His power


    Thou, even Thou, art LORD alone; Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and Thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth Thee.

    - Nehemiah 9:6

    Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; Thy judgments are a great deep: 0 LORD, Thou preservest man and beast.

    - Psalm 36:6

    Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power.

    - Hebrews 1:3a


      God's providence includes three divine acts:

      1. Preservation

      2. Cooperation (or concurrence)

      3. Government

    Preservation is the almighty power of God by which He upholds all things in their existence until the time determined by Him. Without the continuous work of divine preservation, the entire creation would fall apart. God maintains all things in being and action. He sustains life in all living creatures.

      Andrew lived near a steep mountain range. One day, as he hiked up the mountains, he sat on a rock next to a stream to rest for a few minutes from his strenuous climb. With increasing fascination, he watched the trickling stream as it splashed and fell around and over various rocks, logs, and pebbles in its cascade down the mountainside.

      After watching this constant flow of water for some time, he wondered, "Why doesn't the water in this stream ever stop? "

      The more he thought about this question and the complexities involved in producing the snow and rain necessary to supply the water for the stream, the more amazed he became.

      "This stream is a miracle!" he suddenly stated aloud. He further noticed the abundance of ferns, mosses, shrubs, and trees which drew water from the stream. Then he thought of the birds and animals living in the trees. In this manner, his mind traveled from one object to another until he was moved to exclaim, "This whole mountainside is a miracle; the entire world and universe is one great miracle! "

      God's work of preservation in maintaining one mountainside is tremendous. When we think of all the mountains, valleys, and fields in the world; all the living creatures needing daily food and shelter; the complexity of the universe in its constant operations - all requiring God's continued preserving work: this passes all human understanding.

      Have you, like Andrew, experienced times when the greatness of God's work of preservation has overwhelmed you?

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