Deuteronomy 4:39 (NIV)
So acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.
He is not far from each one of us. For “In him we live and move and have our being.”
Sometimes the simplest truths are both vitally important and taken too easily for granted. For example, the sun will rise soon in the east. Simple, vitally important, taken for granted. Gravity functions: same story. The light comes on when I flip the switch: likewise. Perhaps there are people who don’t believe in gravity, electricity, or daily rhythms, but they are few. On the other hand it does little earthly harm to take those realities for granted.
When it comes to God the same cannot be said. That he exists, that there is only one God, and that he gives us life is a confession of believers. Most people also believe in the existence of God. What makes true believers different is the ability to name God, acknowledge his unique reign, and embrace his daily provision with thanks and faith. The truth of God’s existence, identity, and daily provision must not be taken for granted.
God is the One who sent his Son, empowers us with the Holy Spirit, and receives our prayers as a kind and gracious heavenly Father. This we believe. To look to another for these things is sin, but thankfully God’s daily provision also includes forgiveness for Jesus’ sake together with everything we need to support this body and life.
These truths may be simple, but they are profoundly important, and worth recalling daily.