Last week I noticed my monitor with my computer at work start to flicker and fade and upon investigation, learned that it was the motherboard that was starting to fade. About the time I had just ordered a new work computer, Claire called and said that our freezer wasn’t working but the light was on inside. When I checked on that I learned that – you guessed it! – it was the motherboard that controls the temperature and it had failed. So I replaced the control with the motherboard and we were freezing again.
A few days later I got the new computer and as I was downloading a new operating system, it went completely crazy and Jim at technical support said that it sounded to him like ..... wait for it.... the motherboard! I was at a point where if something had a motherboard, no matter how big or small, I was afraid I was going to sabotage it!
The things that control so many electronics are wonderful when they work but when they fail, it’s a major problem. Whether it is motherboards or leaders or the things that control our lives, all human things will fail at some point. Nothing is perfect and it’s all going to have a problem.
Our Father in heaven, on the other hand, “is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:25-26). God made all things, controls all things and rules over all things and we can be sure that his loving control of all things will never break down or fail.
There has been a lot of breakdown around us recently. Cancer continues to strike our loved ones relentlessly and we know that we are not in control of what happens in our bodies. Our government seems to be in a state of dysfunction and we wonder if anyone is really in control of our nation. There are threats from other nations that make us feel vulnerable and not in control. Families struggle at times to stay together and sometimes do fall apart and fail. It is easy at times to begin to feel like it’s all breaking down and failing.
And then we remember that we have a Father in heaven who has created all things and is ruling over all things. It’s called providence and God’s providence never fails. The Heidelberg Catechism gives a beautiful summary of God’s providence in Lord’s Day Ten. Everything, good and bad, is under God’s loving ever present control:
Q. What do you understand by the providence of God?
A. The almighty and ever present power of God by which God upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty— all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand.
And the result is that we can be patient, thankful and have full confidence that nothing will ever separate us from God’s love:
Q. How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us?
A. We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing in creation will separate us from his love. For all creatures are so completely in God’s hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved.
God has us and our lives firmly in his hand. And that won’t ever fail even if other things around us do.