“No God, No Potatoes” (Acts 17:28)

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When life gets hard, humor has a way of lightening the load. I heard recently that in Russia the peasant farmers often enjoy telling this story: It seems that a commissar came to a farmer one day and inquired about the year’s potato crop. “Oh, it was wonderful,” replied the farmer. “Good, good,” said the official, approvingly. “Just how big was it?” “Oh, it was so big it reached up to the very foot of God.” The commissar’s countenance changed. With a scowl, he said, “But comrade, this is a communist state and we are atheists. You must not forget, there is no God!” “That’s right, commissar, that’s what I mean. No God – no potatoes.”

A deep truth lies hidden in this humorous tale. God is the source of all things – whether we admit it or not. The apostle Paul went so far as to say to his pagan audience, “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.” And in today’s Scripture, he focused the great creating and sustaining work of God in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:16-18). Without Him, we could not draw single breath, our bodies could not function, and we would have not provision for our daily sustenance.

Atheists may have convinced themselves that God does not exist. Yet we who are His children through faith in His Son know otherwise. But do we show it by the way we live? That is the key question. Each day let’s depend upon Him, so that every blessing is recognized as coming from His gracious hand. – Dennis J. De Haan

Part of God’s name divinely stands

On every work impressed;

Each is the labor of His hands,

By each His power confessed. – Anon.

 

However long the chain of secondary causes, the first link is always in God’s hand.

  • September 28, 1984, Our Daily Bread
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