“I create both light and darkness; I bring both blessing and disaster”.
Isa 45:7 GNB
Years ago a Scottish Professor of Theology was riding in a bus to a small town where he was going to conduct the funeral service of one of his students. The young man had been killed in an accident. The professor got chatting to another passenger next to him on the seat and it turned out that the man knew the deceased student. “Tell me”, the man said, “Was it God who caused the accident or was it Satan?” The professor thought for a moment and then replied, “I suppose you could say it was both”. Where does an accident come from? Where does anything come from?
It was probably generally supposed in Israel that God had creat- ed Israel and no one had thought further than that. When Isaiah spoke for God in supposedly addressing Cyrus he made a big effort to impress upon the foreign Emperor the strength, greatness, superiority and sovereignty of Israel’s God. One of the points he made was that everything came from this God. So exclusive was his control of nature that he was even the author of light and darkness. “God’s sovereignty could not be more broadly stated. All things, irrespective of their character, are from him and for his ends” (G. A. Smith, The Book of Isaiah, Vol 2, p166).
Of course we understand much more about the origins of many things than did Isaiah writing two and a half thousand years ago. And we have created some pretty impressive things in the meantime. Christian believers will acknowledge that human ingenuity has been hard at work and will rejoice in these achievements. They will also rejoice that God’s handiwork is still vitally active in all things.
Lord, finally all things come from you.