Monday, February 18, 2013

“What If?”

What if we live anticipated lives, as it were? What if our Heavenly Father knows everything that will transpire during our earthly journeys, and has prepared the Lord Jesus Christ to be everything we will ever need in every moment?

What if God is working all things together for the good of them that love Him? What if the pleasures, the pains, and the mundane will all somehow fit together in conforming us to the image of the Lord Jesus?

What if the great fact of every moment, including this one, involves the presence, power, and working of our Lord by His Spirit? What if His presence is often in direct proportion to the appearance of His absence, and that we will one day see that God’s greatest doings transpired when He seemed nowhere to be found?

What if the worst our enemies can foist upon us will ultimately redound to our benefit and the glory of God? What if the worst thing that ever happened, namely, the unjust torture and execution of the Lord Jesus, was actually the hour of God’s best and greatest working on behalf of the race that killed His Son?

What if this moment finds us on the mind and in the heart of God as if we were the only person who exists? What if His interest in us is so loving and so devoted that He literally numbers the hairs on our heads?

What if those things that matter to us matter to the Lord? What if He rejoices in our joys, and sorrows in our sorrows? What if He is “touched with the feeling of our infirmities?”

What if our Savior prays for us in this moment, and forevermore? What if He presently offers intercessions for us in precise accordance with our circumstance, condition, and situation?

What if the hands He raises to His Father on our behalf are marred with prints of nails inflicted because our hands were stained with sin? What if His feet bear the same because our feet have too often treaded wayward paths? And what if the wound of a spear still exists upon His heart broken in order to redeem and transform our hearts?

What if “the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin?” What if God “delighteth in mercy,” and that the Son of man came “to seek and to save that which is lost” rather than to condemn?

What if the Lord Jesus is risen from the dead? What if He is a living Savior, whose Life beyond life infuses this moment, regardless of its earthly content and condition, with the glory of Heavenly reality and resurrection?

What if our Heavenly Father so loves us that if we have trusted in the Lord Jesus, He inhabits the innermost sanctum of our being by His Holy Spirit. What if we are His home, and He is our home?

What if we are going to live forever in the presence of One so sublimely wonderful that heavenly beings “rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come?” What if He exists in such goodness that we shall journey forever into the heart of God, but never reach the horizon of His love? What if the ocean of Christ’s wonder is without shore, and the starry heaven of His blessedness knows no boundary? What if every new discovery of God’s glory beckons us to venture still onward into the Infinite and the Eternal? Yes, what if? What if…

All these blessed possibilities exist as literal realities for the trusting sons and daughters of God in Christ. Our experience of them may wax and wane, but the reality abides both now and forever. This is written as a simple reminder, and as a prayer for your heart and mind, such as prayed long ago by the Apostle Paul…

“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:15-20)

(Psalm 147:5; Acts 15:8; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11; Acts 17:28; Genesis 28:16; Genesis 50:20; Acts 2:23; II Corinthians 5:19; Psalm 40:5; Matthew 10:30; I Peter 5:7; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 7:25; John 20:27; I John 1:7; Luke 19:10; Micah 7:18; Luke 19:10; Matthew 28:6; Matthew 28:20; Ephesians 2:22; Psalm 90:1; Revelation 4:8)

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