Monday, April 8, 2013

“The Question of the Moment”

     The question of this and of every moment – “Am I trusting the Lord and doing His will right now? – is often not easily answered.  Our Heavenly Father does not audibly confirm faithfulness, nor does He hire a skywriter to grace the sky with a vaporous checkmark of affirmation.  Moreover, our own evaluation of faithfulness does not always result in an accurate answer.  “There is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). 

    Frequent consideration and directing the inquiry Heavenward provides perhaps our best hope of a consistently positive answer.  “Heavenly Father, am I trusting You and doing Your will right now?”  The very fact of seriously and frequently asking the question indicates a heart malleable in the Lord’s hands, and capable of being directed along the path of righteousness. God promises His guidance to those who trust and acknowledge Him, and to those who “lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Thus, we do well to establish the question of the moment as a guiding principle, expecting it to result in a spiritual and moral environment of the heart whereby faithful obedience becomes the natural overflow of the Holy Spirit’s presence.  “He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).

    The past is gone.  The future of our earthly existence is not guaranteed.  Thus, the faith and obedience of this moment beckons us to raise the question of this moment. “Lord, am I trusting You and doing Your will, right now?”  Again, while we expect no audible or visible answer from our Lord, consistently asking the question will make possible and even likely the doing of God’s will, as empowered by the Spirit of Christ.  Such performance comes with its own affirmation that increasingly provides a strong sense of confirmation that we are responding to our Lord’s will in this, the only moment we actually possess in which to trust and obey God.

“Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”
(Psalm 143:10)   

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