Friday, May 24, 2013

"Supernatural Works, Natural Means"

     God often accomplishes supernatural works through apparently natural means.

    "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). 
    "Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee" (Psalm 128:1-2).

     Which is it that supplies for our needs, the provision of God, or "the labor of thine hands?"  The answer is both.  Of course, our Lord is the source of all supply.  "He giveth to all life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25).  However, He most often administers this generous abundance through the earthly expression of our efforts.  Again, the supernatural flows through the conduit of the natural, so much so that we will fail to see the open hand of God if we disbelieve or forget His promised supply for "all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

     This truth of the spiritual revealed in and by the natural applies to countless aspects of our lives.  Many things appear simply to occur as theexpression of the normal course of events.  A follows B, B follows C, and life seems to simply fall out according to naturalistic cause and effect.  In reality, the presence and working ofthe Lord Jesus pervades all things in a purposeful application of power that would terrify us if we could fully see if for even the briefest moment.  Our Lord "upholds all things by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3).  Thus, we are as fish that live in a mighty ocean of vibrant and teeming life, of His life.  We may not always see it, understand it, or appropriate the wonder of His working, nor are we presently meant to walk by sight.  We rather walk by faith, and the trusting heart will be given enoughglimpses of Divine glory to thrill us, fill us, and fulfill us (II Corinthians 5:7).

    The Lord Jesus Himself provides the clearest insight into the truth of the natural and the supernatural.  Was and is He the Divine God or the human man?  Again, the answer is both.  The heavenly and the earthly somehow perfectly unite in our blessed Lord, revealing the ultimate intention of our Heavenly Father to reveal the Unseen through the seen.  "No man hath seen God at any time.  The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him" (John 1:18).  Yes, supernatural works often flow through natural means.  Such truth begins in the very person of God Himself, as revealed in His Son.  Let us therefore expect such truth to be wrought in our lives and this day.  Because it will.

"In Him we live and move and have our being."
(Acts 17:28)

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