Monday, February 17, 2014

"The Journey's Just Begun"

    What is God's part and what is our part in our relationship with Him?  The Bible frequently addresses these questions, providing answers of love, light, grace, faith, faithfulness, communication, and reciprocal involvement. 

    "When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek" (Psalm 27:8).

    We can know enough to enter into relationship with our Lord, and to grow in His grace and truth whereby we enjoy a fulfilling, fruitful bond of love.  However, complete understanding of God's truth regarding His role and our role requires more than a lifetime to fully apprehend.  I run from pat answers, methods, gimmicks, and supposed secrets to Christian living with as much haste as my spiritual feet will allow.  Relationship with any conscious being demands and deserves more than that.  How much more, then, does our fellowship with the living and true God involve ongoing discovery?  We require applied contemplation, concentration, and consecration for such a holy gift, even as the Psalmist declared, "I will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways" (Psalm 119:15).

   What does it mean to be loved by God, and to love Him in response?  I hope that I've seen at least a ray or two of light concerning this most vital question of our existence.  Nevertheless, after nearly four decades of being His child through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I feel as if I've barely entered the surf of the shoreless Ocean that beckons me to  sail ever further into the glory of relationship with God.  This will always be true because the Lord with whom we relate spans the infinite and the eternal.  We shall never reach the end of God's person, character, nature, and way.  There is no end.  Thus, to discover who He is, and how we relate to Him promises a voyage upon the sea of forever.  There is no more thrilling prospect, and nothing more eliminates any notion of  the oversimplified regarding relationship with our wondrous Heavenly Father.

There is no end to the quest we know,
forever beckons on.
For we soar in skies so bright and blue,
above all clouds and storm.

Yes, we fly into the heart of God,
as in His Son we trust,
and earth will soon be nothing more
than long forgotten dust.

So spread your wings and catch the wind,
o journeyman of hope,
and race toward horizons blessed
with those who also know

That the quest of hearts is Jesus,
He is our shining sun,
it matters not how far we've come,
the Journey's just begun.

"I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 3:13-14)

Weekly Memory Verse
  They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
(Psalm 126:5)

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