Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Adventures In God" Part 1

   "My expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5).

   King David knew the Lord well enough to understand that God provides the theme and context of our future (whether in the short term or the more distant days to come).  Thus, he affirmed a primary sensibility that characterizes a heart of faith, namely, the determination to expect God.  David believed in a dynamically present and involved Lord, thus preparing him to experience the great fact of our existence, namely, that "in Him, we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).

    Such confidence constitutes life in terms of adventure.  The knowledge of our Father's involvement privileges and commissions us to consistently respond to the wondrous truth.  This is a primary reason we must consistently read the Bible.  Scripture prepares us to anticipate the Lord's loving presence and activity.  He loves us no less than the trusting saints about whom we read in the pages of the Old and New Testaments.  Nor did they possess more potential to anticipate and realize that we all are as fish that swim in the ocean that is God.  The Bible stimulates our capacity for expectation by fortifying us with confidence that our Lord is at hand with the presence, provision, power, and purposeful intention that gives life its true meaning.  Or, as the Apostle Paul wrote, "To live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21).

    God offers to us in this day the adventure of knowing, loving, trusting, obeying, and honoring Him, as experienced along the path of our particular lives and spheres of influence.  No greater blessing and no greater challenge presents itself to us.  Do we believe that such truth is, in fact, true?  Will we expect God?  The adventure awaits all who do and will.  May we join David in his holy anticipation, and in the prophet's similar determination of faith…

"I will look for Him."

(Isaiah 8:17)

Tomorrow:  "Expectation and Experience"

Weekly Memory Verse

   All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.

(Matthew 11:27)

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