Friday, August 21, 2015

"The Matter At Hand"

    Innumerable choices of faith and devotion to God and people present themselves to us throughout our earthly lifetime.  One, however, stands before us in the greatest significance and importance.

   "And now, Lord, what wait I for?  My hope is in Thee" (Psalm 39:7).  

    The matter at hand is the matter of heart that must be addressed.  Will we love, trust, and submit unto the Lord Jesus Christ in this present moment, regardless of it's conditions, circumstances, and situations?  This comprises the most important choice of our lives because the past is gone, and we have no guarantee of any future opportunity.  If I wait until the next decision of faith presents itself, I miss the matter at hand the opportunity of this moment.  Thankfully, through the Lord Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father promises forgiveness and cleansing for past avoidance of the opportunity, and if He grants to us another earthly moment, a new calling yet again presents us with the most important choice of our lives, namely, this choice.  
    We cannot change the past, nor do we have certain assurance and knowledge of the future.  The decision of the present thus beckons us.  We cannot venture over the hill up ahead if we do not take the step that lies just before us.  The nature of the choice may be obvious as illuminated by Scripture, or this moment may simply call us to the heart's determination of "Thy will be done, o Lord."  We have but one opportunity to love, trust, and obey the Lord.  We're living in it, in this present moment of the everpresent God who will lead and enable us as we realize that the matter at hand is the matter of the heart.  Yes, the most important choice of our lives is this choice.

"Hearken unto Me now therefore, o ye children, and attend to the words of My mouth."
(Proverbs 7:24)

Weekly Memory Verse
   I will both lay me down in peace and sleep, for Thou Lord only makest me dwell in safety. 
(Psalm 4:8)

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