Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Things to Remember

"Anticipated Lives"

     One of the challenges of relationship with God involves our remembering the difference between His mind and ours.  

    "His understanding is infinite… We see through a glass darkly" (Psalm 147:5; I Corinthians 13:12).

    A primary aspect of the disparity involves our Lord's foreknowledge, as opposed to our complete lack thereof.  "Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world" (Acts 15:18).  We have no frame of reference for such consciousness.  We cannot anticipate tomorrow with complete certainty, nor even the next moment.  God, conversely, sees the past, present, and future as if there are but one moment.  A.W. Tozer wrote, "The flutter of an angel's wing a thousand years hence is as known to God as if it occurred in this moment."  

     Consideration of such wonder perplexes us if we attempt to understand its mechanics.  However, it gloriously strengthens and encourages when we remember that the One to whom we have committed our trust perfectly knows everything that will ever transpire in our lives, both in time and eternity.  Our Heavenly Father will never be taken aback by the challenges we face, regardless of their severity, number, or duration.  He is perfectly prepared to lead us in every contingency, be it the pleasant or the painful.  Never does an "Uhoh!" arise in His mind as things happen in our lives.  Foreknowledge, accompanied by perfect wisdom and power, maintains complete readiness to fulfill and requite our trust in the One whose every act proceeds from infinite knowledge of all things.  

   We live anticipated lives, as it were.  The element of surprise that characterizes our consciousness has no place in the mind of God.  Great comfort and assurance awaits us in such remembrance, particulary in those moments that catch us off guard with unexpected challenge.  The One to whom we have entrusted all is never caught off guard, and in such knowledge, such foreknowledge, we rest our hearts and minds.

"Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!"

(Romans 11:33)

Weekly Memory Verse

   I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed.

(Psalm 77:3)

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