Saturday, October 29, 2016

“Faithful and True" "60"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Faithful and True"


     The day is here.  60.  I have never focused on age, but this birthday seems significant.  Or perhaps I have succumbed a bit to the temptation to make it more than it is.  Indeed, as a believer in the eternal existence of all conscious beings, I know that time does not actually constitute the importance we often grant to its inexorable passage of moments.

    "We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (II Corinthians 4:18).

    I will choose to trust, to rest, and to rejoice in this day, as I hope to do in all others.  I will also seek to give thanks for the innumerable gifts graciously bestowed by the Lord in these six decades (including those of you who read these messages).  I awoke to this beginning of another epoch in time with fresh determination to seek quality, God's Christ-centered standard of life and being, in all things.  I have long believed in the principle that "Less is more".  I hope I have walked in the light of that Truth to some degree.  I am sure I have not done so in far too many ways and means.  Thus, this new day and new time of life seems to offer a fresh start on the path of righteousness whereupon how we do what do is every bit as important - even more - than what we do.  "Whatsoever ye do... do all to the glory of God" (I Corinthians 10:31).  

   I am blessed to feel far better physically at 60 than I did at 30.  Of far greater importance, I am much more confident of God's loving presence, involvement, and faithfulness than I would have dreamed possible half a lifetime ago.  I do not know how this transmits to the Lord's evaluation of my own faithfulness.  I join the Apostle Paul in that regard.  "I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord" (I Corinthians 4:3-4).  But this I know after all these years: the God and Father of our Lord Jesus is trustworthy beyond every conception and imagination our minds and hearts can ponder.  He is perfect in His way and in His doings.  He cannot lie.  He cannot fail.  And He cannot be other than who He is.  If 60 years on the planet have taught me anything, it has taught me that.  Of all that I could have learned during these times, these days of my life, I can think of nothing that comes close to the blessing of this ongoing discovery of God's good and perfectly faithful heart.   And I hope in whatever time the Lord grants to me beyond these days, I will learn of such wonder far more.

"My times are in Thy hand."
(Psalm 31:15)
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True."
(Revelation 19:11)

Weekly Memory Verse
     Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised.
(Hebrews 10:23)

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