Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Saturday Series - 12 - “The God of Detail”

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

(Friends:  Most Saturdays for the duration of this year, I plan on sharing a message that relates to the character and nature of God, and our response thereunto.  I hope you will find it helpful, and as always, thanks for allowing us to send the devotionals to you.  Glen).

The Saturday Series - 12

"The God of Detail"     
    God intimately and intricately involves Himself in everything that exists.  

   "Whither shall I go from Thy spirit?  Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?   If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me." (Psalm 139:7-10).

   To say that our Lord is the God of detail grossly understates the truth.  All things teem with His living and involved presence.  We can venture to no destination wherein our Lord is not actively engaged, "upholding all things by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3).  "God is… God is here… God is working" - these facts comprise the reality of all things, all places, all circumstances, situations, and conditions.  "God.. worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:3; 11).  Of course, we don't see the vast majority of His doings, nor are we constantly aware of His living presence.  "We walk by faith, not by sight" in our present existence (II Corinthians 5:7).  Thus, most of our Lord's reality goes unnoticed, whether by oversight or inability to perceive and understand.  The most godly among us see relatively little of the pervasive presence and working of God in His creation.

   We don't have to miss all, however.  The new birth grants to us new vision of God and His involvement in all things (John 3:3).  This includes our lives.  "In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).  As we walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit grants insight into many of God's doings.  Consistent reading of the Bible prepares us to see, and the fellowship of believers encourages and challenges us to remember that our Lord comprises the great fact and reality of our lives.  Nothing escapes His attention, nor can anything escape His presence and involvement.  He works in creation, in His trusting children, and in all things to fulfill His ultimate purpose of honoring and revealing His Son (Romans 1:20; Philippians 2:13; Proverbs 16:4).  He is the God of detail, the Father so interested in the things made by His Son that every aspect of creation serves as His place of presence and involvement.   This is truth and reality, overwhelming in its concept, but wonderfully blessed in its bestowal of peace to all who open their eyes to see and believe that God is… God is here… God is working."

"The whole earth is full of His glory."
(Isaiah 6:3)

Weekly Memory Verse 
"Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day."
(Psalm 25:5)

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